Oban railway station

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Oban National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: An t-Oban
Place Oban
Local authority Argyll and Bute
Coordinates 56°24′44″N 5°28′30″W / 56.4121°N 5.4749°W / 56.4121; -5.4749Coordinates: 56°24′44″N 5°28′30″W / 56.4121°N 5.4749°W / 56.4121; -5.4749
Grid reference NM857298
Station code OBN
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.114 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.110 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.109 million
2007/08 Steady 0.109 million
2008/09 Increase 0.157 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.120 million
2010/11 Increase 0.122 million
Original company Callander and Oban Railway
Pre-grouping Callander and Oban Railway operated by Caledonian Railway
1 July 1880 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Oban from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Oban railway station is a railway station serving Oban in Scotland. It is the terminus of one branch of the highly scenic West Highland Line 101.3 miles (163 km) north of Glasgow Queen Street. It was originally the terminus of the Callander and Oban Railway. Services are operated by First ScotRail.


Oban station in 1948

Oban station opened on 1 July 1880. A ticket platform (long since disused but still in situ) was located on the west side of the single line, about half a mile to the south. Just south of there, a short branch line diverged to the east, towards a goods yard and engine shed.

Two additional platforms were constructed on the west side of the station in 1904, following the opening of the branch from Connel Ferry to Ballachulish.

Following closure of the goods yard and engine shed, a rail-connected oil storage depot occupied part of the site for a number of years, although this has itself since closed.

Since 1982, only the 1904-built platforms remain in use (still numbered as Platforms 3 and 4). The present small station building was officially opened on 3 January 1986, the occasion being marked by the naming of two Class 37 locomotives. Despite it being a listed building, the original station building was subsequently demolished.


Since its opening on 1 July 1880, the single line between Dalmally and Oban was worked by the electric token system, this being the first ever application of that system in everyday service.

Oban originally had two signal boxes, namely Oban Station signal box (the larger of the two), and Oban Goods Junction signal box. The latter was situated about a quarter mile further south, where the line to the goods yard and engine shed diverged from the single line. The original signal boxes contained 21 and 5 levers, respectively. The single line between the two boxes was doubled in 1881.

In connection with the station's enlargement, Oban Station Signal Box was replaced (on the opposite side of the line and slightly nearer the station) in 1904. The new box contained a frame of 64 levers, subsequently shortened to 48. Oban Goods Junction S.B. was replaced in 1929.

Oban Goods Junction S.B. closed on 4 May 1969. Oban Station S.B. closed on 5 December 1982, when a 'no signalman' system of electric token working was introduced on the section from Taynuilt signal box. The last remaining semaphore signals were removed at that time, including the signal gantry.

The Radio Electronic Token Block system was introduced in 1988 and the Train Protection & Warning System was installed in 2003.


A Class 156 with a train to Glasgow

Summer 2007[edit]

In Summer 2007, there were four trains a day to and from Glasgow Queen Street along the West Highland Line.

Winter 2007/08[edit]

During winter 2007/08, there were three trains a day to and from Glasgow Queen Street along the West Highland Line.

Summer 2011[edit]

On Mondays to Saturdays there were three trains to/from Glasgow Queen Street with a fourth train on Saturdays. On Sundays there were three trains to/from Glasgow Queen Street and an extra service to/from Edinburgh Waverley.

Winter 2011/12[edit]

On Mondays to Saturdays, there are three trains to/from Glasgow Queen Street. On Sundays there is just one train to/from Glasgow Queen Street.

From May 2014[edit]

Monday-Friday, there are 7 trains a day, 6 going to Glasgow Queen Street, and 1 terminating at Dalmally. On Saturdays, there are 5 services to/from Glasgow Queen Street. On Sundays until 26 October, there are 3 trains to/from Glasgow Queen Street, with a 4th train running to/from Edinburgh Waverley from 22nd June until 24th August. From 2nd November, there is just one train to/from Glasgow Queen Street

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Connel Ferry   First ScotRail
West Highland Line
Historical railways
Connel Ferry
Line and station open
  Callander and Oban Railway
Caledonian Railway


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