Appin railway station

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Appin Station Remains.jpg
Remains of Appin station
General information
LocationPortnacroish, Argyll and Bute
Coordinates56°34′17″N 5°22′48″W / 56.5713°N 5.3800°W / 56.5713; -5.3800Coordinates: 56°34′17″N 5°22′48″W / 56.5713°N 5.3800°W / 56.5713; -5.3800
Line(s)Ballachulish branch line
Other information
Original companyCallander and Oban Railway
Pre-groupingCallander and Oban Railway operated by Caledonian Railway
Key dates
24 August 1903Opened
25 May 1953Closed
24 August 1953Re-opened
28 March 1966Closed

Appin was a railway station in Scotland, close to the Sound of Shuna on the east shore of Loch Laiche - an arm of Loch Linnhe, Portnacroish, Appin in Argyll and Bute. It was on the Ballachulish branch line that linked Connel Ferry, on the main line of the Callander and Oban Railway, with Ballachulish.


This station opened on 24 August 1903.[1] It was laid out with two platforms, one on either side of a crossing loop. There were sidings on both sides of the line.[citation needed]

Opened by the Callander and Oban Railway, it joined the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. Passing on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

The station was temporarily closed from 25 May to 24 August 1953 when flooding washed away a bridge.[2] It was then closed by the British Railways Board in 1966, when the Ballachulish Branch of the Callander and Oban Railway was closed.[1][3]

The station had been the location of two LMS caravans from 1935 to 1939.[4] A camping coach was also positioned here by the Scottish Region from 1952 to 1965.[5]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station closed
  Callander and Oban Railway
Ballachulish Branch
Caledonian Railway
Line and station closed


Throughout its existence, signalling on the Ballachulish Branch used the electric token system. Appin signal box was located on the Down platform, on the west side of the railway. It had 24 levers.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 17
  2. ^ "Railway Reopens". Dundee Courier. 19 August 1953. p. 4. Retrieved 26 June 2020. – via (subscription required)
  3. ^ Hurst (1992), page 43 (ref 1943)
  4. ^ McRae (1997), page 22
  5. ^ McRae (1998), page 13


Further reading[edit]

  • Fryer, Charles (1989). The Callander and Oban Railway. Oxford: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1377-X. OCLC 21870958.
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.