Ardlui railway station

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Ardlui National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Àird Laoigh
Ardlui.jpg
Ardlui station is unusually busy as passengers on a Mallaig and Oban - Glasgow train stretch their legs whilst waiting for a late running northbound train to cross
Location
Place Ardlui
Local authority Argyll and Bute
Coordinates 56°18′07″N 4°43′18″W / 56.3019°N 4.7217°W / 56.3019; -4.7217Coordinates: 56°18′07″N 4°43′18″W / 56.3019°N 4.7217°W / 56.3019; -4.7217
Grid reference NN316155
Operations
Station code AUI
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 2,252
2012/13 Decrease 2,216
2013/14 Increase 4,566
2014/15 Increase 5,074
2015/16 Decrease 5,072
History
Original company West Highland Railway
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping LNER
7 August 1894 Opened[1]
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ardlui from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ardlui railway station is a remote rural railway station, serving Ardlui at the north end of Loch Lomond, in Scotland. The station is 51 miles (82 km) north of Glasgow Queen Street on the West Highland Line.

History[edit]

Opened to passengers on 7 August 1894 by the West Highland Railway, then run by the North British Railway, it became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. Due to subsidence the main station building, of the standard 'West Highland' design, had to be demolished around 1970 with an open waiting area built on to the signal box.

When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by ScotRail until the Privatisation of British Rail.

Trains crossing at Ardlui in 1948

The station was laid out with a crossing loop and an island platform. There are three sidings on the east side of the station.

On 8 February 1987, the crossing loop was altered to right-hand running. The original Down platform has thus become the Up platform, and vice versa. The change was made in order to simplify shunting at this station, by removing the need to hand-pump the train-operated loop points to access the sidings.

Signalling[edit]

From the time of its opening in 1894, the West Highland Railway was worked throughout by the electric token system. Ardlui signal box was situated on the island platform.

The semaphore signals were removed on 12 January 1986 in preparation for the introduction of Radio Electronic Tokenless Block (RETB) by British Rail. The RETB, which is controlled from a Signalling Centre at Banavie railway station, was commissioned between Helensburgh Upper and Upper Tyndrum on 27 March 1988.

The Train Protection & Warning System was installed in 2003.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturday, there are six services to Oban and three to Mallaig (the latter combined with Oban portions, dividing at Crianlarich) and one service to Fort William (the Highland Caledonian Sleeper) northbound. Southbound, there are six services to Glasgow Queen Street High Level and one service to London Euston via Queen Street Low Level & Edinburgh Waverley (the Highland Caledonian Sleeper does not run on Saturday). On Sundays, there is just one train northbound to Mallaig in winter and two in summer, plus three to Oban; southbound there are three trains southbound to Glasgow Queen Street H.L and the sleeper to London Euston.[2]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Arrochar and Tarbet   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Crianlarich
Arrochar and Tarbet   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Crianlarich
Historical railways
Arrochar and Tarbet
Line and Station open
  West Highland Railway
North British Railway
  Glen Falloch Halt
Line open; Station closed

References[edit]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt (1995) page 17
  2. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 227 (Network Rail)

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