Ben Cruachan Quarry Branch

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     Ben Cruachan Quarry Branch
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 1885 – 1916
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Ben Cruachan Quarry
Zig zags
Left arrowRight arrow Callander and Oban Railway

The Ben Cruachan Quarry Branch was a short standard gauge branch line that was built to serve a granite quarry on Ben Cruachan in Scotland. The branch connected with the Callander and Oban Railway about one kilometre east of Loch Awe railway station.

Engineering works[edit]

It was built as a zig zag railway so as to reach the quarry which was situated high on the steep mountainside.

Traffic[edit]

During construction of the West Highland Railway, material was taken by rail from this branch for the viaducts on that line.

The site today[edit]

The branch was taken out of use in 1916. Its trackbed can still be clearly traced, and many of the wooden sleepers are still in situ.

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Coordinates: 56°24′58″N 5°01′51″W / 56.4160°N 5.0309°W / 56.4160; -5.0309