Bridge of Orchy railway station

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Bridge of Orchy National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid Urchaidh[1]
Bridge of Orchy railway station, Argyll and Bute, West Highland Line.jpg
Location
PlaceBridge of Orchy
Local authorityArgyll and Bute
Coordinates56°30′58″N 4°45′51″W / 56.5162°N 4.7642°W / 56.5162; -4.7642Coordinates: 56°30′58″N 4°45′51″W / 56.5162°N 4.7642°W / 56.5162; -4.7642
Grid referenceNN300394
Operations
Station codeBRO
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 5,932
2014/15Increase 6,024
2015/16Decrease 5,880
2016/17Decrease 5,680
2017/18Increase 6,032
History
Original companyWest Highland Railway
Pre-groupingNorth British Railway
Post-groupingLNER
7 August 1894[2]Opened
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory B
Entry numberLB13072[3]
Added to list15 November 1979
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 Bridge of Orchy from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Bridge of Orchy railway station is a railway station in the village of Bridge of Orchy in the west of Scotland. This station is on the West Highland Line. Being an island platform, access is via a subway.

History[edit]

Bridge of Orchy station in the 1980s

This station opened by the West Highland Railway on 7 August 1894.[2]

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

On 1 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.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Upper Tyndrum   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Rannoch
Upper Tyndrum   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Rannoch
  Historical railways  
Tyndrum   North British Railway
West Highland Railway
  Gorton

Signalling[edit]

The signal box, which had 16 levers, was situated at the south end of the island platform. From the time of its opening in 1894, the West Highland Railway was worked throughout by the electric token system.

In 1967, the method of working between Crianlarich and Rannoch was changed to the Scottish Region Tokenless block system. The Up loop at Bridge of Orchy was signalled for running in either direction and the signal box was able to 'switch out' when not required.

In August 1985, the method of working between Crianlarich and Rannoch reverted to the electric token block system. The semaphore signals were removed on 24 November 1985 in preparation for the introduction of Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB).

The RETB system was commissioned by British Rail between Upper Tyndrum and Fort William Junction on 29 May 1988. This resulted in the closure of Bridge of Orchy signal box (amongst others). The RETB is controlled from a Signalling Centre at Banavie railway station.

The Train Protection & Warning System was installed in 2003.

Station building[edit]

The station building is now used as a bunkhouse for those walking the West Highland Way.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturday, northbound, Bridge of Orchy has three services to Mallaig and one service to Fort William (the Highland Caledonian Sleeper). Southbound, there are three services to Glasgow Queen Street and one service to London Euston (Highland Caledonian Sleeper, Saturdays excepted).

On Sundays, there is just one service northbound to Mallaig all year, with a second in the summer months only (May to late October), one service southbound to Glasgow Queen Street (two in summer) and one service (the Highland Caledonian Sleeper) to London Euston. This can also be used by regular travellers to both Glasgow Queen Street (L.L) and Edinburgh Waverley on all evenings that it runs, as it is booked to set down at both stations and carries seating coaches as far as Edinburgh.[4]

Locality[edit]

The Bridge of Orchy Hotel is opposite the end of the road down from the station.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 43
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "BRIDGE OF ORCHY STATION INCLUDING SIGNAL BOX, SUBWAY AND RAILINGS (LB13072)". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ Table 227 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Sources[edit]

  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • 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.