Corrour railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Coire Odhar|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||West Highland Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North British Railway|
|7 August 1894||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Corrour from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Corrour railway station is on the West Highland Line, Scotland. It is situated near Loch Ossian and Loch Treig, on the Corrour Estate. It is the highest mainline railway station in the United Kingdom.
The railway station is one of the most remote stations in the United Kingdom, at an isolated location on Rannoch Moor. The station is not accessible by any public roads – the nearest road is 10 miles (16 km) away. In 1997 a new station house, including lodging for its managers, was commissioned by Corrour Estate. Designed by Law & Dunbar-Nasmith Partnership, it was erected as a provisions shop and restaurant to serve hillwalkers. After several previous ventures in this location, the Station House was opened again as a restaurant in July 2015.
At 408 m (1,339 ft) above sea level the station provides a convenient starting point for hill-walkers and Munro-baggers. The station was the starting point for the "Man with no Name" whose body was found in 1996 on Ben Alder and only identified some years later.
Sir John Stirling-Maxwell (10th Baronet of Pollok, KT) purchased Corrour Estate in 1891 and initially used it as a "playground" for gentlemen, primarily focusing on activities such as stalking and hunting. To make it accessible for his guests, Sir John gave access to the West Highland Railway Company to build across his land on condition that they build a railway station for him on his estate. This station opened to passengers on 7 August 1894. It was originally built to serve the Corrour sporting estate, whose owners were investors in the railway. Guests visiting the estate for deer stalking and grouse shooting were taken from the station to the head of Loch Ossian by horse-drawn carriage. A small steamer then transported them to shooting lodge at the far end of the loch.
The station was laid out with a passing loop around an island platform and a siding on the east side. Since November 1985, all passenger trains have used the original Down platform. The Up loop remains and is serviceable but it is no longer used by passenger trains. There had been a footbridge at Corrour station providing an exit to the east side, but it was moved to Rannoch railway station following the downgrading of the Up loop at Corrour. Passengers now cross the line by way of a footpath. The old signal box and adjacent building were renovated in 2015.
Corrour station is a request-only station connected by regular services linking Glasgow Queen Street with Fort William and Mallaig. These local services run generally three times a day in each direction, but less frequently on Sundays (twice each way in summer, but just one in winter). Despite its remote location – Corrour boasts a direct connection to London via the Caledonian Sleeper to and from London Euston (daily except Saturday nights in each direction), The journey from London to Corrour takes just under twelve hours.
The signal box, which had 13 levers, was situated to the south of the island platform. From the time of its opening in 1894, the West Highland Railway was worked throughout by the electric token system. The semaphore signals were removed in November 1985 in preparation for the introduction of Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB). At the same time, the loop points came under the control of ground frames. 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 Corrour signal box and others on that part of the route. The RETB is controlled from a Signalling Centre at Banavie railway station.
In popular culture
The station, and the nearby mountain Leum Uilleim, gained fame when they were featured in a scene from the film Trainspotting. It also appeared in the fourth episode of the 2010 BBC series Secret Britain. The station also featured in the Young Guns video for the single "Weight of the World". The station is the primary location in Jos Stelling's film De Wisselwachter. It was also visited by Paul Merton in Episode 3 of his Channel 4 documentary series Paul Merton's Secret Stations.
The route south from Corrour across the Moor of Rannoch to Rannoch Station itself was used as a filming location in the Harry Potter films where a Death Eater was seen to stand between the rails with an outstretched arm, to bring the approaching Hogwarts Express to a stand for the train to be inspected. Warner Brothers spent a couple of days with equipment based at Rannoch to facilitate the filming sequences.
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- Scotland: the Movie Location Guide – Trainspotting, Rannoch Moor Information on the station as it appears in "Trainspotting".
- Corrour Further details on the station.
- Hidden Europe magazine – an article about Corrour from Hidden Europe magazine
- Article on the station by Ian Futers, four pages including track plan, photos, and description in Railway Modeller magazine for April 2008
- "Scottish guest house owners bombarded with requests to use their lavvy". As It Happens. CBC. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- Annotated video of Corrour station and restaurant
- Media related to Corrour railway station at Wikimedia Commons
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
West Highland Line
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
|Rannoch||North British Railway
West Highland Railway