Falls of Cruachan railway station

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Falls of Cruachan National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Easa Chruachain
Falls of Cruachan railway station in 2009.jpg
Location
Place Ben Cruachan
Local authority Argyll and Bute
Coordinates 56°23′38″N 5°06′45″W / 56.3940°N 5.1126°W / 56.3940; -5.1126Coordinates: 56°23′38″N 5°06′45″W / 56.3940°N 5.1126°W / 56.3940; -5.1126
Grid reference NN079267
Operations
Station code FOC
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 260
2012/13 Decrease 244
2013/14 Increase 498
2014/15 Increase 654
2015/16 Increase 734
History
Original company Callander and Oban Railway
Pre-grouping Callander and Oban Railway operated by Caledonian Railway
1 October 1893 Opened
1 November 1965 Closed
20 June 1988 Re-opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Falls of Cruachan from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Falls of Cruachan railway station is a railway station located at the foot of Ben Cruachan in Scotland. This station is on the Oban branch of the West Highland Line, originally part of the Callander and Oban Railway.

Services[edit]

Services are operated by Abellio ScotRail.

The station is used mainly by hikers in the warmer months, who walk past the falls to climb Ben Cruachan. It is open only during the spring and summer months (March to October); this period formerly coincided with the summer timetable, before the timetable change date moved from September to December.

History[edit]

The shelter at the Falls of Cruachan station.

The station (on the lower slopes of Ben Cruachan, above Loch Awe) opened on 1 October 1893 with a single platform on the south side of the line. It was closed on 1 November 1965.

Reopening[edit]

The station was reopened on 20 June 1988 by BR's West Highland Area Business Group, at a cost of just £10,000 – achieved by collecting "dumped" concrete sleepers from the lineside all over the Highlands and having them stacked at the site of the old station here. They were topped by slabs, and BR's Business Manager Highland, Callum MacLeod persuaded the then Strathclyde Regional Council to rebuild the footpath down to the A85 and to install a pavement from there to the Cruachan Power Station Visitors Centre about 300 yards away. There is no station lighting, so trains call during daylight hours only. Col. Dalziel, retiring as Chairman of the Scottish TUCC, performed the opening ceremony. Some years later, a shelter and better signing were added to the halt.

Services[edit]

Four eastbound and five westbound trains stop here on weekdays and Saturdays when the station is operational, along with four each way on Sundays.[1]

Signalling[edit]

Although Falls of Cruachan station has never had any signalling directly associated with it, its platform falls within the four mile stretch of railway that is protected by the Pass of Brander stone signals.

Accidents[edit]

On 6 June 2010, a two carriage train from Glasgow to Oban derailed near Falls of Cruachan station. The train derailed shortly before 8.53pm and was left balanced precariously on a 15-metre embankment. There was briefly a minor fire. Sixty passengers had been on board the train, but all were safely evacuated down the line to the station with no major injuries.[2][3][4] Nine people were injured. The train hit a boulder that had fallen onto the track.

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Loch Awe   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Taynuilt
Historical railways
Loch Awe
Line and Station open
  Callander and Oban Railway
Operated by Caledonian Railway
  Taynuilt
Line and Station open