Loch Awe railway station

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Loch Awe National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Loch Obha[1]
LochAwe.jpg
An Oban to Glasgow train approaching Loch Awe station
Location
PlaceLoch Awe
Local authorityArgyll and Bute
Coordinates56°24′08″N 5°02′28″W / 56.4021°N 5.0412°W / 56.4021; -5.0412Coordinates: 56°24′08″N 5°02′28″W / 56.4021°N 5.0412°W / 56.4021; -5.0412
Grid referenceNN124274
Operations
Station codeLHA
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 4,752
2015/16Increase 4,804
2016/17Decrease 4,140
2017/18Increase 5,394
2018/19Decrease 5,002
History
Original companyCallander and Oban Railway
Pre-groupingCallander and Oban Railway operated by Caledonian Railway
1 July 1880Opened
5 May 1902Second platform brought into use
1 November 1965Closed
10 May 1985Re-opened (using the newer platform)
29 May 1988SC4494 delivered to be a tea room
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Loch Awe from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Loch Awe railway station is a railway station serving the village of Lochawe, on the northern bank of Loch Awe, in western Scotland. This station is on the Oban branch of the West Highland Line, originally part of the Callander and Oban Railway.

The privately owned locomotive that worked the Ben Cruachan Quarry Branch had authority to run over the main Callander and Oban Line between Loch Awe station and the branch junction, just over half a mile to the east.

History[edit]

This station opened on 1 July 1880 with just one platform. There was a loop, and sidings on both sides of the line. On 8 August 1897, the station building was destroyed by fire. A second platform, on the north side of the loop, was brought into use on 5 May 1902.

The station closed on 1 November 1965 but reopened on 10 May 1985 using only the more recent platform. The original platform remains in situ, but disused.

Signalling[edit]

Loch Awe signal box, which replaced the original box on 5 May 1902, was situated at the west end of the Down platform. It contained 24 levers. The signal box closed on 2 October 1966 when the crossing loop was removed.

Services[edit]

There are 7 departures in each direction Mondays to Saturdays(6 on Saturdays), eastbound to Glasgow Queen Street and westbound to Oban. On weekdays only, an additional service in each direction between Dalmally and Oban calls here in the late afternoon. On Sundays, there are 3 departures each way throughout the year, plus a fourth in the summer months only which operates to Edinburgh Waverley from late June-August.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dalmally   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Falls of Cruachan or Taynuilt
  Historical railways  
Dalmally
Line and Station open
  Callander and Oban Railway
Operated by Caledonian Railway
  Falls of Cruachan
Line and Station open

Tea Train[edit]

The 'Tea Train'

An old Mark 1 carriage (which was formerly painted in green and cream "West Highland Line" livery and carried the number SC4494) sits on an isolated length of track immediately to the west of the station, on the south side. Having been brought to Loch Awe by a ballast train on 29 May 1988, it was until 2008 used as a tea room. The main single line had to be temporarily severed and slewed so that the carriage could be shunted onto its own track without the use of a crane.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.

References[edit]

  • 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.


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