Spean Bridge railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid an Aonachain|
The former station building, now a restaurant
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|7 August 1894||Opened|
|22 July 1903||Services to Fort Augustus commenced|
|1 December 1933||Line to Fort Augustus closed|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Spean Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
On 18 January 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.
Between 1903 and December 1933, there was a branch line from this station which offered service north up the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, terminating at a pier on Loch Ness. The line was not successful and was eventually abandoned completely in 1947
From the time of its opening in 1894, the West Highland Railway was worked throughout by the electric token system.
Alterations in connection with the construction of the line to Fort Augustus saw the original Spean Bridge signal box replaced by two new boxes in 1901. Spean Bridge Junction box was subsidiary to Spean Bridge Station box. The Junction box closed on 20 September 1921.
The most recent signal box at Spean Bridge, which opened on 28 August 1949, was located on the Up platform (which is now the Down platform). It contained 30 levers.
Spean Bridge lost all its semaphore signals on 2 March 1986, in preparation for Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) signalling. 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 Spean Bridge signal box and others on that part of the line. The RETB is controlled from a Signalling Centre at Banavie railway station.
The Train Protection & Warning System was installed in 2003.
Mondays to Saturdays, the station is served by three Scotrail trains per day in each direction, northbound to Mallaig and southbound to Glasgow Queen Street, along with the Highland Caledonian Sleeper between London Euston and Fort William via Edinburgh Waverley (the latter doesn't run southbound on Saturdays or northbound on Sundays). Sundays see just one train per day call each all year round, with a second in the summer months only (May - September) and the southbound sleeper. The sleeper also carries seated coaches and thus can be used by regular travellers to/from Glasgow Queen Street (Low Level) and Edinburgh.
- "Disused Stations - Fort Augustus"Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 16 May 2016
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 227 (Network Rail)
- Train times and station information for Spean Bridge railway station from National Rail
- Video and commentary on Spean Bridge railway station
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Roy Bridge||Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
|Roy Bridge||Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
Line and Station open
|West Highland Railway||Fort William
Line and Station open
|Terminus||Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway||Gairlochy
Line and Station closed