Spean Bridge railway station

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Spean Bridge National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid an Aonachain
Spean Bridge railway station 1.jpg
The former station building, now a restaurant
Place Spean Bridge
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 56°53′24″N 4°55′17″W / 56.8899°N 4.9215°W / 56.8899; -4.9215Coordinates: 56°53′24″N 4°55′17″W / 56.8899°N 4.9215°W / 56.8899; -4.9215
Grid reference NN221814
Station code SBR
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 6,960
2012/13 Decrease 6,558
2013/14 Increase 6,808
2014/15 Increase 7,240
2015/16 Increase 7,332
7 August 1894 Opened
22 July 1903 Services to Fort Augustus commenced
1 December 1933 Line to Fort Augustus closed
National RailUK 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.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Spean Bridge railway station is a railway station serving the village of Spean Bridge in the Highland region of Scotland. This station is on the West Highland Line.


The station was laid out with two platforms, one on either side of a crossing loop. There are sidings on the north side of the station.

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[1]


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.[2] The sleeper also carries seated coaches and thus can be used by regular travellers to/from Glasgow Queen Street (Low Level) and Edinburgh.


  1. ^ "Disused Stations - Fort Augustus"Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 16 May 2016
  2. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 227 (Network Rail)

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Preceding station National Rail Following station
Roy Bridge   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Fort William
Roy Bridge   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Fort William
Historical railways
Roy Bridge
Line and Station open
  West Highland Railway   Fort William
Line and Station open
Terminus   Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway   Gairlochy
Line and Station closed