Garelochhead railwey station

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Garelochhead National Rail
Scots Gaelic: Ceann a' Gheàrrloch[1]
Garelochhead2.jpg
Location
PlaceGarelochhead
Local authorityArgyll and Bute
Coordinates56°04′48″N 4°49′31″W / 56.0801°N 4.8254°W / 56.0801; -4.8254Coordinates: 56°04′48″N 4°49′31″W / 56.0801°N 4.8254°W / 56.0801; -4.8254
Grid referenceNS242910
Operations
Station codeGCH
Managed biAbellio ScotRail
Nummer o platforms2
Live arrivals/departurs, station information an onwart connections
frae National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger uissage*
2013/14Decrease 5,256
2014/15Increase 6,920
2015/16Increase 7,806
2016/17Increase 8,556
Passenger Transport Executive
PTESPT
History
Oreeginal companyWest Highland Railway
Pre-groupinNorth British Railway
Post-groupinLNER
7 August 1894[2]Opened
Leetit status
Leetin gradeCategory B
Entry nummerLB19490[3]
Addit tae leet08 July 1988
National RailUK railwey stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimatit passenger uissage based on sales o tickets in statit financial year(s) that end or oreeginate at Garelochhead frae Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology mey vary year on year.
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Garelochhead railwey station (Scots Gaelic: Ceann a' Gheàrrloch) is a railwey station serrin the veelage o Garelochheid, on the Gare Loch, in Scotland. This station is on the West Highland Line an is a mairch station for SPT.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

This station appent tae passengers on 7 August 1894.[2]

The station wis laid oot wi a crossin loop an an island platform. Thare war lies on baith sides, an a turntable on the wast side o the line. Till the 1960s, the station wis sert bi a local shuttle service atween Craigendoran an Arrochar & Tarbet in addeetion tae main line trains tae Fort William an Mallaig. Latterly operatit bi a Wickham diesel railbus, it fell veectim tae the Beeching Axe in Juin 1964.[4]

The lie on the east side wis remuived in 1983. On 15 Februar 1987, the crossin loop wis altered tae richt-haund runnin. The oreeginal Doun platform haes sicweys become the Up platform, an vice versa. The change wis made tae simplify shuntin at this station, bi remuivin the need tae haund-pump the train-operatit loop pynts tae aiccess the lie.

Signalling[eedit | eedit soorce]

Frae the time o its appenin in 1894, the West Highland Railway wis wrocht ootthrou bi the electric taiken system. Garelochhead seegnal box, whit haed 18 levers, wis situatit on the island platform.

The semaphore seegnals war remuived on 2 Februar 1986 tae mak for the introduction o Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) bi British Rail. The RETB, whit is controlled frae a Signalling Centre at Banavie railwey station, wis commissioned atween Helensburgh Upper an Upper Tyndrum on 27 Mairch 1988.

The Train Protection & Warning System wis instawed in 2003.

Services[eedit | eedit soorce]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Helensburgh Upper   Abellio ScotRail

West Highland Line
  Arrochar & Tarbet
Helensburgh Upper   Caledonian Sleeper

Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Arrochar & Tarbet
  Historical railways  
Shandon

Line open; Station closed
  West Highland Railway

North British Railway
  Whistlefield Halt

Line open; Station closed

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

Notes[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Butt (1995), page 101
  3. "GARELOCHHEAD STATION INCLUDING SIGNAL BOX, SUBWAY, GATES AND RAILINGS". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 9 March 2019. 
  4. "The 'Wee Arrochar'"Helensburgh Heritage Trust website; Retrieved 27 April 2016

Soorces[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • 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.
  • RAILSCOT on the West Highland Railway

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