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Dalmally railway station

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

Dalmally National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Dail Mhàilidh[1]
Dalmally Station, Oban Branch - view of station buildings, etc.jpg
Dalmally station building
Location
PlaceDalmally
Local authorityArgyll and Bute
Coordinates56°24′04″N 4°58′58″W / 56.4010°N 4.9829°W / 56.4010; -4.9829Coordinates: 56°24′04″N 4°58′58″W / 56.4010°N 4.9829°W / 56.4010; -4.9829
Grid referenceNN159272
Operations
Station codeDAL
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 4,632
2014/15Increase 8,338
2015/16Decrease 6,802
2016/17Decrease 5,618
2017/18Increase 7,470
History
Original companyCallander and Oban Railway
Pre-groupingCallander and Oban Railway operated by Caledonian Railway
Post-groupingLMS
1 April 1877Opened[2]
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory C
Entry numberLB13352[3]
Added to list13 September 1993
National RailUK railway 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 estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dalmally from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

HistoryEdit

This station opened on 1 April 1877. For a while, it was the western extremity of the Callander and Oban Railway, until the line finally reached its ultimate destination, Oban, on 1 July 1880.[2]

The station was laid out with two platforms, one on either side of a passing loop. It once boasted a small engine shed and a turntable on the south side.

The station building was destroyed by fire on 16 November 1898.[4]

The red sandstone building and signal box are a Category C listed building as being a 'well detailed example of a small through station in the area'.[3]

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

SignallingEdit

Dalmally signal box, which replaced the original box on 17 June 1896, was located on the Up platform. It contained 24 levers.

Dalmally lost all its semaphore signals on 9 February 1986, in preparation for Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) signalling. RETB was commissioned on 27 March 1988, resulting in the closure of Dalmally signal box, amongst others. Dalmally is an RETB token exchange point, but with 'long section tokens' being available between Tyndrum Lower and Taynuilt, it is not necessary for every train to exchange tokens there.

The Train Protection & Warning System was installed in 2003.

ServicesEdit

There are six departures in each direction Mondays to Saturdays, eastbound to Glasgow Queen Street and westbound to Oban. On weekdays only, an additional out and back trip between here and Oban operates in the late afternoon. On Sundays, there are three departures each way throughout the year, plus a fourth in the summer months only. The additional service runs through from and to Edinburgh Waverley rather than Glasgow.[5]

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b Butt (1995)
  3. ^ a b Historic Environment Scotland. "DALMALLY RAILWAY STATION INCLUDING SIGNAL BOX (LB13352)". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ Thomas (1990), page 194
  5. ^ Table 227 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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