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Fort William railway station

Fort William railway station is a railway station serving the town of Fort William in the Highland region of Scotland.

Fort William National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: An Gearasdan[1]
Fort William Station.JPG
Location
PlaceFort William
Local authorityHighland
Coordinates56°49′15″N 5°06′17″W / 56.8207°N 5.1047°W / 56.8207; -5.1047Coordinates: 56°49′15″N 5°06′17″W / 56.8207°N 5.1047°W / 56.8207; -5.1047
Grid referenceNN105741
Operations
Station codeFTW
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.146 million
2014/15Decrease 0.144 million
2015/16Decrease 0.140 million
– Interchange  339
2016/17Decrease 0.138 million
– Interchange Increase 355
2017/18Increase 0.156 million
– Interchange Increase 393
History
Original companyBritish Rail
7 August 1894first station opened
9 June 1975first station closed
13 June 1975Present station opened[2][page needed]
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 Fort William from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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HistoryEdit

 
The original station in 1957
 
The original station alongside the loch

The first station was opened on 7 August 1894 by the West Highland Railway which was later absorbed by the North British Railway. It was sited further west the present station on what is now the town by-pass alongside Loch Linnhe at Station Square, at the time in close proximity to then location of Macbrayne's former bus station. The old station was a stone built construction featuring a turret and a double arched entranceway and had three platforms. It closed on 9 June 1975 and was demolished immediately afterwards to permit construction of the bypass.

The present Fort William station opened by British Rail on 13 June 1975. The current station lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The present station buildings are a 1970s grey concrete construction.

The station is on the West Highland Line and the starting point for The Jacobite, the only scheduled steam hauled train to run on the mainline in Great Britain.

Refurbishment of the facilities at Fort William railway station was completed in 2007 thanks to a £750,000 investment.[3] The refurbishment includes new shower facilities and refurbished toilets. The shower facilities include two showers for ladies, two for gentlemen and one unisex shower facility for disabled people.

ServicesEdit

 
The Caledonian Sleeper (left) and a daytime Glasgow to Mallaig service

As of the summer 2016 timetable, Fort William has three daytime trains per day in each direction on Mondays to Saturdays, running between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig. There is also a daily early morning service to Mallaig that starts at Fort William, with a similar return service in the evening (this connects into/out of the London sleeper). The Caledonian Sleeper operates six nights per week (not Saturdays) from London Euston, starting/terminating at Fort William. The sleeper also carries seated coaches and can thus be used as a regular service train to/from Glasgow (Queen Street Low Level) and Edinburgh Waverley.[4]

The regular Sunday service consists of one train per day each way between Glasgow and Mallaig, with the schedule in the peak season supplemented by an additional round trip (May to October) and one service between Fort William and Mallaig.

The Jacobite operates between Fort William and Mallaig, only stopping at Glenfinnan. This runs through the summer until late October, with a maximum of two trains per day Monday to Saturday and one on Sunday in the high season. A reduced Jacobite timetable is operated later in the summer.[5]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Spean Bridge   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Terminus
Banavie    
Spean Bridge   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Terminus
Glenfinnan   West Coast Railway Company
The Jacobite
May–October
  Terminus
  Historical railways  
Spean Bridge
Line and station open
  North British Railway
West Highland Railway
  Terminus
Banavie Pier
Line mostly open; station closed
  North British Railway
West Highland Railway
 
Banavie
Line and station open
  North British Railway
Mallaig Extension Railway of West Highland Railway
  Terminus

SignallingEdit

Since its opening in 1975, the present Fort William station has been equipped with colour light signals. The signalling is controlled from an 'NX' (entrance-exit) panel in Mallaig Junction signal box (now named 'Fort William Junction'). The single line between the junction and the station is worked by the Track Circuit Block system, so no tokens are needed for that part of the route.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Butt 1995.
  3. ^ "Full steam ahead for new transport hub". Lochaber News. 20 October 2007. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  4. ^ Table 227 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  5. ^ "West Highland timetable" (PDF). ScotRail. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.

SourcesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Fort William railway station at Wikimedia Commons