Mallaig railway station
Mallaig railway station is a railway station serving the ferry port of Mallaig, Lochaber, in the Highland region of Scotland. This station is a terminus on the West Highland Line, 41 miles (66 km) by rail from Fort William and 164 miles (264 km) from Glasgow Queen Street railway station.
|Scottish Gaelic: Malaig|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Mallaig Extension Railway of West Highland Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North British Railway|
|1 April 1901||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Mallaig from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Mallaig station opened on 1 April 1901.
The station was laid out as an island platform with tracks on either side. There were sidings on both sides, and a turntable to the south of the station, on the west side of the line, right beside the sea.
Until 1968 two tracks continued down onto the pier, which was built and originally owned by the West Highland Railway Company. The tracks were removed when the harbour passed from British Rail ownership to that of the Mallaig Harbour Authority.
The glass overall roof was removed in 1975 and the ticket office was extended at the same time.
Scheduled train services out of Mallaig railway station are operated by Abellio ScotRail. Currently, four trains a day depart Monday to Saturdays from Mallaig for Fort William, three of which continue to Glasgow (the fourth connects at Fort William with the Highland Caledonian Sleeper to London Euston). On Sundays during the summer three trains depart Mallaig for Fort William (two continue to Glasgow), but during winter months this is reduced to only one train in the late afternoon.
Mallaig is also the destination of a special tourist steam train operated by the West Coast Railway Company, The Jacobite, which runs sightseeing trips from Fort William to Mallaig from May to October. The service runs twice daily, Monday to Friday with additional weekend services during the summer months. The Jacobite steam train is known for its association with the Harry Potter film series, particularly due to its route along the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which featured in the Harry Potter films.
Mallaig ferry port is located in front of the railway station, approximately 130 metres (430 ft) away.
Caledonian MacBrayne ("Cal Mac") provides ferry services from Mallaig to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, a thirty-minute sailing, as well as daily services to the Small Isles of Canna, Rùm, Eigg and Muck, although the timetable, itinerary and calling points differ from day to day. A small, independent ferry service run by former lifeboatman Bruce Watt sails up Loch Nevis to the remote village of Inverie in Knoydart, and also calls by prior arrangement at Tarbet in Morar, locations that are only accessible by sea. Both Cal Mac and Bruce Watt also offer non-landing sightseeing tickets.
On 14 March 1982, the method of working on the section between Arisaig and Mallaig was changed to One Train Working (with train staff). Mallaig signal box was closed as a token station, but retained as a ground frame with four levers. All the semaphore signals were removed.
On 6 December 1987 the Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) system was commissioned between Mallaig Junction (now called 'Fort William Junction') and Mallaig. The RETB is controlled from a Signalling Centre at Banavie railway station.
In November 1992, the former signal box was demolished and replaced by an ordinary ground frame.
The Train Protection & Warning System was installed in 2003.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
West Highland Line
|Arisaig||West Coast Railway Company
Mallaig – Skye
Mallaig – South Uist
Mallaig – Small Isles
|Inverie||Western Isles Cruises
Mallaig – Knoydart
Mallaig – Knoydart
Line and Station open
|North British Railway
West Highland Railway (Mallaig Extension Railway)
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- GB eNRT 2016 Edition, Table 227 (Network Rail)
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- RAILSCOT on Mallaig Extension Railway
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