The Southern End Of The West Highland Line
Most of the stations were of a similar single island design, with a chalet style building, many of which survive today.
The line splits into separate branches for Oban and Fort William at Crianlarich. Both lines from Crianlarich run through separate stations in neighbouring Tyndrum (Upper and Lower) which make Tyndrum the smallest village in the world to have two main line stations.
Crianlarich also had a junction with the Callendar & Oban Railway which closed in 1966.
The section of line over Rannoch Moor was a challenge to the builders who decided to "float" the line over the moor on a bed of timber and earth.
The major engineering work on the line is the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Link and the services are run by First Scotrail Link. There are three services in each direction each day, with trains splitting at Crianlarich to go to Oban in the west or Fort William & Mallaig in the north. The trains are joined together at Crianlarich for the south-bound journey.
Scotrail also runs the Caledonian Sleeper Link from various points in Scotland, including Fort William and the stations to the south.
The stations are small, but well maintained, kept in picture postcard condition which befits a line which was voted the most scenic in the world in 2009 and 2010 by readers of the independent travel magazine Wanderlust Link .
There were originally stations at Rhu and Shandon between Helensburgh Upper and Garelochhead, but both are now closed. From this section of the line, we get the first glimpse of the West Highland scenery for which the line is famed.
The line passes through closed stations at Whistlefield and Glen Douglas on the way to Arrochar and Tarbet. There is little if any evidence of those stations remaining today.
Get your camera ready as we approach Arrochar.
Between Arrochar & Tarbet and Ardlui, the line passes through mature oak woods and crosses Inveruglas Water at Inveruglas (where there was once a station) before crossing the hydro-electric pipelines at Inveruglas power station. There is also a sizeable stone-built viaduct just north of Inveruglas, by the A82.
Here is a selection of photos of the line as it heads north towards the next station at Crianlarich.
Fortunately, there are a few historic photos of the station on geograph.
There are a few high viaducts in and around Crianlarich.
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