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Callander to Oban:

0m 00ch Callander & Oban Junction (1870–1938)
0m 52ch Callander East (1882–1965)
0m 71ch Callander West (1882–1965)
4m 21ch St. Bride's Crossing (1893–1951)
- Craig-na-Cailleach (1892–1965)
9m 32ch Strathyre (1870–1965)
12m 38ch Balquhidder (originally "Lochearnhead") (1870–1904)
12m 18ch Balquhidder East (1904–1965)
12m 36ch Balquhidder West (1905–1965)
17m 50ch Glenoglehead (originally "Killin") (1870–1965)
? Killin Junction (1884–1886)
19m 59ch Killin Junction East (1886–1935)
19m 75ch Killin Junction West (1886–1935)
19m 59ch Killin Junction (1935–1965)
23m 40ch Luib (1873–1965)
29m 57ch Crianlarich Station (1873–1921)
29m 57ch Crianlarich Station (1921–1967)
30m 11ch Crianlarich East (1897–1967)
30m 30ch Crianlarich West (1897–1967)
30m 23ch Lower Crianlarich (1967–Present)
34m 71ch Tyndrum (1873–1969)
34m 71ch Tyndrum Lower (1988–Present)
40m 10ch Glenlochy Crossing (1882–1966)
46m 75ch Dalmally (1877–1986)
46m 75ch Dalmally (1986–Present)
49m 00ch Ben Cruachan Quarry (1885–1916)
49m 49ch Loch Awe (1880–1966)
- Pass of Brander (1882–Present)
54m 19ch Awe Crossing (1893–1966)
56m 02ch Crunachy (1923–1946)
58m 53ch Taynuilt (1880–1986)
58m 53ch Taynuilt (1986–Present)
62m 14ch Ach-na-Cloich (1916–1964)
65m 30ch Connel Ferry (1880–1903)
65m 20ch Connel Ferry East (1903–1967)
65m 43ch Connel Ferry West (1903–1967)
65m 30ch Connel Ferry (1968–Present)
68m 39ch Glencruitten (1900–1966)
71m 08ch Oban Goods Junction (1880–1969)
71m 25ch Oban Station (1880–1982)
71m 44ch Oban (1982–Present)

Ballachulish Branch:

- Connel Ferry Viaduct (1914–1967)
68m 18ch Benderloch (1903–1966)
? Barcaldine (1913–1965)
75m 33ch Creagan (1903–1927)
75m 33ch Creagan (1927–1964)
78m 54ch Appin (1903–1966)
84m 22ch Duror (1903–1927)
84m 22ch Duror (1927–1964)
? Auchindarroch (1903–????)
? Lag-na-Ha Quarry (1920–1949)
88m 06ch Kentallen (1903–1966)
? Ardsheal Quarry (1903–????)
? West Laroch (1904–????)
93m 04ch Ballachulish (1903–1966)

Killin Railway:

? Acharn (1886–1964)
4m 08ch Killin (1886–1935)
4m 08ch Killin (1935–1965)
5m 05ch Loch Tay (1886–1935)
5m 05ch Loch Tay (1935–1965)
Pass of Brander Stone Signal No. 13

Thank you for visiting the Callander and Oban Railway Signalling Archive website. This website presents an organised historical record of signalling arrangements on the Callander and Oban Railway. Opened in stages between 1870 and 1880, this was the first railway to penetrate the West Highlands of Scotland. In many respects, the line has a more interesting history than its younger neighbour, the West Highland Line, and this is certainly true of its signalling.

The Killin Railway was independent of the C&OR, but its details are included on this site for completeness.

Signalling features of particular note include:

  • time interval working (between Callander and Tyndrum)
  • a banking staff (between Oban and Glencruitten)
  • tablet exchange apparatus (between Callander and Oban)
  • long section tablet instruments
  • auxiliary tablet instruments (Killin Junction)
  • two signal gantries (Oban and Connel Ferry)
  • a splitting distant signal (Crianlarich Junction)
  • economical facing point locks (Crianlarich Junction)
  • an interlaced loop (Killin Junction)
  • automatic stone signals (Pass of Brander and Craig-na-Cailleach)

Most of the information on this site is contained within pages concerning specific individual locations on the railway. Direct links to each of those pages are laid out in route order on the left-hand side of this home page (locations in italics are those where no signal box existed during the specified period). Other, non-location-specific, information may be accessed via the following links:

Historical Overview
Explanation of Diagram Symbols
Signal Boxes
Block Systems
Signalling Equipment
Signalling Notices
Abandoned Proposals

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