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Pass of Brander

(1882-Present)


Summary

The Pass of Brander is home to one of the line's most notable signalling installations, the stone signals. John Anderson devised a system to warn drivers of fallen rocks. Stone signals were also provided at Craig-na-Cailleach. In 1893, a new crossing loop was provided in the Pass of Brander to split the section between Loch Awe and Taynuilt. It was removed in 1966. The arms of the stone signals were reflectorised late in 1996.

For a detailed description of the stone signals, see here.


January 1882

First section of boulder screen brought into use.


17 April 1883

Boulder screen extended at both ends.



Pass of Brander (1883)
Pass of Brander (1883)

29 July 1893

Awe Crossing signal box opened. Stone signal 10 repositioned.


10 August 1893

Awe Crossing Down Home signal arm removed. Stone signal arm on same post now also acts as Awe Crossing Down Home signal.


1 October 1893

Falls of Cruachan station opened.



Pass of Brander (1893)
Pass of Brander (1893)

30 September 1913

Boulder screen extended at west end.



Pass of Brander (1913)
Pass of Brander (1913)

1 November 1965

Falls of Cruachan station closed.


2 October 1966

Awe Crossing signal box closed. Stone signals indicated in Dalmally and Taynuilt signal boxes.



Pass of Brander (1966)
Pass of Brander (1966)

1968

Stone signals brought back into operation (following conversion to upper quadrant arms?).


20 June 1988

Falls of Cruachan station re-opened.



Pass of Brander (1988)
Pass of Brander (1988)

From 15 April 2013 until 3 June 2013

Renewal of lever posts for stone signals 5, 7, 8, 9 and 14.


From 19 August 2013

Renewal of lever posts for stone signals 9 and 12.


From 7 March 2014 until 5 April 2014

Vegetation work affecting stone signals.