Heritage Locations

Corrour Railway Station


Britain's highest mainline railway station


Constructor:
Thomas Bouch

Period of construction:
1850 - 1899

Transport Trust plaque:
No

Transport Mode:
Rail

Address:
Currour, Rannoch Moor, Highland PH30 4AA

Postcode:
PH30 4AA

Nearest Town:
Murlaggan

Heritage Centre:
No


Corrour railway station is one of the most remote stations in the United Kingdom - and the highest - at an isolated location on Rannoch Moor. The station is not accessible by any public roads – the nearest road is 16 kms (10 miles) away.

The West Highland Railway was one of the last main lines to be built in Scotland. It is one of the most scenic railway lines in Britain, linking Fort William on the west coast to Glasgow. It was originally operated by the North British Railway. Construction was authorised in 1889, with the Act of Parliament being passed on 12 August and construction starting 23 October. The following year the branch line to Banavie Pier was authorised. The line was publicly opened to Fort William on 7 August 1894.
 
Sir John Stirling-Maxwell (10th Baronet of Pollok) purchased Corrour Estate in 1891. To make the hunting estate accessible for guests, he allowed access to the West Highland Railway Company, on condition that they build a railway station for him. Corrour station opened to passengers on 7 August 1894, with visitors taken by horse drawn carriage to the head of Loch Ossian, from which a small steamer transported them to the shooting lodge at the other end of the loch.

The line was extended to Mallaig by the Mallaig Extension Railway. Authorisation was obtained on 31 July 1894 and the Mallaig Extension Railway opened on 1 April 1901. The West Highland Railway was absorbed by the North British Railway on 21 December 1908. The North British Railway was then absorbed into the London and North Eastern Railway at the Grouping in 1923.
 
The station was laid out with a passing loop around an island platform and a siding on the east side. Since November 1985, all passenger trains have used the original Down platform. The Up loop remains but it is no longer used by passenger trains. There had been a footbridge at Corrour station providing an exit to the east side, but it was moved to Rannoch railway station following the downgrading of the Up loop at Corrour. Passengers now cross the line by way of a footpath. 

The original Station House - about 1.5 km from the station - reopened in May 2010, providing a cafe and bed and breakfast accommodation run by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association. At 408 m (1,339 ft) above sea level the station provides a convenient starting point for hill-walkers. 


Bibliography:

Butt, R. V. J., The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens, ISBN-10: 1852605081 (1995)

Carruthers, L. G. & MacGregor, M., The Geology Of Corrour and The Moor of Rannoch, HMSO, ASIN: B001OWZQIE (1923)

Jody, Ioasias, Corrour Railway Station, Betascript Publishing, ISBN-10: 6136584271 (2011)

McGregor, John, 100 years of the West Highland Railway, ScotRail, ASIN: B0000COLGK (1994)

McGregor, John, West Highland Railway: Plans, Poltics and People, John Donald, ISBN-10: 0859766241 (2005)

Thomas, John & Paterson, Alan, The West Highland Railway, House of Lochar, ISBN-10: 1899863214 (1998)

Valance, H. A., The Highland Railway : The History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands, Vol 2, House of Lochar, ISBN-10: 1899863079 (1996)

Wham, Alasdair, Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways, GC Book Publishers, ISBN-10: 1872350348 (2009)



Opening Times:
Permanently viewable

How To Find:

By road: Off A86, on unclassified road

By rail: On Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig line 


Facilities:


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