- Rannoch railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Rannoch
code = RAN
caption = Rannoch railway station viewed from the footbridge
Perth and Kinross
platforms = 2
lowusage0405 = 11,251
lowusage0506 = 11,453
lowusage0607 = 11,214
Rannoch railway station, on the
West Highland Line, serves the area of Rannochin Perth and Kinross. Its remote location on Rannoch Mooris particularly picturesque, and makes it very attractive to walkers. The station boasts a tea room, gift shopand visitor centre.
Although the railway links the station with Glasgow and Fort William on the
West Highland Line, the station area is otherwise more closely linked, by road, with central Highland towns and villages on or near the A9 road. The B846 road meets the A9 between Pitlochryand Blair Atholl, about 35 miles (55 km) east of the station.
When the West Highland Line was built across Rannoch Moor, its builders had to float the tracks on a mattress of tree roots, brushwood and thousands of tons of earth and ashes.
Rannoch station opened to passengers on
7 August 1894.
The station was laid out with a
crossing loopand an island platform. There were sidings on both sides, and a turntable on the east side of the line. The siding on the east side has been removed.
25 January 1987, the crossing loop was altered to right-hand running. The original Down platform has thus become the Up platform, and vice versa. The change was made in order to simplify shunting at this station, by removing the need to hand-pump the train-operated loop points to access the sidings.
= Signalling =
signal box, which had 17 levers, was situated on the island platform. From the time of its opening in 1894, the West Highland Railway was worked throughout by the electric token system.
1967, the method of working between Crianlarichand Rannoch was changed to the Scottish RegionTokenless Block system.
In August 1985, the method of working between Crianlarich and Rannoch reverted to the electric token block system. The semaphore signals were removed on
3 November 1985in preparation for the introduction of Radio Electronic Token Block(RETB).
The RETB system was commissioned between Upper Tyndrum and
Fort William Junctionon 29 May 1988. This resulted in the closure of Rannoch signal box and others on that part of the line. The RETB is controlled from a Signalling Centre at Banavie railway station.
Train Protection & Warning Systemwas installed in 2003.
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