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Rannoch Railway Station


(Raineach)

Situated on the West Highland Railway Line from Glasgow to Fort William, Rannoch Station (Gael: Raineach) is one of the more isolated railway stations in Britain, lying 15 miles (24 km) west of Kinloch Rannoch. Rannoch Station was built c. 1890. At the north end of the platform is the sculpted head of J.H. Renton whose financial support ensured the completion of the West Highland Line across Rannoch Moor, which opened in 1894. The railway line was constructed by 5000 Irish labourers who laid the track on a floating bed of turf, brushwood and ash.

Now operated by ScotRail, Rannoch Railway Station is unstaffed and comprises an island platform, accessed by an over-bridge, which lies between the single-track line and a passing loop. There was once a turntable, but this has been removed. The station was used by 10,312 passengers per annum (2009-10), but this number declined to only 8,378 passengers in 2015-16. There is a tea-room occupying the station buildings.

Rannoch Station is preceded by Bridge of Orchy Railway Station, 14 miles (22 km) to the south southwest, and followed by Corrour, 7 miles (11 km) to the northwest. To the north is the 208-m (227-yard) Rannoch Viaduct built by Sir Robert McAlpine.


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