Crianlarich Railway Station

(Crianlarich Upper, A'Chrion-Làraich)

A railway station and junction on the West Highland Line in Stirling Council Area, Crianlarich (Gael: A'Chrion-Làraich) occupies an elevated position above the village. This station opened with the line in 1894 and comprises an island platform, passing loop and sidings, with a junction to the north. Here the lines diverge for the Oban and Fort William branches and trains are usually split here too, or joined for the journey south to Glasgow Queen Street. It is preceded by Ardlui Railway Station, 7½ miles (12 km) to the southwest, and followed by Upper Tyndrum (on the Fort William Branch) and Tyndrum Lower Railway Station (on the Oban Branch), both 4½ miles (7 km) to the northwest. There was once also an engine shed and turntable, and this station became known as Crianlarich Upper, to distinguish it from Crianlarich Lower on the eastern section of the Callander and Oban Line, which closed in 1965. Trains from the western section of that line (now the Oban branch) were diverted onto the West Highland Line via an existing, although little used, link. The station buildings are not original, having been rebuilt following a fire in 1937. Now operated by ScotRail, Crianlarich Railway Station is unstaffed and is used by around 16,000 passengers per annum (2016).

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