Two Questions on West Highland Line

Discussion in 'Infrastructure & Stations' started by Essexman, 9 Jul 2016.

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  1. Essexman

    Essexman Member

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    Can anyone help me with these -

    Is there still a loop at Gorton between Bridge or Orchy and Rannoch. I know that there was once a station here but have read conflicting information on whether there is still a passing loop (and I forgot to look when I travelled on the line in April).

    What was the old building by Lochielside station - on the loch side and just beyond the railway fence. There is just a concrete base now but with a large hole in it that looks like some kind of inspection pit. I believe that Lochielside only ever had one platform and wonder if the old building was railway related.

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  3. jimm

    jimm Established Member

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    To your first question, the answer is yes. The loop is still there.

    See http://www.westhighlandline.org.uk/index.php/stations/96-gorton
     
  4. Railsigns

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    The loop at Gorton was reinstated in 1988 but only as an Engineer's siding, not a crossing loop.
     
  5. matchmaker

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    It's a token exchange point, but as Railsigns has said, not a crossing loop.

    As for Locheilside - during the construction of the Mallaig Extension a pier and workshops were set up there by "Concrete Bob", so that's probably the remains that you saw. (This information came from the John Thomas book "The West Highland Railway")
     
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  6. Essexman

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    Thanks.
    Amazing the knowledge of people here.
    Yes they seemed the sort of building remains that could have been workshops.
     
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