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Fort William railway station

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Place  Fort William
Station code  FTW
2011/12  0.139 million
Local authority  Highland
Original company  British Rail
Grid reference  NN105741
Managed by  Abellio ScotRail
2012/13  0.136 million
Number of platforms  2
Fort William railway station
Address  Fort William, United Kingdom
Similar  Helensburgh Upper railway st, The Jacobite, Garelochhead railway station, Dumbarton Central railway st, Oban railway station

Fort William railway station is a railway station serving the town of Fort William in the Highland region of Scotland.

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History

The present Fort William station opened by British Rail on 13 June 1975. It replaced the original terminus which was further west and alongside Loch Linnhe at Station Square, at the time in close proximity to then location of Macbrayne's former bus station. The old station was a stone built construction featuring a turret and a double arched entranceway. The station had three platforms, and was demolished in 1975 to make way for the Fort William bypass.

The current station lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The present station buildings are a 1970s grey concrete construction.

The station is on the West Highland Line and the starting point for The Jacobite, the only scheduled steam hauled train to run on the mainline in Great Britain.

Refurbishment of the facilities at Fort William railway station was completed in 2007 thanks to a £750,000 investment. The refurbishment includes new shower facilities and refurbished toilets. The shower facilities include two showers for ladies, two for gentlemen and one unisex shower facility for disabled people. Use of these shower facilities is free of charge for first class Caledonian Sleeper ticket holders and costs £3.50 for standard passengers and station users.

Services

As of the summer 2016 timetable, Fort William has three daytime trains per day in each direction on Mondays to Saturdays, running between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig. There is also a daily early morning service to Mallaig that starts at Fort William, with a similar return service in the evening (this connects into/out of the London sleeper). The Caledonian Sleeper operates six nights per week (not Saturdays) from London Euston, starting/terminating at Fort William. The sleeper also carries seated coaches and can thus be used as a regular service train to/from Glasgow (Queen Street Low Level) and Edinburgh Waverley.

The regular Sunday service consists of one train per day each way between Glasgow and Mallaig, with the schedule in the peak season supplemented by an additional round trip (May to October) and one service between Fort William and Mallaig.

The Jacobite operates between Fort William and Mallaig, only stopping at Glenfinnan. This runs through the summer until late October, with a maximum of two trains per day Monday to Saturday and one on Sunday in the high season. A reduced Jacobite timetable is operated later in the summer.

Signalling

Since its opening in 1975, the present Fort William station has been equipped with colour light signals. The signalling is controlled from an 'NX' (entrance-exit) panel in Mallaig Junction signal box (now named 'Fort William Junction'). The single line between the junction and the station is worked by the Track Circuit Block system, so no tokens are needed for that part of the route.

References

Fort William railway station Wikipedia


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