Fort William



Dates

  /  /1733Fort William to Inverness Military Road
Road complete
  /  /1748Stirling to Fort William Military Road
Construction commences
  /  /1753Stirling to Fort William Military Road
Road complete
  /  /1786Fort William to Glencoe Military Road
Road built
  /  /1854Fort William
Last garrison leaves fort.
  /11/1882Glasgow and North Western Railway
Glasgow and North Western Railway proposed, the Bill presented to Parliament to seek approval.. The route was to have been a 167 mile long railway from Glasgow to Inverness via Fort William. Supported by the North British Railway and opposed by the Highland Railway, Caledonian Railway (part owners of the Callander and Oban Railway), Caledonian Canal, David MacBrayne and some landowners. The Bill was rejected in 1883. It was not built (a less ambitious variation of it, the West Highland Railway with an Act in 1889, did open).
28/07/1884Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
Act passed. This was partly in response to the proposed incursion of the North British Railway's Glasgow and North Western Railway from Glasgow to Inverness via Loch Lomond, Crianlarich, Glencoe, Fort William and the Great Glen.
  /  /1889West Highland Railway
Fort William [Fort]'s wall breached for railway building.
23/10/1889West Highland Railway
First sod cut by William Frederick Scarlett (Lord Abinger) near Fort William.
03/08/1894West Highland Railway
Opened from Craigendoran Junction to Fort William [1st].
07/08/1894West Highland Railway
Public opening from Fort William to Craigendoran. Stations opened at Craigendoran Upper, Helensburgh Upper, Row, Garelochhead, Arrochar and Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum [WHR], Bridge of Orchy, Gortan (private), Rannoch, Corrour (private), Inverlair, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge and Fort William [1st].
  /  /1896Fort William
Entrance arch from the old fort moved to Craigs Burial Ground.
06/05/1896West Highland Railway
Derailment at Banavie Junction [1st] (now Fort William Junction).
22/07/1901West Highland Railway
Sleeper cars from Kings Cross to Fort William commence.
31/12/1908North British Railway West Highland Railway
North British Railway formally takes over the West Highland Railway line from Craigendoran to Fort William [1st], Mallaig and the branch to Banavie [1st].
  /  /1920British Aluminum Company
Lay out Inverlochy village for works at the Fort William Smelter.
  /  /1924Fort William Smelter
Site clearance begins in Fort William to build a smelter for the British Aluminium Company.
  /  /1925Fort William Smelter
The Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway opened from the Fort William Smelter to Loch Treig. The line was opened in connection with the construction of the Aluminium works. Rather than close afterwards it was retained and improved for maintenance on the somewhat remote pipeline which served the hydro-electric scheme at the works.
  /  /1928Fort William Smelter
Power house under construction.
  /  /1931Fort William Smelter
Works to damn Loch Laggan, to add to Loch Treig.
01/08/1931West Highland Railway
Fersit Halt and branch opened, Loch Treig was to be converted into a reservoir to serve the smelter at Fort William.
02/09/1939West Highland Railway
Banavie Pier to Fort William (Banavie Junction [2nd]) closed to passengers.
  /  /1944Fort William Smelter
Flood waters of the River Spey diverted to Loch Laggan.
06/08/1951West Highland Railway
Banavie Pier to Fort William (Banavie Junction [2nd]) (excluded) closed to freight.
  /  /1971Fort William Smelter
Line between pier and smelter lifted.
13/06/1975West Highland Railway
New Fort William station opened, old station Fort William [1st], by the pier, closed.
  /  /1977Fort William Smelter
The Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway closed, some track remained by the works in Fort William.
  /  /1978Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway Fort William Smelter
Bridge over A82 removed.
  /  /1981Fort William Smelter
Original furnace room demolished during modernisation.
14/05/1990West Highland Railway
Motorail service commences running to Fort William.
26/09/2001West Highland Railway
Fort William Oil Depot re-opened.