Oban Oil Depot Ground Frame

Location type

Junction

Names and dates

Oban Goods Junction (1880-1969)
Oban Oil Depot (1969-1982)
Oban Oil Depot Ground Frame (1982-2011)

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Description

Oban Goods Junction was south of Oban station and provided access to Oban's principal goods yard, Lochavullin Goods, and locomotive shed Oban Shed. Both opened with the Oban extension in 1880.

Approach to the goods yard was from the south. From the junction to Oban station the railway was double track. The signal box was on the west side of the junction and a very short siding for the gas works was on the east side, leading off the goods yard approach via a short headshunt.

Just to the north, on the double track section, was Oban station's ticket platform, obviously only built on one side, the arrival line.

The signal box was replaced by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1929.

The box closed in 1969 when the up (eastbound) line was disconnected at the box. The line to Oban station signal box now became used for both directions and the disconnected line was now a long siding from Oban station's signal box to a headshunt for entry into the goods yard. Oban Shed had closed in 1962 and the goods yard was reduced to an oil siding only, with the bulk of the yard lifted. Direct access to Oban station's platform 1 and carriage siding was no longer directly available and these became goods lines accessed by two reversals at the Oban box.

This oil siding is no longer in use and the connection has been taken out. The oil siding was all that remained of the very much cut back goods facilities and locomotive shed in Oban.

Oil deliveries continued until the early 1990s. A second oil depot, for Caledonian MacBrayne and also closed, was located at the station pier.

Tags

Sidings oil depot


Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Routes 3: Stirling to Crianlarich - DVD - Oakwood Press

Callander & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Oban 1898: Argyllshire Sheet 98.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Argyllshire)

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Scottish Central Railway (Oakwood Library of Railway History)

The Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)