Pass of Brander Stone Signals

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Pass of Brander Stone Signals (1882-)

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Description

A series of 17 stone signals over a length of 3.2 miles are controlled by a rock screen uphill from the railway. The hillside above, the lower slope of Ben Cruachan, is sheer and rockfalls not uncommon. The portion of protected railway is on the north bank of Loch and includes Falls of Cruachan station and the former Awe Crossing.

The signals are known as 'Anderson's Piano' after the former manager of the Callander and Oban Railway due to the sound made by the rock screen's wires in high wind.

The signals were first installed in 1882 and extended several times and modified when the halt and crossing opened. Recent years has seen an overhaul of the signals and they are in use today.

Should a boulder fall onto the railway it may break the wires of the bounder screen which results in the signals changing to danger to alert train drivers. Several large boulders are wired directly to the system.

A pair of signals were installed at Craig-na-Cailleach Platform on the now closed Crianlarich Lower to Callander (Dreadnought) section of the line.

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Signals stone signals scenic

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)