A description of North Ballachulish




North Ballachulish had been lurking in the background as a layout idea for some years , as someone who is frequently in the West Highlands of Scotland, Ive always been struck by the “whatifability” of a station based on the area of land between the Loch and the A82 after you come over Ballchulish bridge into North Ballchulish – the sharp left hand bend at the north end has some thing that says build me about it.

The scenario then is that the Callander and Oban did the right thing by building another “Connel ferry bridge” at Ballchulish Ferry over the narrow entrance to Loch Leven, and extended the line right up to Fort William not only that but the projected line through the Great Glen was built as well linking Oban / Fort Bill with Inverness. Taking advantage of the easier running over the north bank of Loch Leven a branch was made at North Ballchulish to enable goods workings to the Kinlochleven aluminium smelter. On the track plan attached below this is at the bottom end of the plan forking off to the left as you move in the Oban direction (South). Simple goods yard, a provender shed, and the station building is based on Kentallen to the south along with Kentallen signal box.

Set in 1970 /71 apart from passengers traffic by the ubiiquitous 27s there will be goods working to Kinlocleven (Presflos and Cov Hops from Burntisland) Oil and Timber workings as well as some van and coaltraffic. Not too ambitious but the chance for some nice scenic modelling. it will feature the Church (St Brides)  there, a few cottages and a very nice cottage group which is right on the bend of the A 82.


Track Plan NB



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