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Spean Bridge railway station

Spean Bridge
Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid an Aonachain
The former station building, now a restaurant
Place Spean Bridge
Local authority Highland
Grid reference
Station code SBR
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  5,911
2005/06 Decrease 5,725
2006/07 Increase 6,361
2007/08 Decrease 6,345
2008/09 Increase 6,570
2009/10 Decrease 6,312
2010/11 Increase 6,386
2011/12 Increase 6,960
2012/13 Decrease 6,558
2013/14 Increase 6,808
7 August 1894 Opened
22 July 1903 Services to Fort Augustus commenced
1 December 1933 Line to Fort Augustus closed
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Spean Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Spean Bridge railway station is a railway station serving the village of Spean Bridge in the Highland region of Scotland. This station is on the West Highland Line.


The station was laid out with two platforms, one on either side of a crossing loop. There are sidings on the north side of the station.

On 18 January 1987, the crossing loop was altered to right-hand running. The original Down platform has thus become the Up platform, and vice versa. The change was made in order to simplify shunting at this station, by removing the need to hand-pump the train-operated loop points to access the sidings.

Between 1903 and 1933, there was a branch line from this station which offered service north up the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, terminating at a pier on Loch Ness.


From the time of its opening in 1894, the West Highland Railway was worked throughout by the electric token system.

Alterations in connection with the construction of the line to Fort Augustus saw the original Spean Bridge signal box replaced by two new boxes in 1901. Spean Bridge Junction box was subsidiary to Spean Bridge Station box. The Junction box closed on 20 September 1921.

The most recent signal box at Spean Bridge, which opened on 28 August 1949, was located on the Up platform (which is now the Down platform). It contained 30 levers.

Spean Bridge lost all its semaphore signals on 2 March 1986, in preparation for Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) signalling. The RETB system was commissioned by British Rail between Upper Tyndrum and Fort William Junction on 29 May 1988. This resulted in the closure of Spean Bridge signal box and others on that part of the line. The RETB is controlled from a Signalling Centre at Banavie railway station.

The Train Protection & Warning System was installed in 2003.

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  • Train times and station information for Spean Bridge railway station from National Rail
  • Video and commentary on Spean Bridge railway station
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Roy Bridge   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Fort William
Roy Bridge   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Fort William
Historical railways
Roy Bridge
Line and Station open
  West Highland Railway   Fort William
Line and Station open
Terminus   Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway   Gairlochy
Line and Station closed
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