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DALMALLY RAILWAY STATION INCLUDING SIGNAL BOXLB13352

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
13/09/1993
Supplementary Information Updated
03/06/2010
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
Parish
Glenorchy And Inishail
NGR
NN 15986 27198
Coordinates
215986, 727198

Description

Callendar and Oban Railway, circa 1875. 2-storey, 3-bay station and station house with single storey wing containing offices, glazed awning to platform and signal box on platform to W.

Red sandstone squared and coursed rubble. Base and string courses. Crowstepped gables. N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3 bays; doorway to outer right, window to centre and left. 3 windows at first floor. Crowstepped gable to centre with wallhead stack. S (PLATFORM) ELEVATION: pitched glazed awning with ornamental brackets on iron columns, with square serrations along valancing, with V-shaped section to gable ends to match brackets.

Plate glass to timber sash and case windows. Slate roof. Gable end stacks.

SIGNAL BOX: (Map Ref: NS 16040, 27195): Caledonian Railway (Northern Division) Type 2, 1896. Piend-roofed, rectangular-plan signal box. Brick base with 2 blocked round-arched openings. Small-pane glazing to timber frame windows to W, S and E. Timber forestair to signal cabin. Grey slate.

Statement of Special Interest

Dalmally Railway Station is a well detailed example of a small through station group in the area. The principal red sandstone building features crowstepped gables and is notable for its distinctive awning with decorative v-shape cast-iron brackets and timber valence.

The Callender and Oban railway line engineered by B and E Blyth, was promoted as an extension of the Dunblane and Callender Railway and became part of the Caldonian. From 1873 it terminated at a terporary station at Tyndrum, the section from Tyndrum to Oban was finally opened in 1880. The two other surviving station houses on this line are at Taynuilt and Oban.

Signal boxes are a distinctive and increasingly rare building type that make a significant contribution to Scotland's diverse industrial heritage. Of more than 2000 signal boxes built across Scotland by 1948, around 150 currently survive (2013) with all pre-1948 mechanical boxes still in operation on the public network due to become obsolete by 2021. The signal box at Dalmally is prominently located on the platform to the right of the station building and is a good example of a Caledonian Railway (Northern Division) Type 2 box installed in 1896. The Type 2 design by the Caledonian Railway first appeared in 1889 but very few now remain. Two larger off-platform examples of the Caledonian Type 2 are listed at Stirling Railway Station (see separate listing). The box at Dalmally was closed in 1987 after the introduction of RETB radio electronic token block signalling.

List description and Statutory Address revised as part of Scottish Signal Box Review (2012-13).

References

Bibliography

Gordon Biddle and O S Nock, The Railway Heritage Of Britian (1983) p.126. The Signalling Study Group, The Signal Box - A Pictorial History and Guide To Designs (1986). Peter Kay and Derek Coe, Signalling Atlas and Signal Box Directory - Great Britain and Ireland (2010 - 3rd Edition).

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