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Ballachulish distant

Unread postby kevindoig » Mon Feb 8, 2016 7:54 am

Heading west from Ballachulish n the A82, equally a mile from Ballachulish station and Ballachulish Ferry station, is a distant signal, standing at the south side of the road, by a private drive.

The road follows the course of the Ballachulish branch at this point, but the signal reads towards Ballachulish Ferry, which appears to be a simple halt with just a single platform.

My feeling is this signal has been salvaged by the house owner when the line was closed and re-erected facing the wrong way. Can someone tell me more - did Ballachulish Ferry have a distant?
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Re: Ballachulish distant

Unread postby kevindoig » Mon Feb 8, 2016 8:00 am

PS I reckon its outside the rectory ... my money is on Reverends and railways, re-erecting relics
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Re: Ballachulish distant

Unread postby Graham Maxtone » Mon Feb 8, 2016 8:07 pm

I think this question has appeared before. The owner of The Old Rectory was an Engine Driver at Fort William. As part of the landscaping he did around the house he purchased the Mallaig Junction Up Branch Distant when it was replaced by a colour light and re-erected at the foot of the garden. It originally had a light in the lamp and the signal was in the clear position until some spoilsport complained. Thereafter the arm went to caution and the lamp went out.
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Re: Ballachulish distant

Unread postby Alan Johnston » Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:04 pm

Passed there June 2014 ....

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[Edited to say 2014 not 1014 !]
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Re: Ballachulish distant

Unread postby Mike Hodgson » Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:38 pm

Graham Maxtone wrote:It originally had a light in the lamp and the signal was in the clear position until some spoilsport complained. Thereafter the arm went to caution and the lamp went out.


Well I suppose it really ought to be at caution unless the home and starter are off.
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Re: Ballachulish distant

Unread postby Alan Norris » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:35 pm

Alan Johnston wrote:Passed there June 1014 ....

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Blimey, Alan, I didn't know you were that old!

Someone has a lattice post U/Q stop signal in a garden in Craigard Road in Callander which is right beside the old railway. I don't know if they obtained it when the line closed (not off topic - same railway more or less!)
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Re: Ballachulish distant

Unread postby Mike Stone » Mon Jun 5, 2017 2:00 pm

A photograph posted on the Freightmaster forum shows this signal now leaning at a rather precarious angle and the finial missing.
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Re: Ballachulish distant

Unread postby Roger Bell » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:49 pm

The distant at Ballachulish has gone - anyone know where?
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