RETB Banavie North

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Introduction

Banavie Signalling Centre has two workstations for controlling the RETB Signalling on the West Highland Line:

  • The 'South' workstation controls Helensburgh to Upper Tyndrum, and Crianlarich to Oban
  • The 'North' workstation controls Upper Tyndrum to Fort William Junction, and Fort William Junction to Mallaig

Banavie 'North'

This page describes the track layout and signalling. Stations are shown in bold type.

RETB Signalling: Upper Tyndrum - Fort William Junction

RETB controlled by Banavie Signalling Centre (north workstation)

Upper Tyndrum is the change over location between Banavie South and North RETB areas. On arrival drivers return the token, change radio channel, and follow the procedure for entering the new RETB area, before obtaining the next token.

Location
 
Mileage    
 
Radio Channel
Signalling     
 
Remarks
 
 
Upper Tyndrum  
41mi 25ch
125/101
TEP (TPWS) Island platform. Left-hand crossing loop (190m/625ft) Down Siding, trailing.
 
Bridge of Orchy
48mi 68ch
101
TEP (TPWS) Island platform. Right-hand crossing loop (209m/685ft) Down Siding, facing.
 
Gorton
57mi 40ch
101
TEP-i Through siding, Down side.
 
Rannoch
64mi 36ch
101
TEP (TPWS) Island platform. Right-hand crossing loop (171m/560ft) Up Siding, facing.
 
Corrour
71mi 54ch
101
TEP-i Single platform, Up side. Through siding, Up side.
 
79mi 43ch
101/102
Change of radio channel
 
Tulloch
81mi 59ch
102
TEP (TPWS) Two platforms. Left-hand crossing loop (235m/780ft) Down Siding, trailing.
 
Roy Bridge
87mi 35ch
102/104
TEP-i Single platform, Down side
 
Spean Bridge
90mi 56ch
104
TEP (TPWS) Two platforms. Right-hand crossing loop (285m/935ft) Down Siding, trailing.
 
98mi 09ch Signal FW12 (semaphore) End of Radio Token Working (Down direction).
BAC Siding GF 98mi 33ch Signal FW23 (semaphore) Start of Radio Token Working (Up direction). Alcan Sidings: Down trailing connection.
Fort William Junction  98mi 67ch
104
TCB (FW) Semaphore Junction with Mallaig Line. Yard and Loco depot. Signal Box
Fort William 99mi 37ch
104
TCB (FW) Colour light Two platform terminal. Sidings on Up side. Engine release from platform 1 by ground frame.

Tokens to Fort William Junction can only be issued by Banavie SC with the co-operation of Fort William Junction signal box.

Fort William station area has colour light signalling and is controlled by a panel in Fort William Junction signal box.

Trains can enter the RETB system and obtain a token anywhere in the Fort William Junction TCB area. Authority to proceed towards Spean Bridge or Annat will be the clearing of the appropriate section signal (FW23 or FW25) at Fort William Junction.

RETB Signalling: Fort William Junction - Mallaig

RETB controlled by Banavie Signalling Centre (north workstation)

Location
 
Mileage    
 
Radio Channel
Signalling     
 
Remarks
 
Fort William Junction  00mi 00ch
104
TCB (FW) Semaphore Junction with Glasgow Line. Fort William Jn Signal Box.
Left-hand Crossing Loop (260m, 865ft)
00mi 21ch Signal FW6 (semaphore) End of Radio Token Working (Up direction). Up facing connection to Yard.
00mi 25ch Signal FW25 (semaphore) Start of Radio Token Working. (Down direction)
 
(Site of Banavie Jn)
01mi 27ch
00mi 00ch
Change of mileage
Banavie LC 00mi 18ch 2 Aspect Signal (Down direction) LC controlled by Banavie SC
Banavie 00mi 22ch Single platform, Up side. Banavie Signalling Centre.
Banavie Canal Bridge 00mi 27ch 2 Aspect Signal (Up direction) Swing Bridge controlled by Banavie SC
 
Corpach
01mi 30ch Single platform, Up side. (Up trains must radio Banavie SC.)
Corpach LC 01mi 33ch AOCL+B
 
Annat East LC
02mi 14ch 2 Aspect LED Signal B3 (Down direction) LC controlled by Banavie SC (CCTV)
Annat West LC 02mi 22ch 2 Aspect LED Signal B4 (Up direction) LC controlled by Banavie SC (CCTV)
Annat Pulp Mill GF 02mi 28ch
104
Sdg-i (TPWS) Down facing connection.
 
Loch Eil Outward Bound
04mi 20ch
104/108
TEP-i (TPWS) Single platform. (TPWS Up direction only)
 
Locheilside
07mi 79ch Single platform, Up side.
 
Glenfinnan
14mi 58ch
108
TEP (TPWS) Two platforms. Left-hand crossing loop (139m/455ft) Down Siding, trailing.
 
Lochailort
23mi 67ch
108/102
Single platform, Down side.
 
Beasdale
28mi 49ch Single platform, Up side.
 
Arisaig
32mi 40ch
102
TEP-i (TPWS) Two platforms. Left-hand crossing loop (180m/590ft) Down Siding, trailing.
 
Morar LC
36mi 56ch AOCL+B Driver's plunger on Morar Platform
Morar 36mi 59ch Single platform, Down side.
 
Mallaig
39mi 36ch
102
TEP (TPWS) Two platform terminal. Access to platform 2 by ground frame. Sidings on Up and Down sides. Engine release from platform 1 by ground frame.

Trains at Mallaig normally arrive and depart from Platform 1 ('Down Platform' in the RETB system).

Signalling Notes

  • TCB: Track Circuit Block, controlled from Fort William Junction Signal Box (FW).
  • TEP: RETB Token Exchange Point with stop boards
  • TEP-i: Intermediate RETB Token Exchange Point. Trains with a 'Long Section' token may pass the stop board.
  • Sdg-i: Intermediate Siding with shut-in facillity.
  • TPWS: TEP equiped with Train Protection and Warning System. Blue light below Stop Board.
  • GF: Ground Frame (controls points).
  • LC: Level Crossing.
  • AOCL: Automatic Open Level Crossing, locally monitored by train driver (flashing white signal).
  • AOCL+B: Modified AOCL with addition of half barriers.

The North RETB workstation in Banavie Signalbox, which controls from Upper Tyndrum to Fort William and Mallaig. The Signalbox also controls the adjacent swingbridge. Photo Taken in June 2005. The Workstation was modernised in November 2010 Photo by Aitken


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