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Written by Steven Fraser - 06 Jun 2008
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Location notes
Oban Station is the main terminus on the West Highland Line, operated solely by class 156 multiple units in the First Scotrail livery.
Signalling used on the West Highland Line is Radio electronic token block or RETB.
Railway type and traffic
What you will see at Oban is only Class 156s.
Although you get a few charters during the year.
If there is engineering works between Crianlariach and Fort William the sleeper can be diverted to this terminus.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Oban Station
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Oban can be very busy in the summer but it is a very safe area.
Road directions
Travelling to Oban by car is straightforward.
From Glasgow one should take the M8 then the A82 and A85 after Loch Lomond. If you intend to take your car to Mull you should book with Caledonian Macbride who run the ferry between Oban and Craignure. There is parking in Oban by the station but it is expensive. It takes about an hour to drive between Craignure and Fionnphort. Non residents are not permitted to take their vehicles onto Iona but there is free parking in Fionnphort - although not by the quayside - drop your luggage off first and park up the hill in the village in the free carpark by the Columba Centre.

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Oban Station map co-ordinates
Oban station has a car park and several other parking places around the town.
Public transport
For train times see the First Scot Rail website.
Note: Train journey to and from Oban take just over 3 hours from Glasgow.

Coaches: Operated by Citylink run usually about the same time as the trains and take 3 hours.

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Oban has lots of little restaurants, cafes, chip shops etc.
Everything you need is there in Oban. Public toilets are also located over from the station.
Oban has a few B&Bs and tend to be busy in summer so it is advised to book in advance this includes if travelling by trains as the trains are very busy.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Oban Station

Googly map
Streetmap links
Oban Station general view map
Oban Station close up map

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Photographic notes
If you are taking pictures of trains the light can be bad in the summer but that is only for trains arriving.
If you take videos of trains there are lots of good angles you can stand at in Oban station.

General views - All photographs © Steven Fraser unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east

Fig 1 - Looking north east

Fig 2 - Looking north east

Fig 2 - Looking north east

Fig 3 - Looking south east

Fig 3 - Looking south east

Fig 4 - Looking south east

Fig 4 - Looking south east

Location Video

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