1898 November : Dalmally station building burns down

Dundee Courier – Thursday 17 November 1898

Dalmally Station burned down : a passengers terrible fate
Dalmally Railway Station, Argyllshire, on the Callander and Oban Railway, was destroyed by fire yesterday morning. Andrew Mackenzie (38) quarryman of Bonawe, near Oban, a passenger was burnt to death while fighting the flames. They fire broke out shortly after the passing of the night mail (Buchanan Street 10 pm and Dalmally 3.30 am) and the station-house being a wooden structure it was speedily reduced to ashes. In the ruins was found the body of a man, who is supposed to have hailed from Inveraray, and to have sought shelter in the station for the night. At anyrate, the man was seen hanging about the station at 3 am, previous to the passing of the mail, and the presumption is that by some means or other he had got admittance to the building, and that he had probably by accident caused the ignition. The only inconvenience so far caused by the fire was a delay to the 6 am train Oban to Glasgow of about an hour. Thereafter the traffic proceeded regularly, temporary arrangements being made for the accommodation of passengers &c. Most of the books and other valuables about the station were saved.