Francis Eadie and his wife Ann both came from Lanarkshire and moved here as stationmaster and signalman which was job – shared with Larry – Lawrence Hamilton
The Eadie family moved to Dalmally in 1979 and lived here until 1983.
Their son was born while they lived here and was christened in the house; their daughter was 4 when she moved and has many memories of pulling the levers in the signal box. handing over the tokens to the train driver (she said she was tall for her age).
She remembers the house upstairs as being cold and damp and fungus growing out of the walls – they had two coal bunkers at the bottom of the stairs and needed to feed the fires constantly. She remembers for her brothers christening, knocking the clothes horse with her good dress into the fire and it getting burned. She believes in the original filming of Weirs way her brothers wailing could be heard in the background. The children were cub scout leaders but can not remember it being in the ‘tin hut hall’
The Hamilton family transferred from West Calder to Dalmally in 1977 and remained at the station until his premature death a decade later. Larry always signed the register as Laurence Hamilton. . He was opposite number to Frank Eadie for a while. Larry was fond of the wild geranium / cranesbill which grew about the station. He had a little caravan which was parked beside his cottage. Larry was a well liked man both by co workers and the public
The Oban based relief signalman at the end of manual signals was Jackie MacLaren from Benderloch. Jackie was a great character who was always up for practical jokes and worked hard to keep the stations and gardens looking good.
Other relief staff at Dalmally at that time were Jimmy Gemmell from Crianlarich and Chris MacCormack from Tyndrum
The details above were given in good faith and as more information becomes available it is possible to update this history