Friends of the West Highland Lines
The West Highland Lines, the Top Rail Journey in the World. Britain’s railways of superlatives which take you to the:
Highest mountain (Ben Nevis)
Largest loch (Loch Lomond)
Longest loch (Loch Awe)
Deepest loch (Loch Morar)
Highest mainline station (Corrour)
Most westerly station (Arisaig)
Gateway to Hebrides (Oban & Mallaig)
Britain’s Outdoor Capital (Fort William)
The West Highland Lines are world-class railways making a major contribution to accessibility for residents, tourists and freight in this uniquely beautiful part of Scotland. ScotRail trains link the West Highlands with Glasgow and there is also an overnight Caledonian Sleeper linking Fort William and intermediate West Highland stations with London.
This website gives an introduction to the line, with pictures of the spectacular scenery brought to you by Norman McNab, and others as attributed.
All pictures are copyright of the authors and must not be copied without permission. Click here for more photographic information and permissions.
A fascinating, lavishly-illustrated book about the building of the line from Fort William to Mallaig has been published (November 2020). For Details Click Here.
News Flash – The Caledonian Sleeper service restarted 29 April 2021 with some restrictions More Information
Covid 19 – Coronavirus – Following the Scottish Government’s announcement of a relaxation of the Scotland wide travel ban from Friday 16 April, ScotRail will announce a major uplift of services to cater for non essential travel. The alcohol ban, and no catering, plus the need to wear masks and maintain spacing will still apply. This means pre ‘Covid’ capacity will not be available and passengers are urged to book in advance.
Good News, The Spring 2021 edition of the Society’s magazine ‘West Highland News Plus’ has now been published. It is the only magazine spotlighting the West Highland Lines, the ScotRail network, past and present and West Coast marine transport, ‘On The Waterfront’.
The magazine’s 60 pages are packed with items of interest, including ‘News Briefings’, Network Rail Update, the Society’s response, produced in association with the Association for Public Transport, to Transport Scotland’s Rolling Stock, Specification.
Current news about the Caledonian Sleeper, Rail Freight and Decarbonisation is also covered.
On the Waterfront covers the new ferry contracts for Caledonian MacBrayne and future strategy, ‘Puffing into History’ and much more.
Part 3 of The Callander & Oban Railway, supported by many fascinating original photographs, Heritage News and much more makes this a must have publication and provided free to members.
Receipt of this magazine, consisting of a Spring, a Summer and a Winter edition, posted to your address, is reason enough to become a member of the ‘Friends of the West Highland Lines’.
ScotRail hope to put their Active Travel Coach into service May 2021.
The picture above has captured the 10:10 ex Mallaig ScotRail service train passing the head of Loch Eilt west of Glenfinnan. It is bound for Fort William and then onward to Glasgow Queen Street Station. Travelling on this ScotRail service may not have the romance of the Jacobite and ‘Harry Potter’, but you travel the same route, see the same scenery and have the additional bonus of viewing all the wonderful scenery between Glasgow and Fort William and for a great price.
This Site includes Information on the History, Politics and Engineering features of the West Highland Lines, authored by railway historian, Dr John McGregor and railway author, Gordon Webster. Visitors should note that this is a developing feature of the site and information on these aspects is always being reviewed and added to.