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 the 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.
News Flash – Active Travel Coaches, designated the Highland Explorer, began in service 19 July on the Glasgow to Oban route. Full details on the ScotRail website
Good News The Summer 2021 edition of the Society’s magazine ‘West Highland News Plus’ has now been published.
Receipt of this magazine, consisting of a Spring, Summer and Winter edition, posted to your address, is reason enough to become a member of the ‘Friends of the West Highland Lines’. Otherwise copies can be obtained from the Editor, Doug Carmichael, for £4 inc p&p.
This edition includes information on the new Class 153 “Active Travel” coaches, Scottish signal boxes, Part 3 of the Callander and Oban Railway and Tales of the West Highland as well as a wealth of high quality photographs.
This is the 10:10 Mallaig to Fort William/Glasgow Queen Street service passing the head of Loch Eilt west of Glenfinnan. Travelling on this ScotRail service may not have the romance of the Jacobite Steam Train and ‘Harry Potter’, but you travel the same route, see the same scenery and have the additional bonus of viewing all the wonderful scenery 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.