06:35 Caledonian Sleeper, Glen Falloch, 2016

London – Fort William Caledonian Sleeper between Tyndrum & Bridge of Orchy

London – Fort William Caledonian Sleeper between Tyndrum & Bridge of Orchy, 2020

Loch nan Uamh from water, 2017

Loch nan Uamh from water, 2017


Fort William to London, Caledonian Sleeper, Auch, 2016

Alumina Train heads south thro’ Glen Falloch

Class 66 heads empty alumina train south thro’ Glen Falloch in early winter, 2016

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K4 passes Loch Eilt, west of Glenfinnan, in late October, 2014


Class 47, 47826, heads a ‘Statesman Tour’ through the Monessie Gorge, 2012


Locheil Outward Bound, 2017


Caledonian Sleeper, Rannoch Viaduct, 2016

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Glasgow Queen Street – Oban train above Loch Long at Murlaggan, 2017  


Glenfinnan Station, 2015

Deltic Royal Scot, Fort William.

Deltic in charge of ‘Royal Scotsman’, Fort William, 2015

16.05 Mallaig – Glasgow Queen Street north of Rannoch Station in October 2018

Late evening north of Rannoch Station, 16.05 ex Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street Service, 2018

Slider 17 Garbh Ghoir Viaduct, Rannoch

Garbh Ghoir Viaduct, Rannoch, 2013


K4, 61994, ‘The Great Marquis’, Loch Eilt, 2014

Glasgow – Fort William/Mallaig winter service, 2020


Class 156 above Shandon, 2010

Royal Scotsman, Pulpit Rock, Loch Lomond

66746 heads south with ‘The Royal Scotsman’, near Pulpit Rock, south of Ardlui, 2017  


Class 66 at Crianlarich (alumina), 2012


Glasgow to Oban service crosses River Awe Bridge, 2016


Great Britain Charter at Glen Falloch, 2014


Glasgow to Oban at Glen Falloch, 2016

Black 5 44996 climbing towards Corrour Summit with special charter, October 2009.

‘Black 5’ climbing towards Corrour Summit with a special charter, 2009.


Caledonian Sleeper, Glen Falloch, 2009


156 4-car, midday, Glen Falloch, 2014


Mallaig to Fort William, Jacobite  departure, 2016

London to Fort William Caledonian Sleeper, Loch Tulla, 2016


Black 5, 45407, Auch Glen Viaduct, 2016

Class 66 heads an alumina train to Fort William, crossing the Rannoch Viaduct on a June evening, 2015

Class 66 heads a Fort William alumina train across Rannoch viaduct on a June evening, 2015

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Oban Train south of Tyndrum in January, 2015

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:

  • Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain

    Highest mountain (Ben Nevis)

  • Loch Lomond, the largest loch in Britain

    Largest loch (Loch Lomond)

  • Loch Awe, the longest loch in Britain

    Longest loch (Loch Awe)

  • Loch Morar, the deepest loch in Britain

    Deepest loch (Loch Morar)

  • Corrour, the highest mainline station in Britain

    Highest mainline station (Corrour)

  • Arisiag, the most westerly station in Britain

    Most westerly station (Arisaig)

  • Oban, the gateway to the Hebrides

    Gateway to Hebrides (Oban & Mallaig)

  • Fort William, Britain's outdoor capital

    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.

To Join The ‘Friends of the West Highland Lines’ – CLICK HERE

Keep up to date with latest News  by visiting our Twitter Feed or Facebook page.

Image from ‘Building the Mallaig Railway’ book.

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.

Image courtesy of ScotRail

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.

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