Caledonian Sleeper – New Mk 5 Carriages

New carriages for the Caledonian Sleeper have appeared on the West Highland Line for the first time, on daytime trial runs. Photographers got a glimpse of the eagerly-awaited Mk 5 coaches during several weekdays in April, when a Class 73 locomotive worked from Glasgow to Arrochar and back. 10 April…

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West Highland Lines Review Group

Transport Scotland have announced a West Highland Lines Review Group to improve performance and journey times on the railway, a move massively welcomed by the Society. New timetabling possibilities for ScotRail services are to be examined – as well as freight haulage opportunities – on the Glasgow-Oban/Fort William/Mallaig routes. The…

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2018 AGM Report

This year’s AGM took place in Oban on Friday 11th May at the Great Western Hotel on the Esplanade, 10 minutes walk from Oban Station. Complimentary Tea and Coffee was provided from 11.00hrs and the Business started at 12.00hrs followed by lunch in the restaurant. . Following lunch our speakers…

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Loch Long Tree Clearance

Yet more stunning scenic views from the train have been recovered on the WHL at Morelaggan, above Loch Long, after removal of lineside vegetation. The Network Rail/ScotRail Alliance completed the work, having committed to continue tree removal following previous successful clearances led by the Friends at other locations on the…

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Queen St Re-opens

Queen Street Station

Glasgow Queen Street high level station re-opened to West Highland Line passenger trains on Sunday 7 August – a day earlier than originally scheduled – following completion of electrification work. The terminus fully re-opened to all trains on the 8th, ending the long routine of ScotRail services being diverted to…

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West Coast Main Line consultation and the WHL

West Coast Main Line

  Dear All, You may or may not be aware that the UK Dept. for Transport are at present conducting a public consultation on the next West Coast Main Line franchise. What has that got to do with the West Highland Lines you may ask. Well quite a lot really.…

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Sprinter Toilet Modifications


The first West Highland Line ‘Sprinter’ unit to be fitted with a controlled emission toilet (156 485) has now entered service on the routes to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig. A programme is underway to fit all ScotRail Class 156 DMUs with toilet retention tanks for this purpose by 2017,…

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More Oban Sunday trains – fantastic news!

The Friends are delighted to see yet another winter Sunday service enhancement on the West Highland Lines, with the announcement from ScotRail that the (Sundays) 0956 Glasgow-Oban and 1611 Oban-Glasgow will run all year round starting from the new timetable on 13 December. Previously it was a summer season working…

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Callander Railway Festival

The Friends were delighted to support the Callander Railway Festival over the weekend of 25-27 September, which marked 50 years since the closure of the raliway through Callander – the Callander & Oban line. Volunteers from our society had a trade stand present showcasing our work and selling various West…

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