Glen Orchy Bridge

Published, 09/10/2018; At the beginning of October the entire ‘floor’ of timbers on the Orchy Rail Viaduct, over the entrance to Loch Awe, has been replaced with new timbers.  While this work proceeded buses replaced rail services for nearly a week between Oban and Crianlarich. The bridge dates back from…

Continue reading

Oban Station Track Layout

Published, 09/10/2018; Oban station and approach tracks have been completely relaid by Network Rail. The crossover at the platforms was also renewed and a membrane laid through the platforms before new track and ballast was installed.  A virtual ballast quarry was established at Glenshellach about 1/4-mile from the station. Because…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

West Highland Lines – an Audio-Visual Journey

An Audio-Visual journey over the lines from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban, Fort William & Mallaig can now be viewed under the ‘Video’ tab on this website. The presentation features the lines in all seasons and runs for approximately 15 minutes.  It features many pictures and videos by award-winning photographer Norman McNab from our society.

Continue reading