2019 AGM

For this year’s AGM we return to the Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde St. (Promenade) Helensburgh, G84 8ES. Sat 18th May 2019. The meeting will commence at 11:30 a.m. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 11 a.m.         Business:- To approve the minutes of…

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Class 153 Update

Published 26/11/2018. Recent information has been released by Transport Scotland outlining thoughts on how to ‘kit-out’ the proposed Class 153 single carriage units for the transport of Cycle, Ski and other outdoor sports equipment on Scotland’ scenic railway routes. The proposal is to add the 153 carriage to the current…

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Revamp of Queen Street Station

The picture on the left is a computer generated image, supplied by Network Rail, of how the interior of Queen Street Station will look in 2020 when the £120 million redevelopment is completed. Queen Street is Scotland’s 3rd busiest station and is being transformed to allow for platform extension to…

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Class 153 Single Car DMU.

Certain service trains on the West Highland Lines will have Class 153 single car units added to the existing 156 DMUs. The additional ‘baggage’ car will provide space for cyclists, their cycles, rucksacks, skis and sports equipment and, it is anticipated, extra seats to reduce overcrowding (a problem which will…

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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…

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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…

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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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