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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2019 AGM Report

This year’s AGM took place in Helensburgh on Saturday 18th May at the Commodore Hotel West Clyde Street. Business started at 12.00hrs followed by lunch in the restaurant. . Following lunch our speakers was:  ScotRail’s Ambassador- John Yellowlees. John stood in for David Simpson ScotRail Operations Director who had to…

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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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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.

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