Abellio wins ScotRail franchise

Friends of the West Highland Lines would like to give a warm welcome to Abellio, who will take over the new ScotRail passenger train franchise commencing in April 2015. The Dutch-based group will take over from FirstGroup and we look forward to working with them in the future. We welcome…

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Sunday Post article

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Glasgow-Fort William West Highland Line this year, the Sunday Post published a feature about the railway, with contributions from Friends of the West Highland Lines. The online version can be viewed by following this link http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/scotland/happy-birthday-to-one-of-world-s-greatest-railway-routes-and-it-s-in-scotland-1.623557

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Visit to Yoker signalling centre

FoWHL committee members Nick Jones and Gordon Webster paid a recent visit to Yoker signalling centre in Glasgow, which nowadays controls all train movements along the electrified North Clyde/Argyle lines between Drumgelloch/Dalmarnock and Helensburgh (via Glasgow Queen Street and Central low level stations). This includes all West Highland Line workings…

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Timetable changes

NOTE TO TRAVELLERS – from 21 September the Fort William sleeper will now stop in both directions at Glasgow Queen St low level. It will no longer call at Westerton. This will allow a direct connection to/from Glasgow city centre without having to change trains. An amended ScotRail timetable is…

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Extra winter Sunday service for Oban

There will be two Sunday trains a day between Glasgow and Oban for the winter timetable, starting this year. It has been announced that the 1220 Glasgow-Oban and 1211 Oban-Glasgow ScotRail services will now operate all year round after previously being summer only, following some continued campaigning by the Friends…

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West Highland Line Postcards

Following the success of previous issues of high quality A5 size postcards featuring scenes of the West Highland Lines, ScotRail have commissioned a new set of four. The postcards are handed out as a free promotion to travellers on the West Highland Lines between Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig.…

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Rannoch station tearoom reopens

It is pleasing to report that the Rannoch station tearoom was reopened in July, after several years of change and inactivity. New owners Bill Anderson and his wife Jenny have had a busy first week, proving popular with the many hillwalkers, tourists and others visiting the station in its spectacular…

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Tree clearance at Falls of Cruachan

Lineside vegetation was recently cut back at Falls of Cruachan station on the Oban line, recovering yet another long-lost scenic view for travellers on the railway. An extended elevated view of Loch Awe can now be had from the train, after Network Rail removed a number of diseased trees along…

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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…

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