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 the short section of line in the Pass of Brander. The mature native oaks - lying on the embankment between the railway and the A85 road - were identified as being a danger to road and rail traffic. As such, this was a separate issue from the previous tree clearance programmes, which have seen Network Rail, Friends of the West Highland Lines and other local groups work together to provide better scenic views for passengers at various locations. Glenfinnan and Glen Falloch were two areas to recently benefit from this work, with others including Loch Awe, Arrochar and along Strath Fillan.
Picture courtesy of Network Rail