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K4, 61994, ‘The Great Marquis’, Loch Eilt, 2014

Royal Scotsman, Pulpit Rock, Loch Lomond

66746 heads south with ‘The Royal Scotsman’, near Pulpit Rock, south of Ardlui, 2017  

66740 ‘Sarah’ with 6E45 the empty Alcans about a mile from Glen Douglas Summit. Ben Narnain and A’Crois overlook, June 2022.

66740 ‘Sarah’ with 6E45 the empty Alcans about a mile from Glen Douglas Summit. Ben Narnain and A’Crois overlook, June 2022.

Locomotive Services TOC Ltd’s private train empty stock from Fort William to Arisaig, March 2022

Locomotive Services TOC Ltd’s private train empty stock from Fort William to Arisaig, March 2022

London – Fort William Caledonian Sleeper between Tyndrum & Bridge of Orchy

London – Fort William Caledonian Sleeper between Tyndrum & Bridge of Orchy, 2020

MonessieClass47

Class 47, 47826, heads a Statesman tour through the Monessie Gorge, 2012

Loch nan Uamh from water, 2017

Loch nan Uamh from water, 2017

Highland Explorer arriving in Oban, July 2021

Highland Explorer at Oban, July 2021

Thompson B1, 61306, heads a charter train south near Whistlefield above Loch Long, 2019

Thompson B1, 61306, heads a charter south near Whistlefield above Loch Long, 2019  

Alumina Train heads south thro’ Glen Falloch

Class 66 heads empty alumina train south thro’ Glen Falloch in early winter, 2016

156457 at Corrour summit 2020

156457 at Corrour summit, 2020

Corrour Summit 2009

Deltic Royal Scot, Fort William.

Deltic in charge of ‘Royal Scotsman’, Fort William, 2015

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Great Britain Charter at Glen Falloch, 2014

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K4 passes Loch Eilt, west of Glenfinnan, in late October, 2014

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Glenfinnan Station, 2015

Mallaig – Fort William summer service passes along south shore of Loch Eilt.

Mallaig – Fort William summer service passes along south shore of Loch Eilt.

45407 at Kinloid 2021

45407 at Kinloid 2021

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Mixture of liveries, Locheil Outward Bound, 2017

Two Class 73 locos head a southbound SRPS Charter north of Rannoch Station, 2018.

Two Class 73 locomotives head a southbound SRPS charter north of Rannoch Station, 2018.

The Midland Pullman crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct, October 2021

The Midland Pullman crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct, October 2021

Black 5 44996 climbing towards Corrour Summit with special charter, October 2009.

‘Black 5’ climbing towards Corrour Summit with a special charter, 2009.

Glen Falloch, south of Crianlarich, 2020

Glen Falloch, south of Crianlarich, 2020

43046+43055 09.12 Fort William – Reading at Pulpit Rock 25.10.21

43046+43055 09.12 Fort William – Reading at Pulpit Rock, October 2021

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Black 5, 45407, Auch Glen Viaduct, 2016

44871 leaving Mallaig with the Jacobite with Skye in the background, July 2021

Leaving Mallaig with the Isle of Skye in the background, July 2021

Friends of the West Highland Lines

The West Highland Lines, the Top Rail Journey in the World. Britain’s railways of superlatives which take you to the:

  • Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain

    Highest mountain (Ben Nevis)

  • Loch Lomond, the largest loch in Britain

    Largest loch (Loch Lomond)

  • Loch Awe, the longest loch in Britain

    Longest loch (Loch Awe)

  • Loch Morar, the deepest loch in Britain

    Deepest loch (Loch Morar)

  • Corrour, the highest mainline station in Britain

    Highest mainline station (Corrour)

  • Arisiag, the most westerly station in Britain

    Most westerly station (Arisaig)

  • Oban, the gateway to the Hebrides

    Gateway to the Hebrides (Oban & Mallaig)

  • Fort William, Britain's outdoor capital

    Britain’s Outdoor Capital (Fort William)

 

The West Highland Lines are world-class railways making a major contribution to accessibility for residents, tourists and freight in this uniquely beautiful part of Scotland. ScotRail trains link the West Highlands with Glasgow and there is also an overnight Caledonian Sleeper linking Fort William and intermediate West Highland stations with London.

ScotRail West Highland TIMETABLE

This website gives an introduction to the line, with pictures of the spectacular scenery brought to you by Norman McNab and others as attributed.

To Join The ‘Friends of the West Highland Lines’ – CLICK HERE

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News Flash  –  At the Railfuture AGM,  Friends of the West Highland Lines won the Gold Award for best Rail User Group Website 2021/22 in recognition of our contribution to rail campaigning.  A huge credit to the original designers  of the website, Norman McNab and John McCormick!

Good News  The Summer 2022 edition of West Highland News plus is published! Free with membership of the Friends of the West Highland Lines. This edition includes Fort William Depot & its locos, The Connel Bridge and The Crieff Lines No More – Or Are They? as well as a range of quality photos. Superbly edited by chairman, Doug Carmichael:

 

 

This is the 10:10 Mallaig to Fort William/Glasgow Queen Street service passing the head of Loch Eilt west of Glenfinnan.  Travelling on this ScotRail service may not have the romance of the Jacobite Steam Train and ‘Harry Potter’, but you travel the same route and have the additional bonus of viewing all the same wonderful scenery for a great price.


This site includes Information on the History, Politics and Engineering features of the West Highland Lines, authored by railway historian, Dr John McGregor and railway author, Gordon Webster.  This website was originally built by Norman McNab with help from Jimmy Powdrell Campbell.