The Friends of the West Highland Lines promote development of the train services through the West Highlands. We want high quality trains, more frequent services, through tickets and reliable connections with ferries and local buses. Better transport for local people and visitors will increase accessibility and benefit the economy of the Highlands. We are privileged to have Lady Judy McAlpine as our Honorary President.
One long-term aspiration for the Society is to see the reinstatement of closed passing loops along the West Highland Lines. By allowing trains on the long single-line sections to pass at stations such as Lochailort and Corrour, delays would be avoided during the tourist season and result in a more smoothly-operating railway with scope for timetable expansion. The Friends publish a magazine, West Highland News Plus, three times per year containing news, photographs and historical articles covering the WEST HIGHLAND LINES, the SCOTRAIL NETWORK and ON THE WATERFRONT ferry news. This is free to members of the Society. Members can also attend our AGM which is normally held in the spring at a location on the West Highland Lines. The range of guest speakers over the years has given interesting insights into the operation and organisation of rail transport through the rugged countryside of the West Highlands.