18-03-2021 – ScotRail to be Nationalised

The Scottish Government  has announced that ScotRail is set to come under state control following the termination of the Abellio Franchise contract in March 2022. ScotRail services will then be provided within the public sector by an ‘arms length’ company owned and managed by the Government. The Friends of the…

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15/03/21 – ScotRail ‘Active Travel’ Coach – Latest News

ScotRail hopes to see the first of its five ‘Active Travel’ coaches converted from Class 153 single-car diesel multiple-units entering service during the May 2021 timetable. The main challenge is the training of 38 drivers from Oban and Glasgow Queen Street depots whilst coronavirus social distancing rules remain in place.…

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20/12/2020 – Building the Mallaig Railway

The Glenfinnan Station Museum have just published a new book about the construction of the ‘Mallaig Extension’ – the line from Fort Willam to Mallaig which opened in 1901, some seven years after the line to Fort William opened. Generously illustrated with more than a hundred recently-discovered photographs from 1900,…

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8/11/2020 – Fort William Sleeper Service Disruptions

The Fort William-London Euston Caledonian Sleeper service has been cancelled, at least until 24th March, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The situation changes frequently and in additional there is the prospect of industrial action to add to the usual Christmas and New Year service changes. Please consult this Caledonian Sleeper Service…

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15/06/2020 – Cycle Carriage for the WHL

ScotRail have provided an update on progress on the modification of 153DMUs for transporting cycles (reference the News item first published in November 2018). As intimated 18 months ago, ScotRail is transforming five Class 153 trains to carry up to 20 bikes to enhance existing services on the West Highland…

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WEST HIGHLAND NEWS PLUS

Publishing of our Summer 2020 issue of  West Highland News PLUS magazine, normally published in June, has been postponed. Doug Carmichael, Editor and Chairman, Friends of The West Highland Lines, said “the (provisional) plan is to produce and publish a ‘bumper’ combined Summer/Autumn/Winter edition in September”. This is a consequence…

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