The Jacobite timetable for 2023

The Jacobite steam train timetable for 2023 between Fort William and Mallaig via the Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter Bridge)

Morning Service:

Running from Monday 3rd April to Friday 27th October 2023 (seven days per week)

Afternoon Service:

Running from Monday 1st May to Friday 29th September 2023 (seven days per week)

Further details at: Timetables | West Coast Railways

Autumn/Winter West Highland News Plus is here!

The latest edition includes Fort William and its Locos – Part 3, West Highland Historical Notes, The Crieff Lines No More – Part 2, The Strathmore Line, Heritage Railway News and On The Waterfront as well as a wealth of high quality images all masterminded by our Chairman, Doug Carmichael.

Serco to relinquish Caledonian Sleeper

Serco Caledonian Sleeper’s current franchise agreement will come to an end on 25 June 2023. Statement from Transport Scotland: Ministerial decision on Serco Caledonian Sleeper contract | Transport Scotland Statement from Serco: Caledonian Sleeper Franchise Update | Caledonian Sleeper

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Gold Award for best Rail User Group Website 2021/22.

At the Railfuture Rail User Group Awards in Bristol 16 July 2022, Friends of the West Highland Lines won “Best Website” for our contribution to rail campaigning.  The original site was created by John McCormick and Norman McNab who engaged local Helensburgh web designer Jim Chestnut ( to build the…

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19/07/2021 – Highland Explorer in Service

Interior shots courtesy of Snappitysnaps: Bikes and other bulky luggage is carried free of charge but there is a supplement of £10 if you wish to sit in the Highland Explorer coach (complementary refreshments, plug and USB sockets). More details on ScotRail website

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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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20/12/2020 – Building the Mallaig Railway

The Glenfinnan Station Museum has published a 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 recently-discovered photographs from 1900, this A4 landscape book, containing 123…

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