Caledonian Sleeper to be nationalised

The Scottish Government has announced that it will manage the Caledonian Sleeper from the 25th of June 2023 through Scottish Rail Holdings. “Caledonian Sleeper staff will transfer to the new Scottish Government owned entity, with their terms and conditions protected.”

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Winter/Spring 2023 West Highland News Plus is here!

  This edition of West Highland News Plus contains the many usual features plus It includes “WEST HIGHLAND SUMMER SATURDAYS IN 1957” by John McGregor and “CRIEFF LINES NO MORE – PART 3” by David Ferguson.  Free to members or £4 plus p&p from the Editor, Doug Carmichael

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Highland Explorer to serve Fort William & Mallaig

From March 2023 the Highland Explorer coach is due to be added to one ScotRail train in each direction between Glasgow Queen Street, Fort William and Mallaig AND there will no longer be a supplement to use the seating!  This is particularly appropriate timing with the UCI Cycling World Championship…

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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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