Distant Signals Film – The West Highland Lines before 1980.
Distant Signals is a film produced by Scottish Television just before the West Highland Line signalling was modernised with the introduction of Radio Electronic Block Signalling (RETB). A system which reduced the cost of running these lines by replacing all the line staff with a single manned control building at Banavie, outside Fort William.
The film is beautifully produced and is a great record of the railway employees, often second and third generation family members, employed on the line, the equipment and proceedures which, until the introduction of RETB, were virtually unchanged since the line was opened.
West Highland Line AV
An Audio Visual journey over the lines from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban, Fort William & Mallaig. The presentation features the lines in all seasons and runs for approximately 15 minutes.
B5 Corrour climb
The B5 Corrour climb. British Rail Mixed Traffic Class 5 No. 44996 shows its paces heading a special charter on the last leg of the long climb to Corrour Summit.
The Jacobite Steam Train. This film, by Austin Whitehead, is a superb production. Filmed in October 2012 it shows the train and the superb scenery of the line to great effect. Sit back and enjoy!
A Mountain Adventure starts and finishes by travelling by train to Corrour Station on the West Highland Line.
The West Highland Line (Die West Highland Line der Scotland Railway)
A German TV film, produced by Elbmotion, Hanburg, with assistance from ScotRail and the Friends of the West Highland Lines. The film starts in Glasgow and travels all the way to Mallaig. It includes places, activities and personalities along the route and is well worth watching. The fiming was carried out in 2013 and subsequently broadcast on many European networks. The film is in German but this does not affect the enjoyment of watching it.