Glasgow to Mallaig via Fort William. The BREATHTAKING West Highland Line (2021)
This excellent video from Dylan’s Travel Reports perfectly captures the modern-day journey albeit recorded during Covid restrictions.
West Highland Railway (1960)
This fantastic 1960 video from BBC Film Unit, Scotland, has everything from the days of steam: double-heading, sleeper, restaurant car, Mallaig turntable, observation car, snow shed, “Wee Arrochar” and schoolchildren getting on and off the train by ladder.
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 procedures which, until the introduction of RETB, were virtually unchanged since the line was opened.
Black 5 Corrour climb (2009)
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 (2012)
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!
Network Rail New Measurement Train on the West Highland (2014)
The only recorded visit so far – May 2014.
West Highland Line AV (2014)
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.
Camp Blizzard (2016)
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) (2017)
The presentation features the line, places, activities and personalities along the route and is a great advert for the line. The dialogue is in German without subtitles but this does not detract from the enjoyable content.
The film was produced by Elbmotion in Hamburg, with permission from ScotRail and help from the Friends of the West Highland Lines. The film was broadcast on German, French and Italian national TV networks.