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ScotRail has introduced a temporary train service in a remote part of the Highlands, after locals who have no other access to public transport expressed fears theyd miss out on 'essential' shopping trips and medical appointments.

The 17:37 Fort William “ Glasgow service was temporarily removed from the timetable following a 90 per cent fall in the number of passengers using the train during the coronavirus pandemic.

The changes being made to the timetable reflect the current demand from customers, while delivering better value for the taxpayer.
(Permalink) Corrour Fort William Rannoch Roy Bridge Sleeper suspension Spean Bridge Timetabling Tulloch

It's considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world, and now armchair admirers can sit back and enjoy it from the comfort of their own home.

(Permalink) Fort William Mallaig West Highland Line West Highland Railway

Newly-discovered photos documenting the construction of a world famous Highland railway line are set to star in a TV documentary later this week [31st].
(Permalink) BBC Alba Ceol na Loidhne Fort William Glenfinnan Glenfinnan Viaduct Loch nan Uamh Viaduct Mallaig Mallaig Extension Polnish Song of the Track West Highland Railway

A new lighthouse is being built at the Corran Narrows on Loch Linnhe to enable larger cruise ships to safely reach the West Highland town.
(Permalink) Corran Narrows Fort William

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the current restrictions that are being imposed throughout Scotland, we have had to bring forward the end of the Jacobite season for 2020 to Friday 6th November. The Morning service will now run each day Monday to Friday to Friday 6th November.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Fort William Jacobite Mallaig West Coast Railways

Fire crews earlier today attended a crash involving a car on the railway line near Fort William.
(Permalink) Car on line Corpach Fort William

The steam train runs trips between Fort William and Mallaig.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Fort William Jacobite Mallaig

The Scottish Executive has awarded EWS with £1m for timber traffic. The grant will be broken up as follows;

- £158,000 to partly finance the re-development of the rail freight depot at Beattock for timber. EWS is seeking further funding.

- £766,000 for a track access grant for timber sent by rail from Fort William, Crianlarich and Arrochar to Chirk in North Wales.

- £143,000 for a track access grant for timber from Kinbrace in Sutherland to Inverness. The project is also supported by the Highland Council, the Forestry Commission, the Highland Rail Partnership and EWS.

(Permalink) Arrochar and Tarbet Beattock Chirk Crianlarich EWS Forestry Commission Fort William Highland Council Highland Rail Partnership Inverness Kinbrace Timber West Highland Lines

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