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severe weather will impact rail services between Kyle of Lochalsh and Inverness, ScotRail has warned. The rail operator has advised passengers that recent rough weather has necessitated the cancellation of some Monday morning services between the Highland capital and Lochalsh. 'Due to severe weather, services on our Oban/Mallaig & Kyle of Lochalsh routes will be disrupted tomorrow morning [Monday],' said a spokesman.
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A ceremony to thank the train driver and railway assistant in the Loch Awe train derailment last year will be held in Oban on the anniversary of the crash.
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ScotRail is to launch a Sunday train service for day trippers to Oban from Edinburgh, Linlithgow and Polmont over six weeks this summer.
The service has been welcomed by VisitScotland. It will start on Sunday 25 July and run each Sunday until 29 August inclusive. The service is timed to give passengers five hours in the West Highland town and designed to appeal to people in Edinburgh and West Lothian who would love a day out in Oban - without taking the car. The train will leave Edinburgh Waverley at 0810 and arrive back in the capital at 2107.
Graeme Macfarlan, marketing manager at ScotRail said that the move was in direct response to listening to customers - as well as people opting to holiday in the UK due to ongoing uncertainty regarding air travel. He added: 'Many customers in the East of Scotland have told us they would love to experience the West Highland Line for a day out but would prefer not to change trains - and sometimes stations - at Glasgow. This new, direct service changes all that and should boost tourism. And we'll be offering cream teas on the scenic route, which really is the icing on the cake of a special day out!'
David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland's Regional Director in Argyll said: 'We've just launched a £250,000 campaign specifically encouraging Scots to take holidays in their own country, so expanding train services to accommodate the needs of the day trip market fits very well with this.
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Oban: Welcome to Oban is the gaelic greeting for disembarking ferry passengers as they make their way from the quayside to Oban station. This more unusual view of Oban station, and the late afternoon train to Glasgow (Sprinter 156493), was taken from the top deck of Calmac's DSMV Isle of Mull, about to set sail for Craignure.