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A project which could move over 500,000 tonnes of timber out of Rannoch Forest by rail has taken a major step forward.

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Scottish Government and private sector interests to construct a log stacking and timber loading facility, north of Rannoch Railway Station.
(Permalink) Rannoch Timber


Rannoch: Southbound from Rannoch in 2003.
John Furnevel 20/05/2003


Rannoch: Looking to Rannoch station from the end of the former long siding. The West Highland line is on the right.
Ewan Crawford //


Rannoch Viaduct: Rannoch Viaduct & Station looking south from northbound sleeper service
Paul D Kerr 04/09/2006

The Scottish forestry sector is estimated to contribute around £1bn to the economy each year, with around three-quarters of that coming from forestry and timber processing. Around 10m tonnes of timber are harvested each year, and this is forecast to increase over the long term as Scottish Government increases forest planting to support its green recovery and climate change ambitions. The most recent update to the Climate Change Plan stated that Government will increase woodland creation from the current level of 12,000 hectares in 2020/21 up to 18,000 hectares in 2024/25.
(Permalink) Climate Change Green Timber


Georgemas Junction: Close up of the wagon loading equipment in use for the trial timber trains at Georgemas Junction, seen on 4th August 2020.
Victa Railfreight 04/08/2020

Caithness is playing a key role in a £195k project which hopes to show that moving timber by rail is a viable and greener alternative to using roads.

(Permalink) Dalcross Far North Line Georgemas Junction Hitrans Inverness Network Rail Norbord Scottish Forestry Timber Transport Scotland Victa Railfreight

Hundreds of lorry loads of timber could be removed from the A9 in Ross-shire after almost £200,000 was allocated to a rail freight trial by Victa Railfreight.
(Permalink) Dalcross Far North Line Georgemas Junction Hitrans Inverness Network Rail Norbord Scottish Forestry Timber Transport Scotland Victa Railfreight

Given the importance of timber to the rural Scottish economy with 10 million tonnes forecast to be harvested every year for the foreseeable future readers will perhaps be surprised to learn that not a single wagon of timber has moved by rail in Scotland for 10 years.
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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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