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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.
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A locomotive which ploughed down an embankment in the Highlands after a landslide is to be cut up because it is too expensive to recover.

The freight engine, named the Eco Express, will be cannibalised for spare parts despite escaping serious damage, although experts said it was 'incredibly unusual' to write off a locomotive that was only ten years old and cost up to £2m
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Loch Treig: 67004, still in EWS livery, passes GBRf 66734 'The Eco Express' in its green shroud. The class 66 is to be cut up on site. What must pass through other driver's minds passing this location?
Ewan Crawford 12/02/2013


Brooks Crossing: During a brief lull in the rain 66734, with around 24 loaded wagons, approaches Brooks Level Crossing west of Cardross heading north on 28 June 2012. Later in the journey the train was to derail near ...
Ewan Crawford 28/06/2012


Loch Treig: GBRf 66734 'The Eco Express' lying alongside Loch Trieg on 4 July 2012 following derailment in the aftermath of a landslip on 28 June. The locomotive will be particularly difficult to recover f ...
John Gray 04/07/2012

The new owners of one of Scotland's most remote restaurants have said their business is being threatened since a train derailment in June.

A 24-wagon freight train derailed between Corrour and Tulloch on the West Highland Line.

Freight wagons, recovered from the scene, have been left in front of the Corrour Station House, which has become hidden from the view of passing trade.

Lizzie Mackenzie said no-one seemed to know what was going on. [From Richard Buckby]
(Permalink) Corrour Derailment Landslide Loch Treig Tulloch


Corrour: Probably the loneliest loop in Britain - a lightly-loaded northbound freight creeps through Corrour in 1998.
David Spaven //1988


Corrour: At 1520 the northbound service for Fort William pauses at Corrour. It's been 15 years since I was a regular user of Corrour and the new station house and a waiting room on the platform are distinct im ...
Ewan Crawford 15/02/2010


Corrour: The morning train from Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street approaches a cold and snowy Corrour Summit in the winter of 1974/5.
John Robin 14/12/1974

A boulder dislodged during a landslide has been identified as the likely cause of a freight train derailment on the West Highland line.

The section near Tulloch, between Crianlarich and Fort William, reopened on Wednesday after having been closed since the incident on 28 June.
(Permalink) Derailment Landslide Loch Treig Tulloch West Highland Lines


Loch Treig: GBRf 66734 'The Eco Express' lying alongside Loch Trieg on 4 July 2012 following derailment in the aftermath of a landslip on 28 June. The locomotive will be particularly difficult to recover f ...
John Gray 04/07/2012

Network Rail has completed work on the West Highland line, which has been closed after a landslip and derailment.

The section near Tulloch, between Crianlarich and Fort William, has been out of service since a freight train came off the line on 28 June.

Regular rail services will begin on Wednesday.
(Permalink) Derailment Loch Treig Network Rail Tulloch West Highland Lines


Tulloch: The operation to reopen the West Highland Line and recover GBRf 66734 see image [[39479]] is being managed from Tulloch and this ro-rail vehicle is seen there on 4 July 2012 about to take more workers ...
John Gray 04/07/2012


Brooks Crossing: During a brief lull in the rain 66734, with around 24 loaded wagons, approaches Brooks Level Crossing west of Cardross heading north on 28 June 2012. Later in the journey the train was to derail near ...
Ewan Crawford 28/06/2012


Loch Treig: GBRf 66734 'The Eco Express' lying alongside Loch Trieg on 4 July 2012 following derailment in the aftermath of a landslip on 28 June. The locomotive will be particularly difficult to recover f ...
John Gray 04/07/2012

The West Highland line will remain closed between Crianlarich and Fort William for the rest of this week as engineers work to recover a derailed freight service.

Due to the remote location of the train, which was derailed near Tulloch last Thursday evening following a landslip, the operation to remove the train, stabilise the slope above and repair damage to the track is expected to take until July 11 to complete.
(Permalink) Derailment Loch Treig Network Rail Tulloch West Highland Lines


Brooks Crossing: During a brief lull in the rain 66734, with around 24 loaded wagons, approaches Brooks Level Crossing west of Cardross heading north on 28 June 2012. Later in the journey the train was to derail near ...
Ewan Crawford 28/06/2012

Major disruption to rail services between Fort William and Glasgow on the West Highland Line is expected to last into next week.
Replacement bus services are in operation between Fort William and Glasgow's Queen Street Station after torrential rain caused a freight train derailment near Tulloch and a landslip at Arrochar last Thursday.
First Scotrail say the busy line will not open fully until Tuesday, July 10, at the earliest.
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Loch Treig Tunnel: Heading south in the Canadian Rockies ... er, no, by Loch Treig. The former route of the line is immediately to the left and slightly lower.
Ewan Crawford //


Loch Treig Tunnel: On a glorious day in bright sunshine, K4 61994 The Great Marquess and 37676 Loch Rannoch haul The Cathedrals Explorer along the side of Loch Treig south of Tulloch on 8 May. ...
John Gray 08/05/2011

Rail services remain severely disrupted after torrential rain in parts of Scotland and northern England caused flooding and landslides.
No services are running on the East Coast main line between Scotland and Newcastle.
There is also severe disruption in the west Highlands, following a freight train derailment near Tulloch, and a landslip at Arrochar.
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