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Passengers have been lining up to complain about the temperatures on the Oban to Glasgow service.
(Permalink) Glasgow Heating Oban West Highland Line

The Met Office yellow alert says there could be up to 20cm of snow on high ground during Saturday.
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New Year train disruption as Network Rail complete 'vital' improvements to the line Between Helensburgh and Dumbarton.
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It will affect services between Mallaig and Oban to Glasgow Queen Street.
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The heavy rain forecasts affecting the Highlands are expected to cause major disruption to train travels in the region this morning.
(Permalink) Cancellations Delays Flooding Glasgow Queen Street Inverness Kyle Of Lochalsh Perth Weather West Highland Line

A travel publication has revealed the top nine tour operator itineraries by rail in the world, and coming in at number one is a beautifully scenic Scottish route.
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The West Highland Line has also been closed due to damage caused by flooding in the same area near Roybridge.
(Permalink) Landslide Roy Bridge West Highland Line West Highland Railway

The Met Office earlier said that the spell of strong winds would affect transport, with the warning in place from 4am until 1pm.
(Permalink) Corran Ferry Weather West Coast Main Line West Highland Line

Scenic trains with larger windows are being considered by ScotRail for a new greener fleet on lines in the Highlands popular with tourists. They could operate on the West Highland Line to Mallaig which has been a major draw for Harry Potter fans, and the Far North Line to Thurso and Wick.

(Permalink) Far North Line Fort William Glenfinnan Mallaig Scenic ScotRail Thurso West Highland Line Wick Windows

Borrodale Tunnel: A westbound 4 car Sprinter is about to enter Borrodale Tunnel, the longest on the line, on a swelteringly hot day in 2017.
Ewan Crawford 02/05/2017

Arisaig: Mallaig-bound Jacobite crosses a ScotRail service at Arisaig on 3rd June 2016.
David Spaven 03/06/2016

Georgemas Junction: Having shuttled to Thurso and back 158702 runs in to Georgemas Junction ready to continue on to Wick. In the background the new crane and loading area for the Dounreay flasks are nearing completion an ...
Mark Bartlett 06/07/2012

Swiss-style scenic trains with extra legroom and luxury catering could be introduced on the Scottish route considered one of the worlds greatest train journeys.
(Permalink) Far North Line Fort William Glenfinnan Mallaig Scenic ScotRail Thurso West Highland Line Wick Windows

Many will be waking to icy patches this morning, as a Met Office yellow warning remains in place across the majority of mainland Scotland.
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The Oban line will fully reopen for passengers on Tuesday (December 27) following work to repair landslip-damaged tracks near Falls of Cruachan on Loch Awe.
(Permalink) Falls of Cruachan Landslip Oban West Highland Line

Falls of Cruachan: Engineers working to clear debris and re-connect communities following landslip at the Falls of Cruachan. Network Rail is working with BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland to re-connect communities al ...
Network Rail 20/12/2022

Falls of Cruachan: View east of the landslip site just east of Falls of Cruachan, seen from the old Military Road (built by General Caulfeild's men 1750-54 and now abandoned) above the railway. Debris has been removed f ...
Ewan Crawford 22/12/2022

Speed restrictions have been imposed on the West Highland Line today due to the weather.
(Permalink) Speed restrictions Weather West Highland Line

Five major railway lines in the north and north-east will be subject to speed restrictions following Met Office warnings for heavy rain and high winds.
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It's mid-morning when two friends and I board the two-carriage diesel train from Inverness, manoeuvring our luggage into the overhead racks before sitting down.
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Duncraig: An eastbound service arrives at Duncraig (just off to the right) in 2013.
Ewan Crawford 26/04/2013

Achnasheen: Autumn sunshine illuminates First ScotRail 158708, seen here arriving at the westbound platform at Achnasheen in October 2009. The train is a morning service from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh.
John Furnevel 01/10/2009

Garve: 158708 on the level crossing over the A835 about to run into Garve station during a downpour on 1 October 2009. The train is the 1443 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness.
John Furnevel 01/10/2009

Rail services on the West Highland Line have been forced to slow down due to rising temperatures.
(Permalink) Heat Speed restrictions Weather West Highland Line

Plans to add more rail stops on the world-famous West Highland Line could help ease congestion in one of Scotland's biggest towns and 'exploit untapped tourism'.
(Permalink) Fort William West Highland Line West Highland Railway

Simon Reeve has a great trick for getting his 11-year-old son excited about walking up hills with him. He tells him they're massive mountains.
(Permalink) Callander and Oban Railway West Highland Line West Highland Railway

It has been voted the worlds best rail journey and takes in some of Scotlands most spectacular scenery.
(Permalink) Callander and Oban Railway Fort William Glasgow Mallaig Oban West Highland Line West Highland Railway

High Morlaggan Railway Cottage: A Glasgow-Oban Sprinter seen above Loch Long near Morlaggan.
Ewan Crawford 10/05/2019

Achallader Viaduct: In early 1991 a Sprinter above Achallader heads south.
Ewan Crawford //1991

Oban: Just about ready for 'the off'. The crew of the 1211 Abellio ScotRail service to Glasgow Queen Street, during a final exchange prior to departure from Oban on 22 April 2015.
John Furnevel 22/04/2015

Train services in Helensburgh have been disrupted this afternoon due to a landslip, ScotRail has confirmed. [The landslip on the West Highland Line between Craigendoran and Helensburgh Upper. -RS]
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Train services on two separate Highland lines are being delayed due to signal fault.
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Commuter trains on the West Highland Line will be restored when ScotRails new timetable takes effect next week.
(Permalink) ScotRail Timetabling West Highland Line West Highland Railway

Heavy downpour overnight is impacting rail services in the Highlands.
(Permalink) Far North Line Flooding Kyle Line Weather West Highland Line

Rail passengers in the Highlands were facing a third day of disruption on Tuesday after sustained rainfall sparked further cancellations and delays.
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Supporters of the West Highland Line fear the last remaining rail freight service may soon be lost.
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High Morlaggan Railway Cottage: Day in, day out, (with very few exceptions) the Alcan train has kept the Lochaber Smelter going during the COVID-19 crisis and the smelter itself has remained open. An autumnal view of 66733 heading s ...
Ewan Crawford 07/10/2020

High Morlaggan Railway Cottage: An ex-Oban Sprinter heads south by Loch Long.
Ewan Crawford 04/02/2020

Auchtertyre Viaduct: 66733 slowly draws a North Blyth-Lochaber Smelter train over the Auchtertyre Viaduct. It's a near constant climb from Crianlarich (Fillan Viaduct) to Upper Tyndrum (County March Summit).
Ewan Crawford 05/03/2020

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

ScotRail is set to launch an online video which will show the drivers view of some of Scotlands most breath-taking scenery.
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