West Highland Line

Introduction

This line runs from Glasgow to Fort William, Mallaig and Oban.

For history of the line see the pages for the West Highland Railway and Callander and Oban Railway.



Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Glasgow to Fort William

This is a terminus with seven platforms to the north of George Square in Glasgow.
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170419 seen here today working the 1209 Queen Street-Inverness is no longer in ScotRail livery as it is now subleased back from Southern. 170416-20 ...
John Yellowlees 11/10/2017
Information on hoardings at Glasgow Queen Street. ...
John Yellowlees 11/10/2017
Centre portion of the new mural at the Queen Street concourse. ...
John Yellowlees 06/06/2016
It's going to be impressive when it's finished. ...
Beth Crawford 21/05/2018

This is a five platform station. There are two platforms on the Singer route and to the north two platforms on the Clydebank route and a bay to the north of those, served from the Clydebank direction.
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The somewhat less than attractive building adorning the platform at Dalmuir, as viewed from a westbound train. ...
Beth Crawford 18/05/2017
MPV DR98962/98912 heads west on railhead treatment duties. 7 November. ...
Bill Roberton 07/11/2016
318258 has just terminated at Dalmuir with a service via Yoker on 08 October 2015. The unit then proceeded to the down siding where it coupled to ...
John McIntyre 08/10/2015
A view of the brutalist architecture at Dalmuir. The flats are a product of their time, but really, the footbridge and platform structures could be ...
Beth Crawford 22/05/2017

This is a three platform station on the Helensburgh, Balloch and West Highland Railway lines.
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MSP Jackie Baillie and Provost William Hendrie prepare to cut a red tape to open the Armed Forces Veterans' Association Heritage Centre with an ...
Ewan Crawford 27/04/2018
334038 leaves Dumbarton Central heading (non stop) for Helensburgh Central on 17th July 2018.
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Beth Crawford 17/07/2018
Railway crest on a fireplace inside Dumbarton Central. I always find these quite difficult to interpret, I guess this is the initials of the Dumbarton ...
Ewan Crawford 27/04/2018
Barrel train, advert for the coffee shop and tree clearance in the disused platform. ...
John Yellowlees 14/08/2017

This station is open. It was an island platform station with a typical West Highland Railway chalet style station building and, originally, a typical West Highland signal box.
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Platform sign at Helensburgh Upper on 2 June 2009. [The Gaelic version omits the 'Upper'.] ...
David Panton 02/06/2009
The 14.43 Helensburgh Upper to Queen Street Low Level pulls in exactly to time, having come in two halves from Oban and Mallaig. Only stops now - ...
Colin Miller 20/04/2016
Passengers wait to catch the morning service from Glasgow to Oban service at Helensburgh Upper on a wet summers day in August 1985. ...
John McIntyre /08/1985
66739 'Bluebell Railway' draws to a stop at Helensburgh Central for a crew change. For a panoramic version
Ewan Crawford 01/07/2016

This is an island platform station with an original West Highland Railway chalet-style building and signal box ('B' listed). A parcels building and short platform (both demolished 2017) also remain on the west side of the station. Access to the station is by means of a subway.
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The modern world comes to Garelochhead station. New departure/arrival screens await their unveiling. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/11/2017
Leaves being blasted from the rails by the northbound 'Leaf Train' at Garelochhead. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/11/2017
GBRf 73971 slows to call at Garelochhead with the Fort William bound sleeper service on 1st August 2017. ...
Mark Bartlett 08/10/2017
66733 Cambridge PSB enters Garelochhead station with the aluminium tanks from North Blyth to Fort William on the afternoon of 29th July 2017. ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2017

This is an island platform station, typical of the West Highland line. The station building was demolished due to subsidence but was of the Swiss chalet style typical of the line. Access is via a subway. The signal box remains in use as a waiting shelter.
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Ardlui Hotel viewed from the west. ...
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37 heading south with PW train early in 1991 at the head of Loch Lomond. ...
Ewan Crawford //1991
A southbound Sprinter at Ardlui. ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
An unknown 37 (with nameplate) heads south with a PW train by the north end of Loch Lomond in 1991.

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Ewan Crawford //1991

This is an island platform station, typical of the West Highland Railway. The station building was removed in the late 1990s/early 2000s after several years of being vacant. This was of the Swiss chalet style typical of the line. Access is via a subway and this also gives access to the hillside to the west. The signal box('B' listed) remains and a new waiting shelter in the style of a signal ...

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On 28th September 2018 Ben Lomond provides an impressive backdrop as 66736 digs into the climb to Glen Douglas after leaving Arrochar and Tarbert with ...
Malcolm Chattwood 28/09/2018
A southbound service departs from Arrochar and Tarbet on 28 May 2007 heading for Glen Douglas and the next station stop at Garelochhead. ...
John McIntyre 28/05/2007
A 66 with the empties on the climb uphill from Arrochar to Glen Douglas above Loch Long. A 37 would be preferable, this sounded like a vacuum cleaning ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2018
In June 1998 the morning Oban service waits to to pass the southbound train at Arrochar. Although into the privatisation era the Regional Railways ...
David Panton /06/1968

This is an island platform station on the West Highland Railway famous for its tearoom. Crianlarich Station Tearoom . The station is in Perthshire.
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Ben More in evening sunshine. What a lovely day! ...
John Yellowlees 25/03/2017
Information board at Crianlarich. See the erroneous claim that before 1965 there were no through trains between Glasgow and Oban! (These started a few ...
John Yellowlees 25/03/2017
This photo was taken on Saturday 25 March, when despite buses replacing trains Crianlarich-Fort William the
John Yellowlees 25/03/2017
156450 under a simply wonderful blue sky at Crianlarich. ...
John Yellowlees 25/03/2017

This is an island platform station in the West Highland Swiss Chalet style. The station building, signal box (out of use, 'B' listed and restored), stationmaster's cottage and railwaymen's cottage survive. Entry to the station is by a subway.
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A service from Mallaig makes its final stop before joining the soft southerners from the Oban branch at Crianlarich. Strangely, there's only a ...
David Panton 31/10/2018
Sprinter rests at Upper Tyndrum. View looks north. ...
Ewan Crawford //1994
It's a stiff hike to Upper Tyndrum (sometime Tyndrum Upper) so you want to
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David Panton 01/11/2017
Upper Tyndrum looking south. ...
Ewan Crawford //1994

This is an island platform station in the West Highland Swiss Chalet style. The disused signal box is 'B' listed. The station master's house and railwaymen's cottage also survive. Entry to the station is by a subway.
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A Sprinter heading south above Loch Tulla. A minute before it was snowing, a minute later it was sunny then the snow flurries started again ... ...
Ewan Crawford 25/04/2017
High above Loch Tulla a four coach Sprinter turns its nose south and heads for Bridge of Orchy. ...
Ewan Crawford 25/04/2017
Waiting for the train at Bridge of Orchy in August 1987. ...
John McIntyre /08/1987
66737 with a load of alumina powder wagons waits in the loop for the 0821 ex Glasgow Queen Street passenger service for Fort William and Mallaig to ...
Colin McDonald 12/04/2017

This small station on the West Highland Railway is only accessible by train, or via a very long private road. In summer the station is a B+B and restaurant Corrour Station House Restaurant . This replaced the former stationmaster's cottage in 1998.
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A new plaque has been unveiled at Corrour on the 19th of March. It commemorates the presentation of an award by the Railway Heritage Trust to Network ...
John Yellowlees 19/03/2018
'Onward Travel Information' and Corrour station facilities poster. In summary: foot or train. ...
John Yellowlees 19/03/2018
A view of Station Lodge at Corrour from the former signal box, now in use as holiday accommodation. ...
John Yellowlees 19/03/2018
K4 No.61994 The Great Marquess is in full cry as it crosses the bridge over the Allt Luib Ruairidh on 23 September during the long climb up ...
John Gray 23/09/2013

This island platform station retains its original building and signal box ('B' listed). Access is by means of a footbridge, not the original footbridge but a replacement (from Corrour) installed in the 1980s after entry was by means of a pedestrian level crossing to the south end of the platform for several years.
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'Brief Encounters on the West Highland Lines', a travelling CRP production. 'Original stageplay and evening meal accessible by train' - Saturday 14th ...
John Yellowlees 19/03/2018
The SRPS Railtours West Highland Centenary Special crossing Rannoch Moor on the approach to Rannoch station on 7 August 1994 hauled by 2005 and ...
John McIntyre 07/08/1994
John Yellowlees, Cllr Mike Williamson (purple tie), Bill Anderson (blue top) of the Rannoch Station Tearoom and Scott (black top) from the Moor of ...
John Yellowlees Collection /11/2016
Rannoch photocall for comfort toilet scheme. In this Perth & Kinross Council photo here are Cllr Mike Williamson (purple tie), John Yellowlees, Jenny ...
John Yellowlees /11/2016

This is a two platform station typical of the northern portion of the West Highland Railway. The main building, on the up (southbound) platform is Swiss Chalet in style. The north side of the building has been modified with the addition of three small wings - two being extensions of gables and the third being wholly new.
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New cycle hoops installed at Tulloch. ...
First ScotRail //2006
Tulloch set in stone(s). ...
John Gray 20/07/2007
Barely light. 37407 at Tulloch on southbound train, awaiting northbound sleeper. ...
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Class 37 hauled passenger train heading north through Tulloch station at night. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This was a two platform station, now reduced to one platform with the loss of the up loop in 1964. The up platform, disused, remains and the site of the station building and goods yard has been built over.
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View from the redundant platform at Roy Bridge on 26 September 2005 following a period of exceptionally heavy rain, looking west towards Fort William. ...
John Furnevel 26/09/2005
Looking west over Roy Bridge station at night ...
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Roy Bridge taken from the disused southbound platform looking west. ...
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61994 The Great Marquess and 37676 Loch Rannoch start the descent into Monessie Gorge east of Roy Bridge with The Cathedrals ...
John Gray 08/05/2011

This is a two platform station with a passing loop. The main station building, altered at the road side, remains standing. There is a disused signal box ('C' listed) dating from 1949. A goods yard siding, now in use for permanent way purposes, remains.
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Spean Bridge station seen from above, just to the south of the station. On the left is the I&FAR building and on the right the WHR building (only the ...
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Mid-morning trains cross at Spean Bridge on 3rd June 2016. ...
David Spaven 03/06/2016
Period platform furniture at Spean Bridge in 1977. The bus service is a reminder of the branch to Fort Augustus, the Invergarry and Fort Augustus ...
Bill Roberton //1977
Spean Bridge's 'new' signal box in 1977 before RETB. ...
Bill Roberton //1977

This is a terminus with an island platform. The station replaced Fort William [1st] when the line was cut back in 1975. The platform is canopied at the buffer end.
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Diamonds are forever!!!! The NBL works plate of 62005, seen in Fort William at the head of the morning Jacobite in May 2016. ...
Gordon Steel 24/05/2016
NELPG chairman, railway photographer and author, looks chuffed to bits as he sets off with the Jacobite on his 72nd birthday (09/08/17).

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Alan Hardie 09/08/2017
Thomson K1 2-6-0 2005 leaving Fort William for Mallaig in October 1987. ...
Gordon Steel 04/10/1987
Photograph of Fort William taken from a Helicopter trip round Ben Nevis, the playing field is where we took off from. ...
Gordon Steel 17/08/1987




Crianlarich to Oban

This is an island platform station on the West Highland Railway famous for its tearoom. Crianlarich Station Tearoom . The station is in Perthshire.
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Ben More in evening sunshine. What a lovely day! ...
John Yellowlees 25/03/2017
Information board at Crianlarich. See the erroneous claim that before 1965 there were no through trains between Glasgow and Oban! (These started a few ...
John Yellowlees 25/03/2017
This photo was taken on Saturday 25 March, when despite buses replacing trains Crianlarich-Fort William the
John Yellowlees 25/03/2017
156450 under a simply wonderful blue sky at Crianlarich. ...
John Yellowlees 25/03/2017

This is a single platform station.
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An Oban service calls at Tyndrum Lower on 1st November 2017. It's running late because of a delayed Up service and will in turn delay the next Up ...
David Panton 01/11/2017
44871 and 45407 top and tail The West Highlander coming out of the sun on 23 September on the gradient between Crianlarich and Tyndrum on the ...
John Gray 23/09/2014
Westbound at Tyndrum Lower. ...
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Photograph taken from the window of an Oban bound train heading west after leaving Tyndrum in the early 1960s. [Ref query 2871] ...
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This is a two platform station. The main station building is on the up platform and is stone-built with a glass canopy over the platform. The signal box ('C' listed) still stands. Station cottages stand nearby.
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Dalmally in 1985. Still with semaphores and something soon to arrive. The box was of a style used latterly on the line, another example being at ...
Bill Roberton 28/09/1985
Dalmally, still with semaphores, in 1985. Something westbound is due. This wonderful building still had a ticket office at this date. Fortunately it ...
Bill Roberton 28/09/1985
The signal box at Dalmally station in April 2005, seen from the westbound platform. ...
John Furnevel 15/04/2005
Icelandic knitters take train to Dalmally! ...
John Yellowlees 14/03/2016

This is a single platform station alongside Loch Awe with a footbridge giving access to a pier over the line. Above is Loch Awe Hotel which may be reached by a staircase up a cliff.
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ScotRail 156500 at Loch Awe station on 1 October 2014. ...
John Yellowlees 01/10/2014
The notorious narrow road bridge west of Loch Awe station, seen from the west with an Oban bound 156 approaching the camera. The view is from 1991, ...
Ewan Crawford //1991
Loch Awe Hotel, perched above Loch Awe station, viewed across - you guessed it - Loch Awe. The former 'tea train', now accommodation, can be seen at ...
Ewan Crawford 10/06/2013
View over Loch Awe Station on a bright and sunny 10 July, looking towards Dalmally. ...
John Gray 10/07/2013

This is a small single platform near the Falls of Cruachan and Cruachan Hydro Electric Scheme visitor's centre.
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Falls of Cruachan station showing part of the legacy of Brian Bentham [see news item]. ...
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The platform at Falls of Cruachan on 13 February 2013. View west towards Oban. ...
John Yellowlees 13/02/2013
Soggy passengers look east at Falls of Cruachan. Note semaphore signal part of Andersons Piano - a rockfall protection system. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Scene at Falls of Cruachan in August 1987, a year before reopening. ...
Ian Dinmore /08/1987

This is a two platform station which retains its 1921 signal box. The signal box was re-located from the west end of the station for use as a waiting room. The main station building was demolished following a fire. There are sidings, now used as a Permanent Way base. ...

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Taynuilt Signal Box in the snow. ...
John Yellowlees 12/01/2017
Platform scene at Taynuilt in 1990. ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
37s crossing at Taynuilt in 1989. The view looks east to Ben Cruachan with the now removed station building behind the locomotives 37403 (Oban bound) ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Taynuilt signal box, April 2005. ...
John Furnevel /04/2005

This is a single platform station with a shelter. At the east end of the station is a goods loop and oil siding (both out of use).
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55260 with the Ballachulish branch train at Connel Ferry in September 1961. ...
David Stewart 09/09/1961
Overview of Connel Ferry station from the east showing the out of use oil siding at the east end of the station. The oil depot remains in use. ...
Ewan Crawford 10/06/2013
Remains of the old loading ramp at Connel Ferry [see image 32319] still there in June 2010 at the time the bridge on the aborted link direct to the ...
Colin Miller 29/06/2010
The first train of the day for Oban, formed by Corkerhill Sprinter 156467, pulls in to a deserted Connel Ferry station, where the track has recently ...
Mark Bartlett 27/03/2009

This is a terminus at a ferry pier on Oban Bay. Oban is a major port for the islands with Caledonian MacBrayne operating services to Mull, Lismore and beyond.
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Calmac Ferry MV Clansman arriving at Oban Pier in May 2016. ...
Gordon Steel 24/05/2016
First ScotRail 156450 stands in the sunshine at Oban shortly after noon on 28 April 2015. The DMU had arrived earlier as the 0820 from Glasgow Queen ...
John Furnevel 28/04/2015
A shot of the 12 11 service to Glasgow Queen Street climbing out of Oban on Sunday 10th September 2017 on the way to Glencruiten. The Sprinter is ...
Brian Smith 09/09/2017
A quiet afternoon at Oban on 20 October 2007 as a Scot Rail Class 156 waits for the return journey back to Glasgow. ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2007




Fort William to Mallaig

This is a terminus with an island platform. The station replaced Fort William [1st] when the line was cut back in 1975. The platform is canopied at the buffer end.
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Diamonds are forever!!!! The NBL works plate of 62005, seen in Fort William at the head of the morning Jacobite in May 2016. ...
Gordon Steel 24/05/2016
NELPG chairman, railway photographer and author, looks chuffed to bits as he sets off with the Jacobite on his 72nd birthday (09/08/17).

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Alan Hardie 09/08/2017
Thomson K1 2-6-0 2005 leaving Fort William for Mallaig in October 1987. ...
Gordon Steel 04/10/1987
Photograph of Fort William taken from a Helicopter trip round Ben Nevis, the playing field is where we took off from. ...
Gordon Steel 17/08/1987

This is a single platform station. At the north end of the platform is Banavie Swing Bridge and the modern signalling centre, built in the style of a signal box. Unfortunately the West Highland extension style station building has been demolished.
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The plaque on Banavie Signalling Centre, celebrating its opening in 1988. ...
John Yellowlees 02/04/2017
Banavie signal box, later replaced by an RETB control centre built in sympathetic style. ...
Bill Roberton //1985
Black 5 Alderman A.E Draper 5305 crossing Banavie swing bridge on its way to Mallaig in August 1987. Thirty years later this loco is still on the main ...
Gordon Steel 16/08/1987
Heritage Railway Association visit to Banavie: view towards Fort William and Ben Nevis with the signalling centre to the left and swing bridge behind ...
John Yellowlees 02/04/2017

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of The Glasgow Highlanders being
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John Gray 01/04/2018
K1 No.62005 races away from Corpach with The Jacobite on a sunny
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John Gray 21/10/2016
Extreme Railway Photography.In the hope of getting a reflection shot, three photographers stand in the cold waters of Loch Linnhe, at Corpach, ...
John Gray 21/10/2016
Corpach station viewed from the west. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is a relatively modern station with a short platform built to serve the nearby Outward Bound Centre, just to the north.
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Photograph taken with a 200mm zoom lens of Black 5 44871 on the afternoon Jacobite from opposite side of Loch Eil. ...
Gordon Steel 05/07/2012
156445 and 156492 form the 08.21 from Glasgow Queen Street to Mallaig approaching Locheil Outward Bound. ...
Bill Roberton 19/10/2017
156445 and 156492 form the 08.21 from Glasgow Queen Street leaving Loch Eil Outward Bound for Mallaig on 19th October 2017. ...
Bill Roberton 19/10/2017
Black 5 No.45407 makes a slow approach to the station at Loch Eil
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John Gray 02/08/2016

This is a single platform station. It originally had a typical Mallaig extension building, but this has been lost. There is a shelter. The platform is on the north side of the line with Loch Eil just across the track. ...

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Black 5 45407, running as 45157 The Glasgow Highlander, hurries the morning Jacobite service through Locheilside on its way to the ...
Mark Bartlett 02/08/2018
The wayside platform at Lochielside, midway between Fort William and Glenfinnan. View east on 27 September 2005, with Loch Eil itself off picture to ...
John Furnevel 27/09/2005
Locheilside station viewed from the west. ...
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Gauges in the guards van on the Jacobite. ...
Ewan Crawford 28/05/2006

Glenfinnan is one of the great railway destinations in Scotland. The station itself is superbly preserved and has a museum, to the east is the world famous 21 arch Glenfinnan Viaduct (both famous in its own right and through the Harry Potter books and films) and to the south east is where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the start of the second Jacobite uprising, celebrated with ...

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Climbing away from Glenfinnan, a little to the west. ...
Bill Roberton 19/10/2017
Climbing away from Glenfinnan, a little to the west. ...
Bill Roberton 19/10/2017
Climbing away from Glenfinnan, a little to the west. This was the K1's last run to Mallaig of the season. ...
Bill Roberton 19/10/2017
Drivers view at Glenfinnan looking to Mallaig. ...
Alan Hardie 08/08/2017

This is a single platform station. It was a two platform station similar to both [[Glenfinnan] and Arisaig.
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Under an angry looking sky,Black 5 No.45212 hauls the afternoon Jacobite
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John Gray 05/08/2017
K1 No.62005 has the steam heating on and the steam sanders working as
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John Gray 20/10/2016
Under a blazing sun the Jacobite rounds the west end of Loch Eilt not far east of Lochailort station. ...
Ewan Crawford 02/05/2017
45157 The Glasgow Highlander climbs out of Lochailort towards
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John Gray 01/04/2018

This is a single platform station. The building adjoining the station is a railwayman's house, in a style typical of such buildings on the line. There is a timber waiting room on the platform.
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K1 No.62005 is going well as it approaches the summit at Beasdale with *The
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John Gray 21/10/2016
Suitably decorated Black 5 No.45407 hauling The Jacobite Christmas Express up the gradient at Polnish on 30 December 2016 heading for Mallaig. ...
John Gray 30/12/2016
Beasdale station viewed from the west. ...
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Crossing Beasdale Burn (looking East) ...
Paul D Kerr 04/09/2006

This is a two platform station with a passing loop. The original station buildings still stand, the larger on the down (Mallaig bound) platform. The signal box ('B listed) still stands at the Fort William end of the station. There is a goods siding, now in use for permanent way, access from the down loop by reversal. There is no footbridge, crossing between the platforms is by barrow ...

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Mallaig-bound Jacobite crosses a ScotRail service at Arisaig on 3rd June 2016. ...
David Spaven 03/06/2016
The abandoned box at Arisaig in September 2005, looking east from the Fort William platform. ...
John Furnevel 27/09/2005
On the penultimate day of the 2015 Jacobite steam service, K1 2-6-0 62005 makes a spirited start away from Arisaig heading for Mallaig. Arisaig is the ...
John Gray 23/10/2015
44767 George Sephenson stops at Arisaig on its way to Mallaig in the summer of 1994. ...
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This is a single platform station which retains its station building. To the immediate south is a level crossing.
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45212 heads away from Morar tender first with the evening Jacobite returning to Fort William. The train is approaching the viaduct over the River ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018
Afternoon train from Mallaig drops down towards Loch Morar shortly after leaving Morar station in September 2005. ...
John Furnevel /09/2005
Black 5 45212 leaves Morar heading for Arisaig with the evening Jacobite service from Mallaig to Fort William on 1st August 2018. This view ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018
The 1815hrs from Mallaig leaves Morar on 1st August 2018 heading for Fort William. Tree growth in the area prevented a direct Then and Now ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018

This is a two faces island platform terminus on the western seaboard of Scotland. Nearby is the Caledonian MacBrayne pier for Armadale Pier in Skye. The terminus is reduced from its earlier canopied form.
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Class 47 47237, at the head of the Royal Scotsman in Mallaig on 31st August 2012. At that time West Coast Railways had the contract and an ...
Gordon Steel 31/08/2012
37191, newly named International Youth Year 1985, waits at Mallaig after arrival from Glasgow Queen Street/Fort William. Complete with ...
Michael Green 26/05/1985
45407 climbs out of Mallaig with 'The Jacobite' viewed from the CalMac ferry 'Loch Fyne'. ...
Ewan Crawford 16/06/2017
Panoramic view of Mallaig with sprinter and Jacobite. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/05/2017