Lines of the West Highlands (Key)

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The lines to the West Highlands start their journey in the heart of Central Scotland and were built to link up with ports on the far West Coast. Built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as handling passenger traffic, they were able to transport mail, livestock and fish to Scotland’s industrial heartland and were a valuable link to Scotland’s island communities.

Holiday traffic was also a welcome source of revenue, even from their very beginnings. Large parts of the lines run through sparsely populated areas and the companies building them often struggled to raise the money for their construction. Nowadays, very little freight is carried. However, the lines are very much used as part of the tourist industry, an industry that the West Highlands and Islands rely heavily on and the magnificent scenery surrounding them makes it easy to understand their appeal.

There is even a regular steam train service between Fort William and Mallaig on a line that received a lot of welcome publicity from the Harry Potter films. With over 175 stunning photographs, this book will take you from Glasgow to Oban and Fort William and along the ‘Road to the Isles’ to Mallaig. Captions accompany each photograph and a short introduction to the West Highland lines is also provided. 96 pages.

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