25. A Brilliant Glasgow - Fort William - Mallaig Railway Trip
A pictorial study of the West Highland Line
The weather wasn't brilliant but the scenery was still\outstanding. This picture sequence is based on taking photographs, mainly through the SCOTRAIL carriage windows and is an honest record of the trip from Glasgow to Fort William and on to the final destination of Mallaig and the return trip. Therefore the final picture arrangement is based on both trips but sequenced from Glasgow to fort William and Mallaig. It must surely be one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world and I hope you enjoy my humble photographic record, and despite the lack of sunshine a lot of the time, the general visibility was good so could still enjoy much of the scenery.
Glasgow Queen Street to Dalmuir Station
The Forth and Clyde Canal
Dalmuir to Dumbarton Central Station
First sight of the River Clyde estuary
Dumbarton Central to Helensburgh Upper Station
Crossing the River Clyde? just after Dumbarton Central Station.
Helensburgh Upper to Garelochhead Station
The Clyde and the start of Loch Gare on the right, and looking across to Greenock
just before Garelochhead
First real sight of the Highland Hills - the coral Hills
Garelochhead to Arrochar & Tarbet Station
Away to the distant right is Loch Goil and Loch Long in thr right foreground
The end of Loch Long just before Arrochar
Arrochar & Tarbet to Ardlui Station
Arrochar and Tarbut Station as a steam train special on the West Highland Line pulls out hauled by Stanier Black Five 44871 ? (double heading with 61994).
Ardlui to Crianlarich Station
Ardlui Station as the hills are starting to get higher
Crianlarich to Upper Tyndrum Station
Lovely distant views of the 'real Highlands' soon after Crianlarich and before Upper Tyndrum
Upper Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy Station
The fine views from Upper Tyndrum Station buildings
Leaving Upper Tyndrum
North of Upper Tyndrum and the scenery really begins to get dramatic!
Ben Dorain 1074 m
One of the railway viaducts on the line
Bridge of Orchy to Rannoch Station
Bridge of Orchy Station and a passionate embrace just as I'd stepped off the train to take a photograph!
~2.46 pm on the platform of Bridge of Orchy Station on Tuesday May 10th 2011 on the 12.21 pm train from Glasgow Queen Street.
If you recognise, tell them I'm happy to send them a copy!
Scene from Bridge of Orchy Station
Just north of the Bridge of Orchy and Loch Tulla
The northern end of Loch Tulla
Stob Ghabhar? range of hills and mountains
Looking south south-west before Rannoch
Dramatic scene looking west before Rannoch
The wild landscape of Rannoch Moor
Rannoch to Corrour Station
The railway viaduct just north of Rannoch
Looking west towards the Ben Nevis range of mountains
Looking east approaching Corrour
Corrour to Tulloch Station
Corrour Station - wild spot with nothing else but the station and a house?
Tulloch to Roy Bridge Station
One of the many attractive gushing rivers you pass on this Highland run.
Roy Bridge to Spean Bridge Station
Roy Bridge Station and crossing the River ? soon after Roy Bridge
Spean Bridge to Fort William Station
Spean Bridge Station. Rio Tinto Alcan freight train
Hydroelectric pipes carrying water near Fort William
Fort William to Banavie Station
Fort William Station
Soon after leaving Fort William, crossing the River ? from Loch Lochy
Banavie to Corpach Station
Banavie Station near the River ? Bridge
Neptunes Gates? lock system on the Caledonian Canal
Corpach to Loch Eil OB
Corpach Station and Corpach Basin the water?
Loch Eil OB to Locheilside and Glenfinnan Stations
Loch Eil Station for the Outward Bound Centre on the banks of Loch Eil
The Moidart range of hills and mountains
You can just see the Glenfinnan Memorial standing tall on the left near the waterside.
The last of Loch Shiel
Glenfinnan to Lochailort
Glenfinnan Station and plenty of rain to fill the bubbling streams!
The start of Loch Ilt
the A830? 'Road to the Isles' ?
Lochailort to Beasdale and Arisaig Stations
Moidart range again?
first sight of the sea!
Arisaig to Morar
Morar to Mallaig Station
Coming into Mallaig and the outline of the island of Skye in the distance
Mallaig Station Jaffy's Fish and Chips in the old station buildings
GLASGOW INDEX: Glasgow (1) Some buildings and Streets * Glasgow (2) The Peoples Palace Social History Museum * Glasgow (3) The Winter Gardens, Templeton's Carpet factory building & Doulton Fountain * Glasgow (4a) Glasgow Cathedral - building and architecture * Glasgow (4b) Glasgow Cathedral - stained glass windows * Glasgow (4c) The Necropolis * Glasgow (5) St George's Square * Glasgow (6) Glasgow School of Art - Rennie Mackintosh * Glasgow (7) The Willow Tea Room - Rennie Mackintosh * Glasgow (8) University of Glasgow and Chapel * Glasgow (9) The Hunterian Art Gallery * Glasgow (10) Queen Street Station & Central Station * Glasgow (11) SYHA Glasgow (Scottish Youth Hostel) * Glasgow (12) Kelvingrove Park * Glasgow (13) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum * Glasgow (14) River Clyde, Bridges and Science Centre
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