Scotland to get a new railway?

I’ve always thought of the Mull & West Highland Railway to be more narrow gauge than “miniature” despite it’s 10.25″ gauge.  The M&WHR, or Mull Rail as it has more affectionately become known, runs from Torosay Castle to Craignure.  Sadly the ownership of Torosay castle, which includes a large proportion of the trackbed, has changed hands recently.  Mull Rail has been given one year from October to remove all its assets from the site.

'Victoria' being turned at Craignure. Image © Alasdair MacCaluim.

The news of the closure was announced last year, and since then it’s been rather quiet, but announcement in the railway press, and on this website, have revealed that talks have been taking place for 3 months to relocate the line and it’s stock to Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond.  The route is planned to run from the main line station in the village of Balloch, via the pier to the Loch Lomond tourist and retail outlet.

This is all part of an injection of £3.5m given to the area to improve tourism.  The local council is very pro the scheme as it will offer tourists visiting the retail and tourist centre more to do.  It will be nice to see Lady of the Isles and Victoria, along with the rest of the stock, have a new lease of life.

When more news is available I will report it here.  For now I’ve logged the scheme as one of the proposed lines and will update the relevant page when more information is available, and hopefully at some point be able to move it to the ‘constructed lines’ section of the site.

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