The West Highland Railway is one of Scotland's best-loved railway routes, traversing some of Britain's wildest country from Glasgow and the Clyde past Glencoe and over the Moor of Rannoch to Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe and on to Mallaig. John Thomas's book is an important part of any enthusiast's book collection and the standard history of the line; his fascinating account combines solid history with rich anecdotal detail. P.J.G. Ransom updated this acknowledged classic with a chapter on the railway's more recent history to 1998.
West Highland existed as a separate company for only nineteen
years, including the five years it took to build. It never had
a general manager or a locomotive superintendent, yet the West
Highland had, and still has, an atmosphere all of its own. Despite
amalgamations and nationalisation, the West Highland remains unique
- there is nothing quite like it in Britain. This book is for
arm-chair reading and for reference, and to bring with you upon
this magnificent line.
The History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands comprises five independent volumes, of which this is one. Originally conceived and published by the genius of publishers David & Charles, the series is now cherished and maintained in Scotland by House of Lochar, Isle of Colonsay.
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of the Scottish Highlands Series
five books which follow tell the unique stories of the railways
that penetrated some of Europe's most difficult terrain and opened
up scenery as dramatic as may be seen from any train, anywhere.
Remarkably, at least part of all five systems are still in use
today, some carrying heavier seasonal passenger traffic than ever
before. All these books include colour as well as numerous black
and white illustrations, whilst appendices list all major facts
like openings and closures of sections and stations.
volumes in this series include:
VOL I - "The West Highland Railway"
II - "The Highland Railway"
VOL III - "The Great
North of Scotland Railway"
VOL IV - "The Callander
& Oban Railway"
- "The Skye Railway"