Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The old Appin railway to be revived!

Up the hill, behind our cottage is an old railway cutting. It was famous in its day for being one of the most beautiful railway lines ever built and it ran between Ballachulish and Oban. All down the side of Loch Linnhe, around Castle Stalker and through Barcaldine, can you imagine the beauty of this route? Our neighbour, Jessie's boy used to catch it to school and back, and the driver would slow down to let him sling his bags into the garden as he passed.It was far more renowned in its day that the present Fort William - Mallaig run.

Built in 1903, there was an outcry in 1966 when it was closed as part of Dr Beeching's railway cost savings. Gradually, the line was grown over, the Kentallen Station was turned into the Holly Tree Hotel and other stations used as houses. Now the old station at Creagan Bridge has been restored, and they plan to use much of the track bed as part of the proposed West Coast Cycle Route.

Hurrah, we say! John Winkler

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