Monday, June 07, 2010

Rail crash near Oban diverts all the traffic from Glasgow via Glencoe and Appin

This photo comes from STV, click on the headline for a link to the full story.

Luckily no one was injured, but a nasty sounding rail crash and fire near Dalmally could have been a true disaster.

STV reported earlier to-day the derailment of a train at Cruachan Power station. This is about 10 miles from Oban just past Dalmally. The train was travelling from Glasgow to Oban when it hit a boulder on the line last night. no one knows yet how the boulder came to be on the line.
Those onboard had a lucky escape after it burst into flames near the Falls of Cruachan Power Station, by Loch Awe in Argyll just before 9pm.
The train came to rest balancing over the A85 – the main road between Glasgow and Oban – and both road and rail routes are likely to be closed for up to three days.
It will mean a 60 miles detour for cars and lorries, via Glencoe, then near our cottage in Kentallen, through Duror, near Port Appin, then Benderloch. That is 90 minutes on the normal journey by my reckoning.

Here are our cottage link for tourists.
20 brilliant walks around our cottage area
Easy hill walks in Glencoe
Why not walk up Ben Nevis one day?
Easier Munroe walks in Glencoe
Rock and Ice climbing in Glencoe
Cycling and fishing Glencoe
Spectacular wild life around our cottage
Golf in the Highlands, Dragons tooth golf course, Glencoe
Cruising the islands, using Glencoe as a base
Safe, beautiful beaches and bays in Glencoe area
Touring the Highlands by car from Glencoe,
Spring breaks, March April May Glencoe
Winter breaks, Jan Feb March in the cottage
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1 comment:

Colombo Flights said...

Hi John,
It was an escape for all the passengers on the train. Jesus saved us from the big trouble really. :)

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