Fort William Rail Trail – Places to Visit and Further Reading

If you are interested in knowing more about the railway and local history in general, this page will give you some ideas!

Places To Visit

The following local museums and archives hold a wealth of historical information:


The following books cover the railways in the area:

  • The West Highland Railway – Railways of the Scottish Highlands     John Thomas
  • West Highland Line – Great Railway Journeys Through Time     John McGregor
  • The New Railway – The Earliest Years of the West Highland Line     John McGregor
  • The West Highland Railway – 120 Years     John McGregor
  • The West Highland Railway Plans, Politics and People     John McGregor
  • Fort William – Scenes and Cuttings from Old Postcards and Guide Books     Alistair Ness   (Available from The Granite House in Fort William High St)
  • The West Highland Lines – Post Beeching     Gordon D Webster
  • Iron Roads to the Isles     Michael Pearson

A wide selection of these and other books are available locally at

Other Useful Website

The following sites also provide a great deal of useful information about the West Highland Railway and its history: