Fort William Rail Trail

August 19, 2019 by Nick Jones - No Comments

The museum web site is hosting a self-guided walking trail around the old railway sites of Fort William.

The West Highland Railway opened between Craigendoran (near Helensburgh) and Fort William on the 7th August 1894 and the grand opening ceremony was held the following Saturday (the 11th). The original station was on the waterfront adjacent to the Town Pier but this station, along with the line to it, was removed in 1975 to make way for the A82 dual carriageway.

The new walking trail is being launched to commemorate the 125th anniversary. This 2.5km walk follows the route of the original railway. There are 19 stops, each with a historic photograph. Modern images help you match the past scene with the present day. The trail has been developed by local railway history enthusiast Nick Jones.

The trail guide can be downloaded in pdf form from www.fortwilliamrailtrail.co.uk. Either print it out or just view the pdf on your phone as you follow the trail.