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Trip and talk on West Highland Line

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THE CHAIRMAN of Helensburgh Heritage Trust and one of its directors will be the speakers on a special West Highland Railway Line excursion in September.

The Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are organising the trip as part of their programme of events ‘Celebrating Park People and Stories'.

The train will leave Helensburgh Upper on Wednesday September 11 at 9.05am for Crianlarich and on to Loch Awe, where the party will adjourn to the nearby hotel for an illustrated talk about the line, its construction and operation, and the people who have been involved from its first inception through to the characters who have helped to create the communities it has given rise to.

Trust chairman Stewart Noble and local historian Alistair McIntyre, who was brought up in a railway cottage beside the line at Whistlefield, will give a presentation. This will be followed by lunch and the return to journey to Helensburgh, arriving at 3.15pm.

Anne Urquhart of the Friends said: “We have made the destination Loch Awe so that we have an attractive and reasonable length journey, but also so that those who have an Argyll and Bute concessionary bus pass will be able to use it to this Argyll and Bute destination.”

Tickets cost £25 for train and lunch, but just £10 for those Argyll and Bute residents who have a concessionary pass.

Anyone wishing to take part must book in advance by phoning Sandra Dyson of the Friends on 01436-677733, or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 May 2013 16:01 )  

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