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The Friends of the Far North Line
Cairdean Na Loine Tuath
the campaign group for rail north of Inverness - lobbying for improved services for the local user, tourist and freight operator

Scottish Highlands Rail Festival 2000

An Autumn of Steam in The Highlands: 22 September - 2 October

A fine programme of days out and steam-hauled railtours is on offer this autumn, comprising:

Friday 22 September Fort William to Mallaig and return
Saturday 23 September Fort William to Oban
Sunday 24 September Shuttle: Oban to Taynuilt to Oban; Oban to Stirling
Monday 25 September study tour; Callander and Oban Line; trip on SS Sir Walter Scott
Tuesday 26 September 2 shuttles: Stirling to Perth and return, and evening lecture
Wednesday 27 September study tour: Stirling/Perth area railways, evening lecture
Thursday 28 September Stirling to Perth, Aviemore, Inverness
Friday 29 September study tour: visits to Strathspey Railway and Keith & Dufftown evening film show at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Saturday 30 September Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and return; opening of Kyle Station Museum; ScotRail expo.

The new Turbostar and the Tain Commuter service

Sunday 1 October Inverness to Aberdeen and return with short break at Keith.

Monday 2 October Inverness to Aviemore, Perth, Stirling.

For those wanting to enter fully into the spirit of the Festival a participation pack is available; this costs £50, but repays itself in providing not only full details of all activities, but offers railtour discounts and local incentives, including 30% off ScotRail Highland Rover and fares on connecting service trains - this discount is only available to Participation Pack holders.

For details, fares, bookings or Participation Pack, contact:

Highland Railway Heritage at Glenfinnan Station Museum, PH37 4LT; 01397 7222295

I would strongly urge members to join at least one of these trips, preferably more than one!, as they offer fine value and a really good day out.

They draw passengers from all over Scotland - indeed from not only far south of the border but also from overseas - but as yet only a very few from our area. This is a matter for regret. Opportunities of a golden sort are being lost! The Friends of the Far North Line is a founder member of Highland Railway Heritage, which several of us were instrumental in establishing, and we ought to be seen to play our part. Please help to restore a better balance.

Treat yourself to a memorable day out. You won't regret it.

Keith Tyler