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The Jacobite acrosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct

The Jacobite

Der The Jacobite (auch als Jacobite Steam Train bezeichnet) ist ein dampfbetriebener Museumszug in Schottland, der von Fort Williamnach Mallaig auf einem Teilabschnitt der West Highland Line verkehrt. Benannt ist der Zug nach den Jakobiten, deren letzter Aufstand gegen die britische Krone in Glenfinnan, einem Ort an der vom Zug befahrenen Strecke, begann. Betreiber des Zuges ist die Gesellschaft West Coast Railway Company, die in Großbritannien auf verschiedenen Strecken dampfgeführte Charterzüge betreibt.

Nach dem regulären Ende des Dampfbetriebs auf der West Highland Line Anfang der 1960er Jahre bot British Rail erstmals wieder im Sommer 1984 einen dampfbespannten Zug auf der Strecke von Fort William nach Mallaig an. Der Zug erhielt den Namen „The West Highlander“ und wurde von den Fahrgästen sehr gut angenommen. Einige Jahre später erhielt der Zug den Namen „The Lochaber“, nach der Region Lochaber rund um Fort William. Mit der Privatisierung von British Rail infolge des Railways Act 1993 wurde auch der Dampfbetrieb auf der West Highland Line privatisiert. West Coast übernahm den Zug 1995 und gab ihm den heutigen Namen. Seit 2011 wird zusätzlich an Werktagen ein zweites Zugpaar angeboten, das am Nachmittag in Fort William beginnt und am Abend von Mallaig zurück fährt.

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The Jacobite is a steam locomotive-hauled tourist train service that operates over part of the West Highland Railway Line in Scotland. It has been operating under various names and with different operators every summer since 1984. It has played an important role in sustaining a scenic but otherwise remote and unprofitable route.

The Mallaig Extension of the West Highland Railway opened in 1901 and was operated by the North British Railway. It was intended to help open up this rural and remote part of the Scottish Atlantic coast, and the building of the line was heavily subsidised by the British Government. It became part of the London and North Eastern Railway at the Grouping in 1923, and British Railways at Nationalisation in 1948.

Regular steam services over the West Highland Line were withdrawn in 1967, in line with the British Rail Modernisation Plan which outlined the replacement of all steam locomotives with more efficient and reliable diesel locomotives.

In 1984, British Rail re-introduced a steam-hauled service over part of the line, in an effort to encourage tourism and boost income on the heavily subsidised line. Called the “West Highlander”, it proved so successful that it was continued for subsequent years. It was later renamed “The Lochaber”.

In 1995 following the privatisation of British Rail, the operating licence for the West Highlander trains was granted to the West Coast Railway Company, and they began operating the service that summer under the new name of “The Jacobite” (after the historic Jacobite political movement which has many local connections).
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2 comments on “The Jacobite acrosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct

  1. mystofthehighlands
    21. June 2015

    beautfiul work

    Liked by 1 person

  2. scotlandforever1314
    9. August 2015

    looks great

    Like

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