Steam trains and Scottish highland scenery make a powerful combination, but is an experience that virtually disappeared fifty years ago. From the early 1980s though, as the railway preservation movement went from strength to strength, the return of steam traction to the Highlands proved to be one of the movement’s most elusive goals. After the first tentative steps with the occasional steam train over the Highland main line though, steam returned with a vengeance in 1984, to the West Highland line to Mallaig on almost a daily basis.
Packed with evocative colour images, this book shows the full story of the steam revival on every surviving route in the Highlands, from the Strathspey Railway, through the regular ‘West Highlander’ and ‘Jacobite’ trains to Mallaig, to the one-off specials to Oban, Kyle of Lochalsh and the Far North, and including the multi-day, multiengine land cruises of recent years.
With the accent on sunshine, scenery and steam, this is a comprehensive tribute to the men and machines w