This shot was taken from the Jacobite Steam train as it crossed the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Nikon D60 = f/7.1, 1/200sec, ISO-100, FL – 18mm
2009 is the 26th year of the return of steam trains to Mallaig. From the start in 1984 when British Rail reintroduced steam to the line it was known as ‘The West Highlander’ which later became ‘The Lochaber’. West Coast Railways took over the running of this service in 1995 and gave it the much loved title ‘The Jacobite’. It continues to be an essential part of every West Highland holiday.
It is regarded as one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World and was voted Top Railway Journey in the World 2009 by Wanderlust Magazine, due mainly to the stunning scenery through which you will be travelling. The 84 mile round trip will take you past Britain’s highest mountain, deepest loch, shortest river and most westerly station. Quite a journey indeed!
The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan after crossing the world famous 21 arch concrete viaduct, (as featured in the Harry Potter films) with its stunning views down Loch Shiel and over the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard in 1745.