Glen­finnan land­fire dis­rupts train ser­vice for hours

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

PAS­SEN­GERS trav­el­ling by train be­tween Mal­laig and Glas­gow last Fri­day faced ma­jor dis­rup­tion fol­low­ing land fires.

The blaze broke out around 11am on May 12 and spread across 50 acres be­tween Glen­finnan and Lochluichart.

Ser­vices on this sec­tion of the West Highland Line were can­celled while fire­fight­ers at­tended the scene and re­place­ment bus ser­vices were run­ning from Mal­laig to Fort Wil­liam.

Emer­gency ser­vices have been busy in re­cent weeks as dry and windy weather have caused sev­eral sim­i­lar in­ci­dents around Lochaber.

Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vices have asked peo­ple to be ex­tra vig­i­lant when camp­ing out­doors and there have been calls from lo­cals to not light fires in these con­di­tions.

Early re­ports sug­gested Fri­day’s fire could have ig­nited by a spark from the steam train.

The line re- opened around 5pm on Fri­day evening.

Pho­to­graph: An­thony MacMil­lan Pho­tog­ra­phy. Train ser­vices be­tween Glas­gow Queen Street and Mal­laig were af­fected by a fire on Fri­day.

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