The Jacobite

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The Jacobite crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct © Daniel Kraft/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Jacobite crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct © Daniel Kraft/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Jacobite is a steam locomotive-hauled tourist train service that operates over part of the West Highland 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 route.

The Mallaig Extension of the West Highland Line 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 Regular steam services over the West Highland Line were withdrawn in 1967, in line with the British Rail Modernisation Plan which outlined the replacement of all steam locomotives with more efficient and reliable diesel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, ScotRail 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 successful and continued in 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 West Coast Railways (WCR), 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). The future of The Jacobite was thrown into doubt in 2015 by the complete suspension of West Coast Railways’ train operating company licence. The ban was lifted on 8 May 2015, allowing the service to resume. West Coast Railway were banned again between February and March 2016.

© flickr.com - calflier001/cc-by-sa-2.0 Fort William station © Smiley.toerist/cc-by-sa-4.0 The Jacobite at Mallaig © flickr.com - Reading Tom/cc-by-2.0 The Jacobite crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct © Daniel Kraft/cc-by-sa-3.0 The Jacobite crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct © Daniel Kraft/cc-by-sa-3.0 The Jacobite crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct © flickr.com - 96tommy/cc-by-2.0
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The Jacobite crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct © flickr.com - 96tommy/cc-by-2.0
The Jacobite runs a distance of 41 miles between Fort William and Mallaig, passing through an area of great scenic beauty including alongside Loch Eil, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Arisaig. Trains cross with regular service trains at Glenfinnan station.

The route is also the same shown in the Harry Potter films. The company running The Jacobite provided Warner Brothers with the train used as the Hogwarts Express in all of the movies and allowed them use of the route of The Jacobite for filming. The locomotive used to pull the Hogwarts Express in the films, the GWR 4900 Class 5972 Olton Hall, is presently located at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and can be seen during studio tours.

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