From Glasgow By Train

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Duration: 35 minutes

Music and worship. Sally Magnusson enjoys one of Scotland's most spectacular railway journeys, visiting Oban, Fort William and Mallaig, and introduces popular hymns from Glasgow's St Mary's Cathedral.

Music Played

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty

    Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty Songs of Praise Signature Tune

    Composer: Robert Prizeman

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation with Connaught Brass

    St Mary’s Congregation with Connaught Brass How Great Thou Art

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Music: Stuart K. Hine Words: Stuart K. Hine Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright Source - CH 4 154, Canterbury Press

  • Image for Glasgow University Chapel Choir

    Glasgow University Chapel Choir Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

    Conductor: Christopher Hann Tune: Picardy Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams Words: Gerard Moultrie Source - The English Hymnal, Oxford University Press

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation

    St Mary’s Congregation Christ Be Our Light

    Conductor: Rev. John Bell Words And Music: Bernadette Farrell Arranger: Kevin Macrae Source - OCP Publications

  • Image for Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral

    Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral Let All the World

    Conductor: Frikki Walker Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams Source - Stainer and Bell

  • Image for Emily Smith and band

    Emily Smith and band Glory Bound

    Written by Ruth Moody

  • Image for Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral

    Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral A Prayer for Peace

    Conductor: Frikki Walker Words: St Francis of Assisi Composer: Frikki Walker currently published

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation with Connaught Brass

    St Mary’s Congregation with Connaught Brass Glory Be to God the Father

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Tune: Regent Square Music: Henry Thomas Stuart Words: Horatius N. Bonar Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright Source - CH4 110, Canterbury Press

  • Factsheet for Sunday 15th August

    Presented by Sally Magnusson from Glasgow


    Doug Carmichael

    Doug is chairman of the Friends of the West Highland Lines, a group that aims to promote development of the line, lobbying for better trains and improved services. He lives in Oban. Because of the derailed train that blocked both the line and the road to Oban during our recording, Doug was filmed in Taynuilt station.

    Friends of the West Highland Lines
  • Louise Lee

    Louise is a journalist with the Oban Times, which serves the communities of the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland from Argyll to Lochaber. She was filmed outside Oban station, and alongside Oban harbour.

    Oban Times
  • Paul Shone

    Paul is Superintendent of the Fishermen’s Mission in Mallaig. Thirty centres around the UK’s coast provide pastoral care, food and facilities like showers, internet access and overnight accommodation for fishermen who have docked in harbours a long way from home. The Missions are also a focal point for fishermen and retired fishermen living in the area.

    Fishermen's Mission

    Corrour is the highest station in Britain, located on the edge of Rannoch Moor and accessible only by train or rough track. It was built to serve Corrour Estate and its owners, who were investors in the railway. Today however, it is principally used by tourists and walkers. One mile away, beside Loch Ossian, the former boathouse has served as a Youth Hostel since the 1930s.

    Loch Ossian Hostel
  • Corrour Station House Hostel

    The station hostel, also run by Scottish Youth Hostels Association, where Sally stayed, is much more recent.

    Corrour Station House Hostel
  • Fort William

    was the original railhead for the West Highland Line, completed in 1894. The town was, as its name suggests, originally a settlement next to a fort garrison built by Cromwell, and was subsequently used to house troops controlling the Highlands after the Jacobite uprising in the 18th Century. It is the largest town in the West Highlands, and an important sporting centre. Some of its inhabitants work in the aluminium smelter, which is dependent on the West Highland line for transport of raw materials.

    The line west to Mallaig was completed in 1901, and is notable for its viaducts built of concrete, a material not yet in use when the earlier parts of the line were built. The most famous of these is the Glenfinnan Viaduct overlooking Loch Sheil. 416 yards long, its tallest arch is 100 feet above ground, and cost nineteen thousand pounds to build. It featured in the second Harry Potter film.

    The railway west of Fort William was built so fishermen could have their catches transported south. Roshven was initially intended as the terminus for the line, but after permission was refused by the landowner, Mallaig became the railhead. As well as fishing boats, the harbour serves ferries that sail to Skye and to Rhum, Eigg, Muck and Canna.
    The West Highland Lines are operated by First ScotRail, see link below:

    First ScotRail


Sally Magnusson
David Strachan
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra


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