The West Highlander

First transmitted in 1988, this documentary follows the daily journey to Mallaig on the West Highland Line. Since the 1980s, the line has been served by a restored K1 steam train provided and maintained by a group of steam enthusiasts. The train driver, Callum MacRaild, describes his working day as the journey progresses through some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.

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30 minutes

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Sun 18 Jul 1993 23:00

BBC Four Steam Railways Collection

BBC Four Steam Railways Collection
This programme is part of a collection of programmes celebrating Britain’s extraordinary Steam Railway legacy.

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The West Highland Line was voted the top rail journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine 'Wanderlust' in 2009. Glenfinnan is famous for its 21-arch concrete viaduct, built by Robert McAlpine (known as Concrete Bob) and completed in 1901.

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Role Contributor
NarratorAnthony Smith
ParticipantCallum Macraild
PhotographerNick Lera
Sound EngineerBob Webber
ProducerAndrew Johnston

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