Thursday, October 28, 2010

Harry Potter Movie Train is the the Jacobite


The Jacobite Steam Train is run by West Coast Railways, a company based in England that runs a few other railway lines. They have only been operating the Jacobite since 1995, but it is now their most successful line, thanks to the popularity of the Harry Potter films.

The journey goes through some of Scotland’s most splendid scenery. Starting in Fort William, it travels along the shores of Loch Eil, stops for half an hour at Glenfinnan and continues to Mallaig, where there is a ferry service to the Isle of Skye.

The highlight of the journey is when the train crosses the Glenfinnan viaduct, where passengers get a stunning view towards the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel.

If you miss the train, or if it is full, then the A830 road from Fort William to Mallaig drives very close to the railway line, and there are several small bridges that you can stand on whilst the train passes below you. The train only does about 50mph so it’s easy to keep pace with its route.

For a great photo, be at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre at 11.20 am or 3.00 pm when the train crosses the viaduct: a “magic” sight for Harry Potter fans.

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