Services Suspended on Isle of Mull Railway

Services on Scotland’s popular narrow gauge Isle of Mull Railway have been suspended due to fears over its future.

Isle of Mull Railway
Lady of the Isles, a 2-6-4T built in 1981 and used on the Suffolk Miniature Railway before entering service on the Isle of Mull Railway (Photo: Andrew McIntosh)

The 10¼” gauge line runs 1¼ miles from the ferry terminal at Craignure to Torosay Castle which has been closed to the public pending a possible sale.

Closure of both the castle and railway is expected to affect local traders, hotels and ferry services on the island. The Mull and West Highland Narrow Gauge Railway Company announced the suspension “with some regret”.

In a statement, it said: “Despite the extension of the company’s lease by two years, future operations have been frustrated by the proposed sale of the Torosay Castle Estate.

“The closure of the castle to the public negates the purpose of the line in carrying passengers and complicates the implementation of any meaningful timetable for 2011.

“Hopes of an early sale of the castle to an enthusiastic party who wished the railway to remain have, the board understands, not been successful.

“The directors are now pressing ahead with investigation of sale or possible alternative sites for their equipment.”

The Isle of Mull Railway, which opened in 1981, operates 3 steam and 3 diesel locomotives and has 12 coaches


Services Suspended on Isle of Mull Railway — 2 Comments

  1. We have just had a very sad visit to the isle of Mull, one of our favourite holiday destinations. We crossed on the ferry from Oban expecting a ride on the train to Torosay castle and gardens. Both now Closed !! No-where did we see any notices telling us that our journey was to CLOSED attractions !!! and basically we wasted our Fares. Very Dissapointed !

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