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