The Jacobite

On Track

In the mid nineties I took my first trip on the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to the port of Mallaig as part of my first ever visit to Scotland whilst visiting some friends.

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In 2011 I ventured to it for a second time following a sponsored climb up to the summit of Ben Nevis in aid of charity. This time I made the trip with Mrs Wilbur and our poodle called Oli.

This wasn’t the only difference. In the intervening thirteen years Harry Potter had been catapulted into our universe and perhaps the most picturesque part of the journey featured in some of the feature film adaptations of the wizarding books.

I am talking about the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct, the bridge of 21 arches that overlooks Loch Shiel & Glenfinnan Monument.

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The viaduct is shown as part of the line taken by the Hogwarts Express to Hogwarts School.

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  1. Can’t beat a good steam train ride that’s for sure!

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