NEW BALLOCH & LOCH LOMOND RAILWAY
Mull Rail was to have become Balloch & Loch Lomond Railway in 2012/13
This new project was designed to provide a vital rail transport link from Balloch station to Loch Lomond piers and to the Loch Lomond Shores shopping centre.
The steam and diesel narrow gauge trains will connect public transport to the Boats on the Loch and the car parks at the shopping Centre. It would have utilised the award winning relocated 10.25 inch gauge steam and diesel railway railway trains from the Isle of Mull Railway in Scotland which closed in September 2011.
The tracks were planned to have a rare triangular junction so that trains could run from Balloch station to the pier or the Loch Lomond Shores shopping centre.
In early 2011a public announcement was made that Balloch was the preferred home for Mull Rail. Sadly after 18 months no final route or deal could be settled and this opportunity has been lost
A picture of Victoria with King Arthur at its temporary home at Rudyard Lake
NEWS OF THE NEW BALLOCH & LOCH LOMOND STEAM RAILWAY
It was expected that all the equipment from Mull would be relocated to the new railway. If all had gone to plan trains could have run in 2012. However protracted negotiations and Scottish Enterprises prevarication over 18 months meant that the opportunity has been lost. The railway has to be off Mull by the end of October and so in August it was all placed on the market. It has all now been sold in Autumn 2012. See here for details of the sale & disposal of the Isle of Mull Railway
The negotiations to bring the railway to Balloch are dragging on and as at May 2012 are still in progress. This is due to the number of parties involved and issues about the route. The positive side is that a better alignment for the railway may result. The other positive point is the clear financial case for the railway which will benefit it and all the other proposed developments.
The railway on Mull will have to be dismantled soon under the terms of the lease so its to be hoped that issues can be resolved soon. There may well be opportunities to help with establishing the railway and to invest in it which will be announced shortly.
Mull Rail Press Release 15 June 2011
Views of the trains destined for Loch Lomond on Mull
Balloch Loch Lomond News - 1st January 2012
The final trains ran on Mull on 1st September 2011 pulled by Victoria with little fanfare and in typical rainy weather.
The steam engine Victoria left the Island on 7th of September and is now at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire. She has been fitted with air brakes and was used at the Steam gala on September 10 & 11th. Now other minor repairs have been undertaken she will be used occasionally to keep her in good working order before hopefully moving to Loch Lomond in 2012. Some further work to her regulator to stop a minor leek is planned for the spring.
A mini steam gala was held at Rudyard on April 28 & 29th 2012 and saw Victoria & Waverley run a train together for the first time and the 3 other engines in use.
There are up to date pictures on the Balloch & Loch Lomond Railway Facebook page. Please visit it and Like it
Discussions to agree to bring a railway at Balloch are still proceeding. Inevitably this takes
longer than everyone would want but its important all the key issues are
resolved now. Please be patient, there will be plenty of opportunities to help
in due course.
Information provided by a friend and supporter- the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway