First open days for Invergarry station on NBR Fort Augustus branch announced

By Hugh Dougherty

THE Invergarry Station Project, the volunteer body behind the restoration of Invergarry station on the North British Railway’s Invergarry & Fort Augustus Railway, is to open the partially-restored site to visitors on the first Sunday of each month from May to September.

Invergarry station, one of the heritage sector’s furthest-flung outposts. HUGH DOUGHERTY

On operating days, the trust will operate its 1947-built Ruston 0-4-0 diesel shunter, which ran for the first time on site on December 28, last year.

Trackwork progress has, however, been held back after a supplier failed to deliver materials for a turnout which were ordered last July 2016. After many approaches by the society secretary, the track supply company, which is not being named at this stage by the trust as legal action is ongoing, finally delivered some timbers and sleepers only in November.

“The problem is that we missed out on match funding to buy a second turnout,” said Christopher Ellice, chairman of the board of trustees. “We were also out of pocket to the tune of £14,000, although our secretary has now been able to recoup £7800 of that and action is ongoing.”

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