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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This steam train run was the main part of out holiday and it did not disappoint the scenery from out train seat was stunning. Loved experience from start to finish.

Thank Redthecrow
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I booked first class seats as a birthday present for my husband. We had a fantastic day out - the weather was lovely so we had a clear view of the beautiful scenery. The first class coach at the front of the train was really nice - big comfy seats and a nice atmosphere - definitely worth paying the extra for first class.

Thank AandA_8
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a trip for everyone. Rail buffs will appreciate being hauled by a genuine 1940s steam locomotive, kids will enjoy the Harry Potter connection whilst everyone will be seduced by the wow-factor of the Scottish scenery. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. It's easy enough to do so and the only negative reviews of this trip seem to come from those who didn't. A word of warning though - if you are lucky enough to have hot, sunny weather as we did the carriages get very warm, especially on the return journey. Those sort of days maybe a rarity but be prepared. A number of passengers were visibly wilting on the way back to Fort William.

As for the cost, I found it to be quite reasonable. The best part of four hours of steam-hauled rail travel for £33 is actually quite a bargain when you compare it with other heritage rail journeys. Yes, you can travel the line on the regular Scotrail service for less and take in the scenery but is it not worth the extra to experience the joys of soot in your hair, smoke in your lungs as you pass through a tunnel and the sound of the engine under full steam as it tackles the steep gradients on the way?

Thank Balix
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

A pleasant journey but the train does not stop or slow down at or near the famous viaduct. This means shooting (or trying to shoot) photos through the glass or around the tourists with their faces pressed against the windows and doors. Good luck!

The scenery is very nice, but you see enough on the way out and the return trip is boring.

Get the map in the gift car (or the vendor on the train) for a pound - it makes the trip more interesting by pointing out landmarks.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Firstly, if you want to do this train journey (and, on balance, I would say that it is worth doing), I would HIGHLY recommend booking in advance. The queue for tickets on the day looked pretty bad, I'm not sure everyone made it.

Regarding pre-booking- It seems to be set up so that if you buy two return tickets (standard class) the seating allocation is such that you go forward one-way, and backwards the other, and on one side of the train out and the other side the way back- this works really well as no-one feels like they have the 'bad seats'.

Don't get me wrong, it is a scenic journey- but no more scenic than is available all over the Highlands, for a fraction of the cost (going over the Harry Potter bridge is pretty cool though!).

If you're in the Highlands for a limited time, take the train for the scenery. If you are going to be driving around the area anyway, I personally don't think it's worth it- unless you are a big steam train or Harry Potter fan.

Thank GemmaI
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