ScotRail Highland Explorer service launches

ScotRail’s new Highland Explorer service was launched on July 19 for tourists and local commuters using the famously picturesque West Highland Line (WHL) between Glasgow and Oban.

The Explorer comprises three Class 153 vehicles that have been redesigned to accommodate up to 20 cycles and bulky sports gear.

The carriages have had a full interior and exterior refresh, including the installation of free WiFi, at-seat power points, USB sockets and a refurbished toilet. An e-bike charging socket has also been provided for the first time ever on a UK train.

Meanwhile, an eye-catching exterior livery has been designed by Scottish artist Peter McDermott, and depicts typical Highland scenery alongside famous landmarks on the WHL, including the Glenfinnan monument and viaduct and the Skye Cuillin mountain range.

The three carriages will be added to a limited number of existing WHL services to boost capacity. Passengers with cycles must book ahead in order to guarantee a place on board.

According to the operator, the aim of the new service is to encourage people to leave their cars at home and use the train
to get out into the countryside and open air.

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  • M Stovin - 27/07/2021 14:33

    A brake van by any other name.

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  • David Williams - 12/08/2021 22:42

    I am hearing reports that people are being charged a £10 supplement to use this coach, but this is not mentioned in your article. There are also reports that the new carriage travels largely empty for the same reason.

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