Capture the Spirit of the West Highland Line

West Highland Line 125th Anniversary Competition for Children and Young People

The West Highland Community Rail Partnership wants to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the railway between Glasgow and Fort William by engaging the younger generations. We are inviting the area’s future residents and decision-makers – youngsters now aged 17 and under – to be creative about their railway.

In the last weeks before the school holidays, all primary and highschools between Skye and Crianlarich took delivery of a batch of competition entry forms. The challenge is to write a short story, design a poster or take a photograph that captures the spirit of the West Highland Line. From the young people’s perspective, what impact has the railway had on the area since it formally opened on 11th August 1894?

West Highland CRP director Liz Loudon says: “We hope the competition will provide an opportunity for school children to learn about the railway in terms of local history, geography and economy, and they enjoy the artistic and creative challenge involved. The submission deadline is 1 September, so they will have all summer to come up with their own special idea.” There are age categories, 17 years and under, and 11 years and under. A number of excellent prizes have been donated by ScotRail, the Highland Bookshop in Fort William and Glenfinnan Station Museum, and expert judging panels for each category will make sure that everyone gets a fair appraisal of their submission, the winners will be announced in October.

Full terms & conditions and the entry form is available to download here – Competition Entry Form

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