PRESS RELEASE Issued 01/08/2012
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With the imminent ending of the Mull and West Highland Narrow Gauge Railway’s ground lease at Torosay and no forthcoming interest to retain the line, the directors have taken the reluctant decision to lift, remove and dispose of their Isle of Mull assets.
It had been hoped that a purchaser of the castle would look sympathetically upon the railway as a valid tourist attraction and either take over the operation on Mull or allow its continuance with a new lease and license to operate. However it is understood that the castle and grounds have now been sold and the agents have advised that the railway is no longer welcome.
Extensive discussions with local authorities, the National Park and Scottish Enterprise might have offered an alternative location at Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond but time has run out for the move to the West Bank in Balloch . A most recent assessment of potential passenger volumes has suggested that a 10 ¼” gauge line would have difficulty in coping with the requirements of this proposed community rail link from Balloch village to Lomond Shores. It is hoped that the extensive work done to date by the Mull Rail team will be diverted now to progressing the Balloch proposal but with equipment capable of greater capacity.
The railway’s directors are therefore now seeking serious buyers for their 10 ¼” gauge locomotives (“VICTORIA” 2-6-2 steam tank locomotive and “FRANCES” Perkins 1000 series Bo Bo diesel hydraulic), 13 coaches, 1.5 miles of track, points and ancillary equipment.
Interested parties should contact the company’s web site: firstname.lastname@example.org.