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Full steam ahead as Highland Hospice buys much-loved miniature Inverness railway – and all proceeds from the business will go towards caring for people


By Andrew Dixon


Ian Young's son Barry Young driving the miniature locomotive. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 040889.
Ian Young's son Barry Young driving the miniature locomotive. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 040889.

A MINIATURE railway line used by thousands of tourists and locals every year has a new owner.

Highland Hospice has taken over operating the Ness Islands Railway in Inverness.

A spokesman for the charity said: "Today we are delighted to announce that we have bought the Ness Islands Railway in Whin Park, Inverness.

"This popular and much-loved attraction has been built up to the success it is by the late Ian Young and his wife Jan and their children and grandchildren.

"We are honoured that they have entrusted us with continuing Ian's legacy and we hope we can keep the railway running for many years to come.

"All proceeds from the business will go towards funding hospice care in the Highlands. Full steam ahead!"

Mr Young created the railway and operated it for more than 35 years.

On a good day, the miniature locomotives and carriages can carry as many as 600 passengers along the circular track which winds past colourful carvings of exotic animals and across a bridge saved from the salvage yard when it was due to be scrapped by city authorities.



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