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ICYMI: Highland Hospice buys Ness Islands Railway


By Val Sweeney


Hospice fundraising director Andrew Leaver (left), train driver Alasdair Macleod and Bobby the Bee with the miniature railway. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 043719.
Hospice fundraising director Andrew Leaver (left), train driver Alasdair Macleod and Bobby the Bee with the miniature railway. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 043719.

A MUCH-loved Inverness institution has been bought by Highland Hospice as a money-making venture for the charity.

Ness Islands Railway, which has carried thousands of tourists and locals over the years, was put up for sale last year

Hospice fundraising director Andrew Leaver said the charity had bought the miniature railway from the family of its creator Ian Young, who died last year aged 75.

“I have spoken to people in the miniature railway world and they have never heard of a hospice owning a miniature railway before,” Mr Leaver said. “It is quite unique but we try to be at the forefront of looking for new ways of generating income.

“We are very lucky because the volunteers who worked for Mr Young for so many years are going to continue and support the hospice.

“We will also be looking to recruit more volunteers.”

Many people have taken to social media to reveal their delight at the announcement.

Train driver Alasdair Macleod and Bobby the Bee. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 043719.
Train driver Alasdair Macleod and Bobby the Bee. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 043719.

Bill Anderson said it was the best news to hit Inverness for a while. “Well done Highland Hospice who have taken the opportunity to purchase this wee gem.”

Noreen Reid posted: “Wouldn’t mind being a volunteer on that when I retire.

“What a hoot.”

Another fan Raye Leith said: “Absolutely delighted to see the train running again. Ian would have loved this.”

All proceeds from the railway will go towards funding hospice care in the Highlands.

Hospice fundraising director Andrew Leaver (right), train driver Alasdair Macleod and Bobby the Bee with the miniature railway. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 043719.
Hospice fundraising director Andrew Leaver (right), train driver Alasdair Macleod and Bobby the Bee with the miniature railway. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 043719.


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