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Train drivers wanted for 'Harry Potter' rail route


By Annabelle Gauntlett

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The iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Line, made famous as part ofroute undertaken by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.
The iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Line, made famous as part ofroute undertaken by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.

All aboard the dream job and travel with magic to Hogwarts on the daily as ScotRail are searching for new trainee train drivers for one of Scotlands most beautiful routes.

With no past experience required and salary of up to £60,000 on offer, Scottish recruitment website HiJOBS.net is on the hunt to find a selection of eager trainee train drivers who will get to travel across some of Scotland’s most stunning rail routes.

Recruiting on behalf of ScotRail, the new positions are based in Fort William on Scotland’s scenic West Coast.

One of the nearby routes the successful candidates will likely regularly travel is the breath-taking West Highland Line.

Regularly voted as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world, the West Highland Line is famed for its cinematic landscapes, including the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter movies and vivid views of natural landmarks such as the rocky pinnacle of the Cobbler near Arrochar and Ben Nevis.

Movie fans may also recognise Corrour, the highest and most remote station in the UK and featured in the film Trainspotting.

While no previous experience is required, the successful candidate must be at least 20 when they commence training and will need to pass certain medical examinations.

ScotRail-train after departing Arisaig on the West Highland Line.
ScotRail-train after departing Arisaig on the West Highland Line.

They should be enthusiastic, positive and a strong communicator, with the ability to stay focused and be a good problem solver.

A respectable £32,968 per annum trainee salary will increase to £45,825 per annum when newly qualified, before rising to £58,028 per annum.

The package also includes final salary pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, as well as free and reduced rate rail travel for employees and their families.

Laura Saunders, commercial director and founder of HiJOBS said: “This job is an absolute dream ticket for someone looking to go full steam ahead with a new career adventure.

"Not only will the successful candidate be in the driving seat on one of Scotland’s most famous train routes, but the package offers a highly competitive salary, in-depth training and quick career progression. It’s a first-class opportunity.

“A recent HiJOBS survey of 2000 Scots revealed that a third (30%) of people saw the biggest barrier to pursuing their dream job was having to potentially leave family and friends. The beauty of this career opportunity is that they get the best of both worlds, travelling across Scotland and coming home to their loved ones.”

A popular hiking route up Ben Arthur, better known as The Cobbler in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park.
A popular hiking route up Ben Arthur, better known as The Cobbler in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park.

Julie Dale, ScotRail HR director, said: “ScotRail is proud to support communities and the economy by creating high quality jobs across rural Scotland.

“There’s no denying that the West Highland Line is one of the world’s great scenic rail journeys, and the opportunity to become a train driver on this route doesn’t come along often.

“It’s not your usual nine to five, the successful candidates will experience some of the most breath-taking views of the West Highlands, while helping us deliver the best possible service by getting our customers to their destination safely and on time.”

A Scotland-only recruitment hub, HiJOBS.net is the most visited job board for roles in its rural and Highland communities.

As a result, it regularly features rare or more unusual job opportunities in some of Scotland’s most scenic and remote locations.

Recent listings have included an artisan biscuit-maker on Isle of Mull, and an air traffic controller in the remote Outer Hebrides.


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