ScotRail train drivers wanted for the Harry Potter train route on the West Highland Line | UK News


Trainee train drivers are wanted for one of the world’s most scenic train routes through the Scottish Highlands.

The new ScotRail posts are based in Fort William and successful candidates are likely to travel regularly on the West Highland Line.

The railway line – which connects Glasgow to Oban and also Fort William and Mallaig – is famous for its picturesque scenery and travels through locations that have featured in film and television.

Beauty spots include the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by Harry Potter movies and the Hogwarts Express.

The viaduct, which has appeared in The crownMonarch Of The Glen and Stone Of Destiny, also featured in the video game Forza Horizon 4.

Glenfinnan Viaduct.  Image: HiJOBS/ScotRail
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Image: HiJOBS/ScotRail

In addition, the railway line offers spectacular views of Loch Lomond, the cliff top of The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) near Arrochar and Ben Nevis.

The route’s stations include Corrour, the highest in Britain at 1,340 feet above sea level.

The remote station – a favorite with mountain walkers and Munro baggers – featured in the 1996 film Trainspotting, starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle.

View of The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) as seen from the West Highland Line.  Image: HiJOBS/ScotRail
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View of The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) as seen from the West Highland Line. Image: HiJOBS/ScotRail

The job website HiJOBS carries out the recruitment on behalf of ScotRail.

Laura Saunders, commercial director and founder of HiJOBS, said: “This job is an absolute dream ticket for someone looking to hit the ground running on a new career adventure.

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

A ScotRail train on the West Highland Line after departure from Arisaig.  Image: HiJOBS/ScotRail
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A ScotRail train on the West Highland Line after departure from Arisaig. Image: HiJOBS/ScotRail

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No previous experience is required, but the successful candidates must be at least 20 years old when they start the course and must pass certain medical examinations.

The jobs have a starting salary of £32,968 but can rise to £58,028 when qualified.

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Julie Dale, HR Director at ScotRail, added: “There is no denying that the West Highland Line is one of the world’s great scenic train journeys and the opportunity to become a train driver on this route does not come around often.

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


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