On a railroad to nowhere?

Could this be a sight in Forfar in years to come?
Could this be a sight in Forfar in years to come?

The restoration of the old Strathmore Line between Forfar and Laurencekirk has been proposed as part of an ambitious plan for Tayside’s future rail network.

Campaigners from Railfuture Scotland will be displaying the proposals at the Dundee Model Railway Exhibition in the Dundee International Sports Complex in Mains Loan this weekend.

Author of the enhanced network, Roderick McDougall, vice-chair of Railfuture Scotland, a chartered civil engineer and retired transport professional, has added links between Perth and Laurencekirk via Forfar (The Strathmore Line) among others.

Mr McDougall said: “Whereas it is Network Rail’s job to look after and maintain the existing network and Scotrail’s job to operate passenger trains on it in accordance with their franchise, there appears to be no one charged with looking at extending and improving the network. This is a Government responsibility which they are shirking by passing it on to cash strapped Regional Transport Authorities and Local Councils without giving them either the authority or the financial ability to fulfil it. It is only pressure groups like ours that are trying to ‘kick start’ a renaissance in railway improvements.”

Plans will be on show from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4.30pm on Sunday at the DISC.

l What do you think? Would you like to see the return of rail services at Forfar?