ScotRail has unveiled a new design for its first “active travel” carriage, on one of Scotland’s most scenic routes.
Designed by Scottish artist Peter McDermott, the artwork highlights some of the best-known landmarks along the West Highland Line, including the Glenfinnan monument and viaduct, Skye Cuillin mountain range, Ben Lomond, and the castle on Loch Awe.
The design will feature on five Class 153 trains that are being transformed to carry up to 20 bikes on the picturesque line.
Custom designed racks will accommodate bikes, sporting equipment and large items of luggage.
The trains will also be adapted to carry fans of winter sports, accommodating large bulky items such as ski bags and rucksacks.
Mr McDermott said: “It was a great pleasure to have been asked to produce this illustration – particularly as my own illustrative style is directly inspired by such artists as Norman Wilkinson and Tom Purvis, who among others, were responsible for the much-loved railway art of the 1930s and 40s.
“Their work was confined to train compartments and poster hoardings, but fortunately for me I’ve had the unique opportunity to work on a much larger canvas, which now allows this iconic illustrative style to travel through, and contribute to the very landscape we’ve all sought to interpret.
“I hope they would be as delighted as I am with the end result.”
The first carriage is due for completion later this year when the refurbishment programme can fully resume following the coronavirus pandemic, and will enter service once staff can be safely trained on the carriages.
Tom Smith, ScotRail project manager, said: “Peter McDermott’s eye-catching design pays real homage to the beautiful and tranquil West Highland Line.
“We’re living in uncertain times, but when these carriages are eventually introduced, it will be a welcome boost for cyclists and those in search of outdoor pursuits along Scotland’s most scenic railways.”