The popular owner of the Ness Islands miniature railway in Inverness has died.
A post on the railway’s Facebook page today announced that Ian Young had lost his battle with cancer. He was 75.
The statement read: “He fought valiantly, but ultimately, cancer claimed him.
“Ian and his railway have brought so much joy to many families and train enthusiasts throughout the years and I’m sure you’ll all agree that Inverness has lost a true gentleman.”
Retired railwayman Ian built the 0.8-mile Ness Islands Railway – the UK’s most northerly public miniature railway – but he announced earlier this month his ill-health was forcing him to quit.
The station, engine shed, shop, three locos and 7¼-inch gauge track are situated on the banks of the River Ness at Whin Park, about a mile from Inverness city centre.
It regularly draws admirers from around the world.
The railway will continue to run as normal, as Ian would have wanted, and it is hoped it will continue until a buyer is found to take it over.