However, the price to
rent a Scottish Region Camping Coach for a week in the late 50s was quite
A complete British Rail
Camping Coach brochure for 1958 (opposite) can be
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The Loch Awe coach is no. 19 on
were eventually scrapped by British Railways in 1971.
through Lochawe station, July 1962 - No sign of a camping coach!
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The old Lochawe station
can be seen in these post cards with the station buildings and
signal box, now gone. There were also a number of goods sidings,
one of which became the home for the original camping
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The railway carriage
presently on the shores of Loch Awe originally ran on the London
to Edinburgh main line. It is a British Railways Mark 1, number 4494, built at
York in 1956 and arrived on site in the 1980s where it served
for many years as a café known as 'The Loch Awe Tea Train'.
Below are two postcard
photographs of the coach in this previous existence!
Awe Hotel with the 'Tea Train' and steam ferry at the pier
coach has been recently restored and converted by an enthusiast
into this delightful and unusual self-catering holiday home as