One of the great joys about the railway carriage is that it is
an unusual place situated in a beautiful location with the joys
of a working railway line alongside. For your own safety, please
do not even think about swimming in the loch. Itís over 200 feet
deep with strong currents. Please do not stray into
the loch or onto the railway, and please make sure that young
children are supervised if they leave the garden area. The gates
at either end of the garden can be padlocked shut to create
security although it would still be possible to crawl under the
carriage. This is VERY strongly not advised and you will almost
certainly bump something. Also, always take care on the
stairs up to the carriage.
We cannot be held responsible for the safety of anyone
not obeying these simple rules
There are, of course, trains. Six passenger trains a day (from
19th May 2014) in each direction Monday to Saturday and a
different pattern on Sundays. This means a wider spread of
trains through the day than in previous years, when there were
just three. The first passes through Loch Awe around 6am.
However increased insulation in the bedrooms and sitting room
considerably deadens the noise as well as keeping the rooms
As a working railway there are occasional charter trains which
provide a spectacular sight and even steam a couple of times a
year. There can also be engineering trains and, very
occasionally indeed, these have been known to run in the night.
If there is any kind of line blockage the trains will be
withdrawn. Obviously, such occurrences are beyond our control.
In this instance substitute bus services will run from the top
of the station road.
It may sound silly to say this but a railway carriage is exactly
that! Itís not a cottage with stone walls so please donít expect
it to be like a house in the shape of a railway carriage. It is,
of course, pretty small compared to a cottage, so there is
inevitably no room for cupboards and wardrobes. There are a lot
of other things to fit in, but we do of course supply plenty of
clothes hangers. Insulation is bound to be less, but donít worry;
thereís plenty of heating. Please note though, thereís not much
point in leaving the heat on if you go out. It will heat up just
as quickly if you turn it on your return.
As with all railway carriages the odd small leak can occur from
time to time, it seems the windows are the most likely place. We
always deal with these as soon as possible, so do please let us
and the caretaker know. But donít worry! We have an extensive
maintenance programme every winter as we very much want to keep
the carriage in the best possible condition.
If there is anything you are unhappy about do please let us
know. We want you to have a lovely holiday at the carriage.