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This famous steam train has been featured in several movies. The 84 mile journey crosses a 100 foot high viaduct with 21 arches. Right between the two mountains crossed on this beautiful route sits a majestic lake. The steam train was built in the late 1800s and has been crossing the West Coast of this country twice a day, ever since. Give yourself bonus points if you can name one of the movies that featured this famous steam train and viaduct.
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Jacobite Steam Train and the Glenfinnan Viaduct, in Lochaber, Scotland
Everybody who has seen the Harry Potter movies remembers the legendary Hogwarts train, that leaves from Platform 9 ¾. Although its real name is the Jacobite Steam Train, the Scotland route is known as the Hogwarts train. The beautiful film scenery, though, is real.
The train route goes from Fort William to Mallaig, crossing the West Coast of Scotland. The most significant area of the 84-mile journey is the Glenfinnan viaduct, which has 21 arches. This is a well known spot from the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie. Because it was filmed during winter, it created a surreal scenery.
Yet another beautiful place is the Loch Shiel lake, which is right between the two mountains crossed by the route. The Jacobite Steam Train route also includes a special monument dedicated to Prince Charles at the Glenfinnman station. However, it is the interior of this world-famous steam train that creates an incredible experience for passengers.
Each compartment looks just as it did during the filming of the Harry Potter sequel. From old-fashioned walls and comfortable seats to carriages and vintage doors, everything sends people to another world. Also, the train runs by the power of the steam, which improves the experience and creates the legendary white smoke often seen in the Harry Potter movies.
Even though the journey only lasts for one and a half hour, it is definitely worth the €32 fare. Scotland’s outstanding scenery, mountains, lakes, and the well known Glenfinnan viaduct, make this trip unforgettable. Celebrity Cruises visits Scotland on numerous British Isles itineraries under its European sailings.