Note: Original post was in this thread: https://www.railforums.co.uk/thread...to-bike-and-baggage-vans-for-scotrail.159376/
Does anyone have ideas for relatively low cost interventions that could resolve these issues? For example, extending the loops so that the Alcan train actually can be crossed. Are there any old loops that could be brought back into use?Having had experience of dealing with additional traffic on the route it was hard enough sometimes before the Alcan issue begun as there were so many conflicts due to poorer numbers of loops beyond Crianlarich (even ghost freight paths often ruined schedules e.g an MOD train that rarely ran). After the Alcan started it got tougher depending on the direction the Alcan was going too and day of the week. Then when the extra Oban services started (especially on a weekday when the school ex limits the Oban paths even more) it got somewhat harder. It will still be possible to run extra traffic with increased flexibility probably after the recast for the bike carriages, but it will be harder and harder. Possibly a land cruise overnighting at Fort William and returning on the Sunday or a Jacobite ECS will be safer than any out and back stuff. Good job the charter industry is in sleep mode for now then really so nobody need test it too soon.