A West Highland woman has become the first person in Scotland to have single-handedly transformed three stations as part of ScotRail’s Adopt a Station community project.
Sonia Cameron has installed six half-barrel planters at Morar, adding to the floral displays she plants and maintains at Mallaig and Arisaig.
ScotRail has paid tribute to the Mallaig resident’s success in enhancing the stations on the world-famous West Highland Line.
John Yellowlees, ScotRail’s external relations manager, said: “It is testament to Sonia's dedication that she is our only station adopter to have single-handedly adopted three stations.
“The stations' picturesque locations, at the end of the line voted the world’s top rail journey three years in a row, make this a very special hat-trick indeed.”
Sonia’s planters and hanging baskets helped Mallaig station win gold accreditation in Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Tidy Station Standards awards last year.
She also looks after the station building at Britain’s most westerly mainland station at Arisaig for HITRANS, which uses it as an office and meeting-room.
Sonia said: “I like to think that the improved appearance of these stations heightens the sense of anticipation for passengers as West Highland Line trains approach their journey’s end.”
Sonia is also the rail correspondent for monthly magazine West Word, which is based in an office at Morar station.
Danny Carden, ScotRail communications, 0141 335 5013 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
If you would like to take photographs at any of the stations, please contact ScotRail’s communications team.
Since launching in 2005, ScotRail's Adopt a Station policy has gone from strength to strength.
More than 130 stations now have volunteers doing gardening, and new uses for surplus accommodation have included heritage centres, art galleries, cafes and model railway clubs.