After two years of economic battering due to the Covid pandemic, hopes were high this year would see a bounce back for the Lochaber and wider Highland economies.
There are concerns that the longer the dispute goes on, local rail users could turn their back on the railway for good.
First to flag up the fact that neither Fort William or Mallaig stations were in line for a cut to their ticket office opening hours was Hege Hernaes and John Barnes at Glenfinnan Station Museum.
The spacious area makes it a cinch for visitors to store a range of different sized bikes and bulky hiking equipment, as well as incentivising them to leave the car at home.
The stand off has dragged on since March and affected the availability of trains on Sundays with conductors and ticket examiners taking action.
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