Edinburgh Waverley Station 03:50

Edinburgh Waverley Station 03:50

Edinburgh Waverley Station 03:50. Freightliner 90041 drifts past an open vestibule window of "Carriage G" of the Highland Sleeper after working the train from London Euston to Waverley Station in Edinburgh. Six nights a week, electric motors bring the 2116 London Euston to Inverness, Fort William and Aberdeen Caledonian Sleeper service into Waverley where the train is broken into three diesel-hauled trains to complete the journey to their respective destinations.

Engine change at Edinburgh

Engine change at Edinburgh

Edinburgh Waverley Station 03:50. Freightliner 90041 drifts along side the Highland Sleeper after working the train from London Euston to Waverley Station in Edinburgh. Six nights a week, electric motors bring the 2116 London Euston to Inverness, Fort William and Aberdeen Caledonian Sleeper service into Waverley where the train is broken into three diesel-hauled trains to complete the journey to their respective destinations.

Night moves

Night moves

Edinburgh Waverley Station 04:00. GBRf 67010 drifts past "Carriage G" of the Highland Sleeper after adding lounge car 6702 and coach 9800 to the Fort William section. At 16 cars, the Sleeper fills the longest platform at Euston making it necessary to add the two carriages to the Fort William train at Waverley. 

Highland breakfast

Highland breakfast

Highland breakfast in lounge car 6702 somewhere south of Ardlui: Brodies tea, smoked salmon, eggs, orange juice, and toast. 

Morning tea

Morning tea

Highland Sleeper, Upper Tyndrum

Highland reflections

Highland reflections

GBRf 67004 "Cairn Gorm" and the Fort William-bound sleeper approaching Rannoch on a misty morning.

Highland morning

Highland morning

South of Corrour on the Fort William-bound Caledonian Sleeper

Chasing rainbows

Chasing rainbows

Fort William-bound Caledonian Sleeper curving into Corrour

Rainbow and ruins

Rainbow and ruins

South of Corrour on the Fort William-bound Caledonian Sleeper

Ruins

Ruins

South of Corrour on the Fort William-bound Caledonian Sleeper

If you don't like the weather

If you don't like the weather

North of Corrour on the Caledonian Sleeper

Black Five

Black Five

BR Black Five No. 44871 waits on the right away to get out of Fort William with "The Jacobite," the scheduled steam train to Mallaig and return. Train is sold out.

Lamps

Lamps

Detail, BR 44871 Fort William, Scotland

Black Five detail Number 2

Black Five detail Number 2

BR 44871 Fort William, Scotland

Firing The Jacobite

Firing The Jacobite

Hard and honourable work on the footplate of BR 44871 at Fort William, Scotland

Morning departure

Morning departure

BR 44871 departing Fort William with "The Jacobite." 

Let it rain!

Let it rain!

Someone call a cab? Having watched BR 44871 and "The Jacobite" make a spectacular exit from Fort William, we couldn't bear to just let it go. So we hired a cab and set out in pursuit. Our driver Peter found a splendid location on the grade just north of Glenfinnan. We stood in the lashing rain as the Crewe-built LMS 5MT "Black Five" came marching uphill with seven sold-out maroon Mk I coaches in tow. The cold rain didn't matter a bit. In fact it enhanced the performance and enriched the experience.

Let it Rain! (2)

Let it Rain! (2)

Someone call a cab? Having watched BR 44871 and "The Jacobite" make a spectacular exit from Fort William, we couldn't bear to just let it go. So we hired a cab and set out in pursuit. Our driver Peter found a splendid location on the grade just north of Glenfinnan. We stood in the lashing rain as the Crewe-built LMS 5MT "Black Five" came marching uphill with seven sold-out maroon Mk I coaches in tow. The cold rain didn't matter a bit. In fact it enhanced the performance and enriched the experience.

Let it rain! (3)

Let it rain! (3)

Someone call a cab? Having watched BR 44871 and "The Jacobite" make a spectacular exit from Fort William, we couldn't bear to just let it go. So we hired a cab and set out in pursuit. Our driver Peter found a splendid location on the grade just north of Glenfinnan. We stood in the lashing rain as the Crewe-built LMS 5MT "Black Five" came marching uphill with seven sold-out maroon Mk I coaches in tow. The cold rain didn't matter a bit. In fact it enhanced the performance and enriched the experience.

Let it rain! (4)

Let it rain! (4)

Someone call a cab? Having watched BR 44871 and "The Jacobite" make a spectacular exit from Fort William, we couldn't bear to just let it go. So we hired a cab and set out in pursuit. Our driver Peter found a splendid location on the grade just north of Glenfinnan. We stood in the lashing rain as the Crewe-built LMS 5MT "Black Five" came marching uphill with seven sold-out maroon Mk I coaches in tow. The cold rain didn't matter a bit. In fact it enhanced the performance and enriched the experience.

Tea time

Tea time

Drying out and warming up after a drenching experience with a Black Five, Brown and Peter take tea and shortbreads in "The Dining Car," former BR 3767 converted to a restaurant at Glenfinnan station.

Liverpool legacy

Liverpool legacy

Glenfinnan Signal Box

Pulling ale

Pulling ale

Lunch at The Grog & Gruel, Fort William, Scotland

View from a ScotRail Super Sprinter

View from a ScotRail Super Sprinter

South of Beasdale, the view from ScotRail 156445 on the 1Y43 Glasgow Queen Street-Mallaig service.

Mallaig

Mallaig

ScotRail 156445 at Mallaig with the 1Y43 from Glasgow Queen Street. Morgan made it here behind double-headed Black Fives, the ride aboard 156445 was no less delightful.

Ancient steel

Ancient steel

Rail and LMSR tie plate, Fort William station

Super Sprinter

Super Sprinter

ScotRail 156445 Class 156 Super Sprinter, Fort William, Scotland

Scenes from a Super Sprinter

Scenes from a Super Sprinter

Departing Mallaig aboard ScotRail 156445

Cross-platform connection

Cross-platform connection

1Y58 Mallaig-Fort William service and 1B01, southbound Caledonian Sleeper at Fort William

Haggis and neeps

Haggis and neeps

Dinner on the Caledonian Sleeper: Cockburn's haggis, neeps, Docharty tatties, tea. 

Rainy night at Rannoch

Rainy night at Rannoch

Guards on southbound Caledonian Sleeper and the 1B01 Glasgow Queen Street-Fort William service trade trains on a rainy night at Rannoch.

Rainy night at Rannoch (2)

Rainy night at Rannoch (2)

Guards on southbound Caledonian Sleeper and the 1B01 Glasgow Queen Street-Fort William service trade trains on a rainy night at Rannoch.

Rainy night at Rannoch (3)

Rainy night at Rannoch (3)

Guards on southbound Caledonian Sleeper and the 1B01 Glasgow Queen Street-Fort William service trade trains on a rainy night at Rannoch.

Rainy night at Rannoch (4)

Rainy night at Rannoch (4)

Guards on southbound Caledonian Sleeper and the 1B01 Glasgow Queen Street-Fort William service trade trains on a rainy night at Rannoch.

Crianlarich under a waning Gibbous moon

Crianlarich under a waning Gibbous moon

Southbound Caledonian Sleeper at Crianlarich