Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
Michael Laing
rock_dinosaur

To Fort William by train

On this day, I made use of my ScotRail employees' travel pass to make the journey to Fort William, travelling out in the early morning and returning by the late afternoon train from Fort William. Even if the trains had run to time, I'd have had little time to see much of Fort William, but the northbound train was delayed at Ardlui due to a line-blockage caused by a fallen tree. Fortunately, the line was cleared without undue delay, and I reached Fort William in time to catch the last daytime train back to Glasgow, which may in any case have been formed by the Class 156 DMU which had formed the northbound train. Typical Scottish summer weather prevailed: it rained all day!


The morning Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William service, formed of a pair of class 156 2-car DMUs, waits at Ardlui Station, Dunbartonshire, on 23rd June, 2004, for the line ahead to be cleared of fallen trees which had been brought down by earlier torrential rain. A permanent-way gang had to be brought out (from Glasgow, I think) to clear the line, but they did so surprisingly quickly and the train was delayed by no more than thirty or forty minutes.


The morning Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William service, formed of a pair of class 156 2-car DMUs, waits at Ardlui Station, Dunbartonshire, on 23rd June, 2004, for the line ahead to be cleared of fallen trees which had been brought down by earlier torrential rain.


At Fort William, Inverness-shire, on 23rd June, 2004, in the delightful summer weather for which Scotland is renowned, Class 156 2-car DMU No. 156 492 on the left waits to form the evening train to Glasgow, while on the the right English Electric Type 3 (Class 37) No. 37 401 heads the Fort William portion of the ScotRail sleeper to London Euston, which will combine with portions from Inverness and Aberdeen at Edinburgh Waverley at around midnight. I returned to Glasgow Queen Street aboard the class 156 DMU at Platform 2 a short time later.


At Fort William, Inverness-shire, 23rd June, 2004, Class 156 2-car DMU No. 156 492 on the left waits to form the evening train to Glasgow, while on the the right English Electric Type 3 (Class 37) No. 37 401 heads the Fort William portion of the ScotRail sleeper to London Euston.


The station house at Corrour Station, Inverness-shire, viewed from the late afternoon Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street train in typical Scottish summer weather, 23rd June, 2004.
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