1M16 keeps on running, March-Sep 2020
Its been reassuring during lockdown that 1M16, the up Caledonian sleeper from Inverness has continued to run
without interruption. Morning exercise walks coincided with viewing this lengthy 16 coach service several days
a week. I still try to observe this fine train several days a week but as the mornings become darker this routine
will soon cease.
On March 22nd as lockdown started Caledonian sleeper reduced the sleeper service to just one each way with the
16 coach service splitting/joining at Edinburgh with Glasgow and Inverness portions only. As lockdown eased
on July 15th the 2 train sleeper service returned with an Edinburgh - Euston (1M12) load 8 (except Su/We nights
where a full set was used with an ECS portion from Polmadie).
1M16 was reduced to a load 14 service but kept on running with the service splitting/joining at Edinburgh with
portions from Fort William (load 6) and Inverness (load 8).
M16 motive power locally has been predictable in Dellner fitted class 92's working all turns. There has been much
livery variation with GBRf liveried 92020, 92028 and 92043 all working spells. As far as i'm aware Caledonian
sleeper liveried 92006 hasnt featured on 1M16 during lockdown, perhaps its furloughed.
Also looking at the phots below the light and landscape has changed as Spring became Summer and now Autumn.
A sample phot selection below, your advised to get out with that camera around 0710 locally and capture this fine train
passing before darkness renders it impossible till Feb 2021
and bridge 139 make up the scene here too.
the amps on April 15th 2020
on April 16th 2020
with 1M16 on September 14th 2020
Hopefully a few more M16 views to follow into October.