The Inverness - Aberdeen line, history, gen and phots

The 108 mile "over the top" route from Inverness to Aberdeen has perhaps always been a bit lower down in enthusiasts eyes than the Highland or Far North/Kyle lines. Scenic wise in sections it is nice enough with many crossings of the Spey and plenty green hills.

After the rigours of an internal Highland line overnight many used the Inverness - Aberdeen

line as 3 hours doss potential.

 

Class 120 DMU's dominated services on the line from March 1960 to March 1980 with just

the occasional loco hauled substitutions. Elgin - Aberdeen services saw class 21, 24 and 26 operation as did Inverness/Elgin - Aviemore services via Grantown in the early 60s up to closure.

 

There was also the 0440 Aberdeen - Elgin which in the 60;s and 70's was a 4 coach paper

train back then, which again saw a good variety of power. By the mid 80's this was a passenger train getting type 2 power variety galore

From March 80 the Inverness - Aberdeen service went over to loco haulage with classes 25, 26 and 27 dominating. By 1983 47's had taken over most turns, including one mixed train with a Freightliner container tripped from Aberdeen to the Far North and back. By 1990 class 37's slowly took over most services until 1992 when 156 Sprinters took over the route.

Today 158's and 170's units dominate services and apart from the odd special or sleeper diversion loco haulage has drifted into history

290582271090840iawebr.jpg27109 steaming nicely on the 0840 Inverness - Aberdeen on May 29th 1982

Part Two 1980 - 1987 the class 26 and 27 years

Below is a list of the known individual 26 and 27's that worked "over the "top" from

1980 - 1987. Class 25s will be reportedly separately but were muuch rarer than 26/27's

on the route. Normally load 6 or 7 Mk I's on timings much improved on the old "Swindon sluggard" DMUs they replaced.

Class 47's became more regular on most turns on the route by May 83 but the 26's/27's kept on producing until the Class 27 farewell tour on May 9th 1987.

 

5303 (later 26003) 1415 Aberdeen - Inverness Oct 58 (loco on test, new to Scotland)

26008 1155 Aberdeen-Inverness 290582

26013 0736 Aberdeen - Inverness 200282

26014 1750 Aberdeen - Inverness 120881

26015 1243 Aberdeen - Inverness 200382

26018 0945 Aberdeen - Inverness 240381

26019 1446 Inverness - Aberdeen 300780

26021 1734 Aberdeen - Inverness 120681

26023} 1038 Inverness - Aberdeen 220781

26033}

 

26024 1150 Aberdeen-Inverness 010682

26025 0705 Elgin-Inverness 030682

26026 1038 Inverness - Aberdeen 170482

26027} 0840 Inverness - Aberdeen 180982

27008}

 

26028 0900 Inverness-Aberdeen 300582

26029 1150 Aberdeen - Inverness 160483

26030} 1A27 1048 Inverness-Aberdeen 020883

26043}

 

26031} 1448 Inverness - Aberdeen 300883

47271}

 

26032 1754 Aberdeen - Inverness 041082

26033 1150 Aberdeen - Inverness 250682

26034} 1A22 0848 Inverness-Aberdeen 020883

26040}

 

26035} 1357 Aberdeen - Inverness 050783

26046}

 

26036 1357 Aberdeen - Inverness 070680

 

26037 2102 Aberdeen - Inverness 020481

 

26038 1040 Inverness - Aberdeen 310782

 

26039 2040 Inverness - Aberdeen 310383

 

25240} 1353 Aberdeen - Inverness 300382

26040}

 

26041 1740 Inverness - Aberdeen 050580

 

26042 0715 Elgin - Inverness 010983

26044 2030 Inverness - Aberdeen 210781

26045 1152 Aberdeen - Inverness 070680

26046 0840 Inverness - Aberdeen 050183

26 Phot spot

02088326040n0340848iawebr.jpg26040 and 26034 prior to departure with the 0848 Inverness - Aberdeen on August 2nd 1983

02088326043n0301048iawebr.jpg26043 and 26030 prior to departure with the 1048

Inverness - Aberdeen on August 2nd 1983

 

30088326031n472711448inabwebr.jpg26031 and 47271 at Forres with the 1448 Inverness - Aberdeen on August 30th 1983. A Tony Ewer phot

 

27001 2A57 2029 Inverness - Aberdeen 060381

 

27002 0540 Inverness-Aberdeen 030682

27003 0955 Aberdeen-Inverness 290582

27004 1554 Aberdeen-Inverness 270980

27005 1N06 0447 Aberdeen-Inverness 260185

27007 0915 Inverness-Aberdeen 280980

27003} 1N13 0745 Aberdeen - Inverness 220984

27008}

 

27010} 2A27 1039 Inverness - Aberdeen 290581

27108}

 

27012 2N12 0736 Aberdeen - Inverness 110382

 

27016 1628 Aberdeen - Inverness 150680

 

27017 2N15 0948 Aberdeen - Inverness 120580

 

27018 2A27 1039 Inverness - Aberdeen 210381

 

27021 0840 Inverness-Aberdeen 220982

27022} 1039 Inverness - Aberdeen 250681

40067}

27023 0712 Elgin-Inverness 290582

27025} 2N33 1550 Aberdeen - Inverness 230982

27002}

 

27026 2A27 1040 Inverness - Aberdeen 210483

27030} 2A27 1040 Inverness - Aberdeen 260882

26029}

 

27032} 2029 Inverness - Aberdeen 120482

27002}

 

27033 1N08 0719 Elgin - Inverness 220984

27036 2A27 1040 Inverness - Aberdeen 140283

27037 1N08 0719 Elgin - Inverness 261084

27038 1N08 0719 Elgin - Inverness 040984

27040 1N08 0719 Elgin - Inverness 090485

27041} 1N27 1355 Aberdeen - Inverness 310184

27042}

 

27046 1N06 0447 Aberdeen - Elgin 050784

 

27005} 1A33 1250 Inverness-Aberdeen 270185

27048}

 

27049 1600 Aberdeen - Inverness 090286

27051 1N08 0715 Elgin-Inverness 020883

27051} 1N13 0745 Aberdeen-Inverness 290185

27055}

 

27055} Inverness - Aberdeen - (Edin/Glas) "Class 27 Farewell tour" 090587

27063}

 

27056} 1N15 0955 Aberdeen - Inverness 270384

47209}

 

27057 1N08 0719 Elgin - Inverness 311284

 

27105 1723 Inverness - Aberdeen 110281

27106 1040 Inverness-Aberdeen 290582

27107 2A12 0545 Inverness - Aberdeen 210381

27108 1357 Aberdeen - Inverness 280580

27109 0830 Inverness-Aberdeen 290582

27110 2A22 0832 Inverness - Aberdeen 050380

27204 1244 Inverness - Aberdeen 300780

27210} 2A22 0826 Inverness - Aberdeen 020482

27109}

 

27211} 2N16 0936 Aberdeen - Inverness 150382

27007}

 

27 phot spot

 

29058227109webr.jpg27109 at Inverness with the 0840 Inverness - Aberdeen on May 29th 1982. A Tony Ewer phot

 

22098427008n270031035isabwebr.jpg27008 and 27003 at a damp Inverness with the 1035 Aberdeen service on September 22nd 1984. A Tony Ewer phot

 

09058727055n063tourwebr.jpgThe epic class 27 farewell tour is captured by "TC" at Nairn on May 9th 1987, the very last 27 action "over the top"

 

Any additional loco workings gen welcome

Link to Part One of our Inverness - Aberdeen feature covering 1960-80

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