Up Scotland, Jan 2018
Sunday Jan 14th 2018
1S25 beckoned with 92033 up front of a shortened 14 coach rake. The consist was made up of
10548, 10613, 10688, 10507, 10648, 6705, 9801, 10722, 10529, 10690, 10561, 10650, 6700 and 9804.
For me it was 9804 as my bed for the night, the seated coach was half full but a pretty quiet consist
aboard. As usual the temperature ranged from extreme heat to cold to extreme heat making decent
Monday Jan 15th 2018
At Edinburgh where we arrived 10 early, DB red 67018 was soon attached and much better doss followed
with sensible heat coming from the skip and melodous thrash across the lowlands. I stirred at Dalwhinnie and
was disappointed to see no snow on the platforms or ground visible in the dark. A few commuters joined
at Kingussie and by Schlodt in daylight there was a reasonable cover of old snow around. A few phots at
Inverness, then i festered for the 1045 Inverness - Edinburgh which until recently was booked a pair of 158's.
170455! was then joined to Aviemore where 27050 was photted, looking good at the Strathspey depot.
The Kingussie afternoon leap coincided with the quoted snow dropping down to railway levels and on 170455
back it was snowing hard even at Inverness.
Tuesday Jan 16th 2018
I was relieved to see all trains running although most had a good covering of snow on arrival at Inverness. S25
arrived right time at Inverness which was commendable considering the ongoing heavy snow. A surprise in 73967
and 73971 as power rather than the booked "skip". 158701 which was lightly loaded past Dingwall on the 0855 Kyle
with heavy snow most of the way. 158717 was the return power. The Kyle line in winter is a must, the Highland
scenery at its best with no coach parties of wittering Watford pensioners to kill the atmosphere on board either.
An evening foray to view the 73's on 1M16 followed.
Wednesday Jan 17th 2018
43208 and 43320 were joined on the 0755 Inverness - Kings X. We crossed a slightly late S25 Sleeper at Carrbridge
with 67018 covered in snow up front! At Aviemore the snow was falling hard adding to the "mental" cover of over a
foot. After a few bus moves and trail walks i awaited at Aviemore the 1036 Edinburgh - Inverness which again, until recently
was booked 2 x 158. 170454! then arrived for more struggling through the snow to Inverness. An Invergordon coastal move
raked in 158704 and 158720 for the year.
Thursday Jan 18th 2018
S25 was photted arriving with S25 on what was a sunny but frosty Inverness morning. The airport bus, then Easy Jet's
G-EZDI was my power back to lovely Luton. Unfortunately i didn't have my camera to hand but on taking off we looked
down on the mighty Culloden viaduct standing proud in the snow.
Buses home to Leighton, including a totter along the "waste of money" busway saw me back in Leighton just after 4, another
Scottish adventure over...