Up Scotland Dec/Jan 2017
2 trips North of the border, the first one not even seeing Scotland in daylight!
Dec 2016 leap
News that 87002 had worked S26 North on December 23rd meant that she should return from Glasgow late on December 27th. After protracted negotiations for a pass out and buying expensive advances we were booked.
Around 1320 at Leighton we started the journey North behind 350129/113 which was the start of the rubbish power Northwards. A wedged 390008 took us to Bir Int'l and as the Trent Valley was shut on one of the busiest days of the year we awaited the 1420 Euston - Glasgow Northwards here. 390016 soon arrived and was thankfully pretty quiet to Crewe as we took the Aston/BS/Bushbury Jn route at low speed.
Once North of Carlisle the train was quiet again and we stared at the darkness which was the Southern Uplands passing. With thanks to "Red Cow's" gen there was time at Glasgow Central for a quick leap of better quality than the last 350 miles!
320412} 2052 Glasgow - Lanark Glasgow Central - Motherwell
320305 2121 Lanark - Glasgow C Motherwell - Glasgow Central
Was good to have the old Silverlink 321's North of the border! Returning on the up service 1M11 Glasgow portion was already in with, to much joy, 87002 up front. A few pints in the atmospheric station bar, then aboard the sleeper seats which are directly behind the "seven".
We left right time and after hearing 002 screaming out of Motherwell i dossed out. I woke a few times to hear her screaming and later in the night arcing on frosty wires. We again were diverted via Brum so we passed Leighton just after six for a right time arrival in Euston. An excellent last loco for the year.
Jan 2017 leap
On Sunday January 8th i joined 1S25 for its 2057 departure from Euston. This time 87002 was on the blocks with the emcars, 90046 powering. A fairly quiet seated sleeper
section meant a reasonable doss. Single line working in the Beattock area meant a 50 minute delay which was never fully recovered by the forwarding duo 66733 and an etheling 73971. These "ED's" sound weird in ETH ethel mode.
90046 2057(8/1) Euston - Inverness Euston - Waverly (via Northampton)
66733} 2057 (8/1) Euston - Inverness Waverly - Inverness
73971} (eh only)
158731} 1045 Inverness - Edinburgh Inverness - Aviemore
158708} 1036 Edinburgh - Inverness Aviemore - Inverness
158711 0855 Inverness - Kyle Inverness - Kyle
158706 1346 Kyle - Inverness Kyle - Inverness
43300} 0755 Inverness - Kings X Inverness - Aviemore
158704} 1036 Edinburgh - Inverness Aviemore - Inverness
G-EZAI Inverness Airport - Luton Airport