Vol 50: The Great Britain V, Part 1

On two discs, a 9-day tour of Great Britain by steam train.

In Part 1: London-York-Edinburgh with Bittern and Oliver Cromwell. To Aberdeen and Inverness with Scots Guardsman, Inverness to The Kyle with 5305 then back to Glasgow with Scots Guardsman. Meanwhile The Great Marquess worked to Fort William and Mallaig and back.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Special offer: buy volume 50 and get vol 51 half price.

YouTube clip: 45305 on the Kyle line.


Sat 21st Kings CrossYork, 4464 Bittern

Bolton Percy; Colton Junction.

YorkEdinburgh, 70013 Oliver Cromwell

Darlington; Bradbury; Durham; Cheswick; Berwick-upon-Tweed; Lamberton.

Sun 22nd  Train 1: EdinburghAberdeenInverness, 46115 Scots Guardsman

Queensferry; North Queensferry; Markinch; Lunan Bay; Insch to Wardhouse; Tillytarmont; Boat o’ Brigg; Elgin; Forres; Brodie Castle; Inverness.  After crossing the Forth Bridge, the train divided, with 46115 continuing to Aberdeen and Inverness, while 61994 proceeded to Fort William, via Stirling and the outskirts of Glasgow.

Train 2: Thornton JunctionFort William, 61994 The Great Marquess

Culross; Crianlarich; LochTulla / Achallader.  61994 was struggling with a badly clinkered fire. Running more than an hour late she had to stop at the top of the climb from Loch Lomond for a “blow up” before easing down the hill into Crianlarich, where more time was taken up cleaning the fire. The sun was setting and Laurie was on the point of giving up when the train finally appeared above Bridge Of Orchy.

Mon 23rd Train 1: Inverness Kyle of Lochalsh, Black Five 45305

Beauly; Fodderty to Achterneed; Gorstan (near Garve); Corriemoille; Achanalt; Loch Gowan; Attadale; Kyle of Lochalsh; Stromferry; Glen Carron; Loch a’ Chuilinn; Muir of Ord to Beauly.

Train 2: Fort WilliamMallaig, 61994 The Great Marquess

Glenfinnan; Morar; Mallaig; LochEilt.

Tue 24th Train 2: Fort William Glasgow, 61994 The Great Marquess

Horseshoe Curve; Crianlarich.

Train 1: Inverness Aviemore Glasgow, 46115 Scots Guardsman

Culloden; Tomatin & Findhorn Viaducts; leaving Aviemore; Drumochter; Dunkeld & Birnam; Birnam Wood; Byres of Murthly; Forteviot to Dunning; Aberuthven; Auchterarder.



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