The Great Britain V is ready

I’ve just put the finishing touches to The Great Britain V. It has produced two well-filled discs.

Part 1 covers The first 4 days, from London to the west coast of Scotland. For three of those days, the train was split into two parts. Scots Guardsman took one half to Inverness via Aberdeen, then 45305 took it to Kyle of Lochalsh and back. Meanwhile The Great Marquess took the other half to Fort William and Mallaig. Passengers were driven between Mallaig and the Kyle, and vice versa, so they got to ride both routes in one direction or the other.

Part 2 starts with a return trip from Glasgow to Stranraer, then follows the long trip south, via the Glasgow & South Western  route via Dumfries to Carlisle and the Settle & Carlisle line to Preston, on via Shreswsbury and Abergavenny to Bristol, then Plymouth and Penzance. After returning to Bristol behind a diesel, the final day took the tour to Gloucester (in pouring rain) and back to London.

I can now return to Mainline 2011. I have LMS, LNER and BR locos to cover yet. I’ve not decided how to group them. There might be enough material for three discs, but if there’s only enough for two, I might divide it into Winter/Spring and Summer/Autumn.

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