|Class 37, Newcastle|
The 11 coach train was pulled by a pair of the now rare class 37 diesels and the journey began at 6.45am on mayday bank holiday monday. The train picked up at most stops filling to capacity by Berwick.
|Royal Border Bridge, Berwick|
|The Cobbler, Loch Long|
|Arrochar and Loch Long|
|Arrival in Oban|
|McCaigs Folly and seagull. Oban|
Oban looks out to the island of Kerrara and Mull beyond where there is an abundance of passenger ferry activity.
|MV Lord of The Isles|
|Vervine fishing boat, Oban|
|North East Railtours Newcastle Central station.|
The following entries have nothing to do with me and credit goes to the rail enthusiasts via Youtube, who filmed both off and on the train and it may or may not be of interest depending on who is checking out this post at such a late stage. Rail enthusiasts would have probably caught this clip first anyway but I just put it in to complete this post and the day out.
The first Youtube clip records part of the day from a line side film maker, it is not the most scenic of films as his interest is probably in the rarity of the railway event that once spoke of the days when these locomotives plied their trade on routine passenger services up until 1989. The film is taken at various points between the River Clyde and Arrochar beside Loch Lomond. Incidentally, I have worked out that you can see my left arm in an open window of a door on 40 seconds at the front of the cream carriage as I was looking for photographic opportunities. During the second half of the film on the return run we were having dinner at this point.
Secondly an on board rail enthusiast recorded selected scenic and diesel film clips from the train window. His interest is probably more in the class 37 diesels but the more dramatic aspects of the film are shown in the second half of the film as the scenery and railway line become more spectacular. Interestingly enough, I noticed that between the times of 7:14 - 7:23 at Arrochar and Tarbet, you can see the film maker recording part of the film clip shown above ! )
The last entry is part 2 by the same enthusiast and demonstrates the continuation of the journey from Crianlarich. The railway junction and the line to Fort William and Mallaig is shown at 00:50 seconds, Oban station at roughly midpoint (thumbnail image) and he got off and filmed the train leaving Edinburgh Waverley at the end...