The lines we did, the Highland Line-Perth-Inverness

 

Intro

 

My first trip on the Highland line was back in July 1958 but unfortunately being 10 months old i have no idea of the power! Having family in Inverness allowed frequent visits, free board! and a good few "Freedoms" based in Inverness.

The scenery continues to impress and with the sleeper you get the delights of waking up at Dalwhinnie or wherever, a world apart from Euston and i continue to do the Highland line a few times each year.

A few failures, railtours, farces too all hopefully detailed below. There is still the air of the unexpected with unreliable 73s currently on the sleeper so i can hopefully build on my loco tally a bit more.

 

Failures

 

47193 - August 2nd 1975 -

47193 one of Crewe's finest had worked the 13 coach Clansman North from Mossend and

arrived Inverness about 10 down. As I approached the loco on the platforms smoke started billowing from the 47's bogies and through the top. The driver quickly pulled the fire switch and the smoke quickly vanished.

 

40123 - September 1st 1977 -

40123 had put in a characteristically noisy run North on the 1740 Edinburgh - Inverness. We

were checked at Tomatin for an up train. On departure the loco thrash was suddenly silenced by a loud bang. A few attempts at a restart failed and about 50 minutes later 26013 arrived from Inverness to haul us into Inverness well late.

 

47419 - May 29th 1982 -

The down "Internal Overnight" was already well late after 47149 had failed at Larbert with the Glasgow - Inverness portion, 37096 assisting to Perth. 47419 on the combined train then failed at milepost 34 South of Blair Athol. After a long, long delay 27037 took us forward to Blair Athol before returning to its up van train.

27111 and 27038 then arrived from the North and worked us forward several hours down.

 

47467 - January 18th 1989 -

47467 was low on power on the up "Internal Overnight" after a short delay 47641 assisted forward.

 

47790 - October 25th 1997

47790 on the down "Royal Highlander" overnight sleeper slipped to a stand on frosty rails at Struan North of Blair Athol. After a long delay 47773 arrived from Perth to bank us to Dalwhinnie from where 47790 went forward unassisted.

 

47733 - July 24th 2001

47733 on the down "Royal Highlander" overnight sleeper failed at Dunkeld with the driver getting out and kicking the loco after a restart failed! 47758 arrived from Perth to take us forward well late.

 

 

 

 

Other Highland line bits

 

5330} August 71

5333}

I was recently reminded of this first Highland line trip. I had travelled solo aged just 13 from Leighton Buzzard including a taxi from Glasgow Central to Queen St. I was dressed in my rancid Sunday best brown suit and with a fiver pinned in my top pocket for emergencies!

 

47476 Feb 76

A rare for me daylight Winter Highland line run with 47476 battling through thick snow from Carrbridge to Dunkeld, wonderful sights and sounds

 

 

40050 Sep 77

On a weeks Freedom me and a mate sampled 40050 in full song from Perth to Inverness

on Sep 7th and Sep 9th 1977. On Sep 10th on 40050 on the 0815 Inverness - Glasgow we all bellowed over Scholdt with a damn good flail at the "German Soldier's Helmet" rock formation just South of the summit too. The unique rock formation survives today and still gets a wave on passing

 

37287 and 47096 Jan 27th 1985

The snow was very thick and the wind was causing severe drifting over Drumochter. We were checked at Aviemore waiting for the independant plough to clear the lines. 37287 and 47096 were uncoupled and moved forward to top up 47096's strong boiler before we departed 2 hours down.

Over Drumochter we crossed the down Highland Chieftain tram with a 26 piloting it! 26006 was on Inverness spare the next morning and it is highly likely this was the HST pilot that stormy Sunday night

My Highland line loco haulages full list

 

5330} Queen St-Inverness 1725 Glasgow - Inverness -/8/71

5333} -/8/71

5340} Inverness-Perth 0820 Inverness - Edinburgh 1/8/72

5344} 1/8/72

Heres 5330 and 5344 arriving in Inverness with the "Royal Highlander" from Euston on 300772

 

5116} Perth-Inverness 1725 Glasgow - Inverness 1/8/72

5333} 1/8/72

5344} Inverness-Waverly 0820 Inverness - Edinburgh 4/8/72

5333} 4/8/72

24130} Queen St-Inverness 1735 Glasgow - Inverness 31/7/75

26033} 31/7/75

47193# Perth-Inverness 0940 Euston-Inverness 2/8/75

# caught fire on arrival at Inverness

26021} Inverness-Queen St 2345 Inverness-Glasgow 3/8/75

27011} 3/8/75

40061 Perth-Inverness 1735 Glasgow - Inverness 4/8/75

24116} Queen St-Inverness 1735 Glasgow - Inverness 6/8/75

26012} 6/8/75

24113} Inverness-Queen St 1635 Inverness - Glasgow 7/8/75

26014} 7/8/75

26025} Queen St-Inverness 1735 Glasgow - Inverness 9/8/75

26011} 9/8/75

40115 Inverness-Eastfield 1215 Inverness - Glasgow 13/8/75

Probably off a Highland line turn 40063 whistles onto Lochgorm depot 310176

 

 

47467 Moss End-Inverness 0940 Euston-Inverness 29/1/76

47467 Inverness-Moss End 1030 Inverness-Euston 4/2/76

40123# Perth-Tomatin 1740 Edinburgh-Inverness 1/9/77

# failed on full power with a loud bang.

26013 Tomatin-Inverness 1740 Edinburgh-Inverness 1/9/77

25078} Inverness-Perth 0815 Inverness-Glasgow 3/9/77

25233} 3/9/77

26031} Haymarket-Inverness 1740 Edinburgh-Inverness 3/9/77

26034} 3/9/77

25227} Inverness-Perth 2345 Inverness-Glasgow/Edinburgh 4/9/77

25241} 4/9/77

26028} Waverly-Inverness 2305 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 6/9/77

25076} 6/9/77

40050 Perth-Inverness 1740 Edinburgh-Inverness 7/9/77

47427 Inverness-Perth 1030 Inverness-Euston 8/9/77

40050 Perth-Inverness 1740 Edinburgh-Inverness 8/9/77

47516 Inverness-Moss End 1030 Inverness-Euston 9/9/77

40167 Perth-Inverness 1740 Edinburgh-Inverness 9/9/77

40050 Inverness-Perth 0815 Inverness-Glasgow 10/9/77

26012} Perth-Inverness 1740 Edinburgh-Inverness 10/9/77

26043} 10/9/77

40167 Inverness-Edinburgh 2345 Inverness-Edinburgh/Glasgow 11/9/77

47274 Perth-Inverness 2320 Glasgow/Edinburgh-Inverness 13/9/77

47141 Inverness-Aviemore 0815 Inverness-Glasgow 25/9/80

40081 Aviemore-Newtonmore 0945 Inverness-Edinburgh 25/9/80

47104 Newtonmore-Aviemore 0905 Glasgow-Inverness 25/9/80

47544 Aviemore-Inverness 0945 Edinburgh-Inverness 25/9/80

47544 Inverness-Kingussie 1642 Inverness-Edinburgh 25/9/80

40081 Kingussie-Aviemore 1525 Edinburgh-Inverness 25/9/80

47472 Aviemore-Inverness 0935 Euston-Inverness 25/9/80

40165 Inverness-Aviemore 0945 Inverness-Edinburgh 26/9/80

47550 Aviemore-Kingussie 1040 Inverness-Euston 26/9/80

47011 Kingussie-Aviemore 0905 Glasgow-Inverness 26/9/80

47210 Aviemore-Inverness 0945 Edinburgh-Inverness 26/9/80

47467 Perth-Inverness 0935 Euston-Inverness 29/5/81

47053 Inverness-Perth 0815 Inverness-Glasgow 1/6/81

47419# Edinburgh-Blair Athol (m/p 34) 2305 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 28/5/82

# failed here

27037 m/p 34-Blair Athol 2305 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 29/5/82

27111} Blair Athol-Inverness 2305 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 29/5/82

27038} 29/5/82

47403 Inverness-Aviemore 1430 Inverness-Glasgow 29/5/82

47546 Aviemore-Inverness 1322 Edinburgh-Inverness 29/5/82

47570 Kircaldy-Dunkeld 1710 Edinburgh-Inverness 30/5/82

37035} Dunkeld-Perth 1745 Inverness-Edinburgh 30/5/82

47434} 30/5/82

47109 Perth-Inverness 2305 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 1/6/82

47160 Inverness-Perth 1430 Inverness-Glasgow 1/6/82

47570 Larbert-Inverness 1735 Glasgow-Inverness 2/6/82

26023#}Inverness-Stirling 0830 Inverness-Edinburgh 3/6/82

26027#} 3/6/82

# 47209 failed on earlier diagram

47469 Stirling-Inverness 2310 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 2/8/83

47416 Inverness-Perth 1430 Inverness-Glasgow 2/8/83

47595 Perth-Inverness 2310 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 10/4/84

47467 Inverness-Perth 1030 Inverness-Euston 10/4/84

26003} Edinburgh-Inverness "Grampian Highlander" 2130 St.Pancras-Inverness Railtour

26007} 17/11/84

xos "teacups" over Culloden Viaduct with 26003 and 26007 powering the Grampian highlander tour North on 171184

 

47096 Perth-Inverness 2325 Edinburgh-Inverness 27/1/85

37287#} Inverness-Perth 1700 Inverness-Edinburgh 27/1/85

47096#}

# delayed 2 hrs at Aviemore awaiting snow plough to clear Drumochter

47546 Perth-Inverness 2305 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 29/1/85

47469 Inverness-Blair Athol 2350 Inverness-Glasgow/Edinburgh 29/1/85

47610 Blair Athol-Inverness 2305 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 30/1/85

47467 Inverness-Queen St 1220 Inverness-Glasgow 30/1/85

26041} Edinburgh-Inverness "Sutherland Highlander" 1710 Cardiff-Thurso Railtour 4/5/85

26032} 4/5/85

26032} Inverness-Edinburgh "Sutherland Highlander" 1225 Thurso-Cardiff Railtour 4/5/85

26041} 4/5/85

47614 Perth-Inverness 2330 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 12/12/85

47006 Perth-Invernes 1803 Glasgow-Inverness 20/6/86

47473 Inverness-Stirling 1650 Inverness-Glasgow 22/6/86

47470 Moss End-Inverness 2055 Euston-Invernes 18/9/87

47640 Inverness-Moss End 1930 Inverness-Euston 27/9/87

47644 Perth-Inverness 2325 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 14/1/89

47643 Inverness-Queen St 1625 Inverness-Glasgow 14/1/89

47570 Inverness-Aviemore 1935 Inverness-Euston 16/1/89

47622 Aviemore-Inverness 1803 Glasgow-Inverness 16/1/89

47546 Inverness-Queen St 2340 Inverness-Edinburgh/Glasgow 16/1/89

47563 Perth-Blair Atho 2325 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 18/1/89

47467 Blair Athol-Perth 2340 Inverness-Edinburgh/Glasgow 18/1/89

47641# Pitlochary-Queen St 2340 Inverness-Edinburgh/Glasgow 18/1/89

# assisted due low power on 47467

47470 Waverly-Inverness 2325 Edinburgh/Glasgow-Inverness 18/1/89

47644 Inverness-Queen St 0655 Inverness-Glasgow 19/1/89

47704 Carstairs-Inverness 2205 Euston-Inverness 20/6/90

47643 Carstairs-Inverness 2110 Euston-Inverness 17/1/91

47518 Inverness-Waverly 1010 Inverness-Euston 18/1/91

37285} Waverly-Inverness 1440 Edinburgh-Inverness 17/8/92

37251} 17/8/92

37221 Inverness-Haymarket 1015 Inverness-Edinburgh 20/8/92

37510} Waverly-Invernes 2055 Euston-Inverness 16/8/93

37113} 16/8/83

37113} Inverness-Waverly 2020 Inverness-Euston 19/8/93

37510} 19/8/93

37683} Carstairs-Inverness 2130 Euston-Inverness 18/8/94

37685} 18/8/94

The magic of the Sleepers 37683 and 37685 fill the early morning air with much thrash as the climb up to Drumochter with 1S25 sleeper on 180894

 

37427 Inverness-Aviemore 1015 Inverness-Edinburgh 24/8/94

37262 Inverness-Aviemore 1015 Inverness-Edinburgh 25/8/94

 

37262 awaits departure time with the 1015 Inverness - Edinburgh on 250894. Many of us still considered her Stratford rubbish at the time!

37088 Aviemore-Inverness 0925 Edinburgh-Inverness 25/8/94

37184 Inverness-Aviemore 1015 Inverness-Edinburgh 26/8/94

37184 Inverness-Waverly 1015 Inverness-Edinburgh 27/8/94

37685} Waverly -Inverness 2130 Euston-Inverness 19/4/95

37240} 19/4/95

47763 Waverly -Inverness 2130 Euston-Inverness 16/5/96

47791 Waverly -Inverness 2130 Euston-Inverness 27/3/97

47790 Inverness- Waverly 2020 Inverness-Euston 30/3/97

47790# Waverly -Inverness 2130 Euston-Inverness 25/10/97

# slipped to stand at Struan (frost)

47773 Struan-Dalwhinnie 2130 Euston-Inverness 25/10/97

47790 Inverness-Waverly 2020 Inverness-Euston 26/10/97

47790 Waverly-Inverness 2130 Euston-Inverness 8/4/98

47767 Inverness-Waverly 2020 Inverness-Euston 12/4/98

47565#} Waverly-Inverness 2130 Euston-Inverness 29/10/98

47756#} 29/10/98

# pilot due leaf fall

47565#} Inverness-Waverly 2020 Inverness-Euston 1/11/98

47756#} 1/11/98

47634 Waverly-Inverness 2110 Euston-Inverness 5/4/99

47634 Inverness-Waverly 2020 Inverness-Euston 11/4/99

47773 Waverly-Inverness 2130 Euston-Inverness 20/4/00

47764 Inverness-Waverly 2020 Inverness-Euston 23/4/00

47733 Waverly-Dunkeld (fail) 2105 Euston-Inverness 24/7/01

47758} Dunkeld-Inverness 2105 Euston-Inverness 24/7/01

47733(d)}

 

47758 with failed 47733 at Inverness with the late running 2105 Euston - Inverness on 240701

 

 

47791} Inverness-Waverly 2040 Inverness-Euston 25/7/01

47733(d)}

67003 Waverly-Inverness 2105 Euston-Inverness 8/4/03

67010 Inverness-Waverly 2040 Inverness-Euston 10/4/03

67025 Waverly-Inverness 2105 Euston-Inverness 25/2/04

67015 Inverness-Waverly 2040 Inverness-Euston 26/2/04

67024 Waverly-Inverness 2030 Euston-Inverness 2/8/04

67008 Inverness-Waverly 2040 Inverness-Euston 6/8/04

67007 Waverly-Inverness 2115 Euston-Inverness 01/3/05

67008 Inverness-Waverly 2040 Inverness-Euston 03/3/05

67009 Waverly-Inverness 2115 Euston-Inverness 28/2/06

67014 Inverness-Waverly 2040 Inverness-Euston 03/3/06

67015 Waverly-Inverness 2115 Euston-Inverness 15/8/06

67004 Inverness-Waverly 2040 Inverness-Euston 17/8/06

67012 Waverly-Inverness 2013 Euston-Inverness 27/2/07

67012 Inverness-Waverly 2040 Inverness-Euston 1/3/07

40145 Linlithgow-Georgemas Jn 2159 Linlithgow-Thurso Railtour 23/6/07

 

40145 at Perth in the wee hours with the epic Linlithgow - Thurso SRPS tour on 230607

 

67009 Inverness-Waverly 2040 Inverness-Euston 26/6/07

67030 Waverly-Inverness 2115 (23/01) Euston - Inverness 24/1/08

67011 Waverly - Inverness 2115 (18/2) Euston -Inverness 19/02/08

67011 Inverness - Waverly 2040 (22/2) Inverness-Euston 22/02/08

67007 Waverly - Inverness 2115 (21/7) Euston - Inverness 22/07/08

67007 Inverness - Waverly 2038 Inverness - Euston 25/07/08

67009 Waverly-Inverness 2115 (22/1) Euston - Inverness 22/01/09

67030 Inverness-Waverly 2038 Inverness-Euston 23/01/09

67011 Waverly-Inverness 2115 (09/3) Euston-Inverness 10/3/09

67011 Inverness-Waverly 2038 Inverness-Euston 12/3/09

67009 Waverly - Inverness 2116 (18/1) Euston-Inverness 19/01/10

67011 Inverness-Waverly 2046 Inverness-Euston 22/01/10

67007 Inverness-Waverly 2046 Inverness-Euston 20/01/11

67007 Waverly-Inverness 2115 (14/2) Euston-Inverness 15/02/11

67007 Inverness-Waverly 2046 Inverness-Euston 17/02/11

67030 Waverly-Inverness 2055(10/7) Euston-Inverness 11/07/11

6700 Inverness-Waverly 2046 Inverness-Euston 14/07/11

67030 Inverness-Waverly 2046 Inverness-Euston 16/11/11

67024 Waverly-Inverness 2115(16/1) Euston-Inverness 17/1/12

67024 Inverness-Waverly 2047 Inverness-Euston 19/1/12

67011 Waverly-Inverness 2115(24/4) Euston-Inverness 25/04/12

67027 Inverness-Waverly 2044 Inverness-Euston 24/01/13

67004 Waverly-Inverness 2115 (9/10) Euston - Inverness 10/10/13

67030 Inverness-Waverly 2044 Inverness-Euston 15/10/13

67004 Waverly - Inverness 2115 (15/1) Euston - Inverness 16/1/14

67009 Inverness - Waverly 2044 Inverness - Euston 20/1/14

67011 Edinburgh - Inverness 2115 (5/3) Euston - Inverness 6/3/14

37259} Crewe - Kyle 1Z50 0140 Crewe - Kyle "Lochalsh Highlander" RT

37423} 25/4/14

37423} Kyle - Crewe 1Z51 1608 Kyle - Crewe Rtn Railtour 25/4/14 37259} 25/5/14

67028 Waverly - Inverness 2057(18/1) Euston - Inverness 19/1/15

67015 Waverly - Inverness 2116 (2/3) Euston - Inverness 3/3/15

Former Chiltern skip 67015 at a wintry Inverness with 1S25 on 030315

 

67007} Waverly - Inverness 21166 (21/10) Euston - Inverness 22/10/15

67011}

67007} Aviemore - Inverness 2116 (23/10) Euston - Inverness 24/10/15

67011}

67015 Waverly - Inverness 20057 (28/2) Euston - Inverness 29/02/16

67012 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2028 (1/5) Euston- Inverness 2/5/16

67012 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2044 (2/5) Inverness - Euston 2/5/16

66733} Waverley - Inverness 1S25 2057 (8/1) Euston - Inverness 9/1/17

73971(idling)}

A similar combo on 121017, 66740 and 73966 on 1S25 sleepers on 120117

 

67013 Waverley - Inverness 1S25 2115 (14/3) Euston - Inverness 15/3/17

67020 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2057(6/8) Euston -Inverness 7/8/17

67020 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2044 Inverness - Euston 9/8/17

67007 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2057(3/12) Euston -Inverness 4/12/17

67007 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2044 Inverness - Euston 5/12/17

All doors are open on a very mild 051217 with Sleeper regular 67007 at the head of 1M16

 

67018 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2057 (14/1) Euston - Inverness 15/1/18

67007 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2057 (4/3) Euston - Inverness 5/3/18

67007 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2045 Inverness - Euston 6/3/18

67030 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2026 Inverness - Euston 6/5/18

A "Royal Skip" in 67005 waiting time at Kingussie on 040618

67005 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2026 (3/6) Euston - Inverness 4/6/18

67030 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2045 Inverness - Euston 6/6/18

67007 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2057(6/1) Euston - Inverness 7/1/19

67007 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2045 Inverness - Euston 10/1/19

67007 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2057(3/3) Euston - Inverness 4/3/19

67007 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2045 Inverness - Euston 5/3/19

67007 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2026(28/4) Euston - Inverness 29/4/19

67007 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2045 Inverness - Euston 30/4/19

67002 Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2057 (1/9) Euston - Inverness 2/9/19

67002 Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2045 Inverness - Euston 4/9/19

73969} Waverly - Inverness 1S25 2057 (2/2) Euston - Inverness 3/2/20

73970}

The current power for the sleepers, 73969 and 73970 on 1S25 at the Highland blocks on 030220

73970} Inverness - Waverly 1M16 2045 Inverness - Euston 7/2/20

73969}

 

The locos sampled

24113/116/130.......... 3

25076/078/227/233/241.............5

26003/007/011/012/013/014/021/023/025/027/028/030/031/032/033/034/040/041/043/044 ............20

27011/037/038/111................................. 4

37035/088/113/184/221/240/251/259/262/285/287....................... 11

37510/683/685.............................3

37423/427.......................................2

40050/061/081/115/123/145/165/167.................................8

47006/011/053/096/104/109/141/160/193/274...........................10

47403/416/419/427/434/467/469/470/472/473/516/518/544/546/550//563/565/570/595/610

/614/622/634/640/641/643/644............................. 26

47704/733/756/758/763/764/773/790/791............ 9

66733......................... 1

67002/3/4/5/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/18/20/24/25/27/28/30.................. 20

73969/970/971................... 3

 

TOTAL........................................ 125

 

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