Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Royal Scotsman

A regular visitor in Inverclyde this year, I decided to add to my gallery of of Royal Scotsman pictures.

57316 came down light to haul the luxury train to her overnight destination.

Fort Matilda Station is a good location to catch her on a long curve of track.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Scotrail Steam Tour

Scotrail don't run may steam train tours and today's engine, 60163 Tornado, isn't a normal steam engine.

She was completed in the 21st century but is based on the Peppercorn A1's of the 1940's.

Many people took advantage of a reduced price ticket offer on the trip from Stirling to Inverness, and as many people turned out along the route to watch her passing.

 We had a great day as we followed the loco as far as Dunkeld & Birnam station.

Tornado passing Greenfaulds Station on her way to start the tour
Tornado approaching Blackford
Level crossing and signal box at Blackford
Enthusiasts watching Tornado passing through Dunkeld & Birnam Station
Tornado passing through Dunkeld & Birnam Station
Semaphore signals ensures the line is clear for Tornado to pass through
Dunkeld & Birnam Station building

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette on her first visit to Greenock.

The 122,400 tonne ship is currently on a 12 night cruise around the British Isles, and will be making a return visit to the Clyde in August.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Royal Scotsman

The Royal Scotsman has visited Inverclyde several times this year and each time I've seen her she has had a different loco combination.

After starting the season being hauled by GBRailfreight engines, she is now using West Coast Railways locos.

Class 47 loco 47786 hauling the Royal Scotsman through Greenock Central Station
Enjoying the evening sun on the veranda of the Royal Scotsman
The Royal Scotsman passing through Greenock
57316 at the rear of the Royal Scotsman as it passes through Greenock

Friday, 22 May 2015

Greenock Esplanade

Offering unhindered views of the River Clyde and beyond, Greenock's Esplanade is an ideal location to view the comings and goings on the river.

At this time of year Greenock welcomes thousands of visitors on board the many cruise ships that berth at Greenock Ocean Terminal. Today was the first time I had seen MSC Splendida in Greenock.

Dredger Deo Gloria has been busy clearing the river bed around BAE shipyard in Govan and bringing the waste downriver to dump it in deeper open water.

Among the most frequent visitors to Greenock are the many container ships which have been loading and unloading at the Ocean Terminal for many decades.

As the evenings grow longer approaching the summer months others enjoy such activities as swimming and wind surfing.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Queen Mary 2

Cunard ships have a special status on the Clyde: some of the greatest ever liners were born on this river.

When Queen Mary 2 came for a visit, thousands came to see her off.

We were treated to a fireworks display as she slipped from the quay with a couple of loud blasts of her foghorn.

While in theory this sounded spectacular, it proved to be a nightmare for taking photographs with the ship being blurred in the long exposures I used to capture the fireworks.

The results are not my best photographs, but here are sharpest ones taken from the shoreline at the Esplanade.

Queen Mary 2 berthed at Greenock
Fireworks display
Fireworks display

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Steam loco 62005

The Jacobite steam tour season has started between Fort William and Mallaig.

Last weekend two Black 5's went up and this weekend K1 class loco 62005 came up from Yorkshire to join them.

She traveled to Dumbarton on Saturday and continued to Fort William on Sunday morning.

I watched as the loco operated by the North Eastern Loco Preservation Group came into Dumbarton Central station and backed slowly in to a siding to lie overnight.

On the Sunday morning we headed to Garelochhead to catch her on the West Highland Line, free of overhead power lines and pylons.