Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Flying Scotsman at Linlithgow

Well, I think the 3:30am alarm was worth it to see the Flying Scotsman before she picked up her passengers for the journey south.

The world's most famous steam train had been on display at Bo'ness yesterday and was due back on to the network line at 06:40 so an early start was required.

Having picked our chosen location for the pictures, we learnt this morning that the Glasgow to Edinburgh line has recently been electrified adding unsightly pylons to the bridge over the River Avon at Linlithgow.

However, I'm happy with today's pictures as she picks up speed out of Bo'ness Junction.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Vic 32

Watching the black smoke come out of her funnel reminds me of watching the tales of Captain Para Handy in the TV comedy Vital Spark: of the adventures of Para and his crew as they travel about the West of Scotland on board the little puffer.

Vic 32 has been restored and plies her trade nowadays carrying passengers on short holidays and day trips around the Clyde and Western Isles.

Here she is taking a party on a day trip from Glasgow 'Doon the Watter'.

Monday, 2 May 2016

MSC Splendida

Took a trip down to the Esplanade for the first of this year's big cruise liners.

MSC Splendida had arrived earlier this morning from Kirkwall on her trip round the British Isles.

She departed just after 7:30pm bound for Dublin on the next part of her journey.

Friday, 29 April 2016

HMS Bulwark

Having set my alarm for 5am, I headed up to Renfrew on the rumour of "something exciting" heading for Glasgow in the early hours.

Looking at MarineTraffic before I left the house, I saw that HMS Bulwark was the surprise visitor. That made the trip more than worthwhile. I had read that she spent her 11th birthday in Scottish waters a few days earlier, so I knew that she was in the vicinity.

She came up the river assisted by all three local Svitzer tugs.

Bulwark is expected to leave Glasgow on Monday morning.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Exercise Joint Warrior 16-1

Time has come around again for the first of NATO's Joint Warrior exercises for 2016.

There seemed to be less naval participants than in some previous gatherings, however I was pleased to have seen vessels which I have not previously photographed.

More pictures are available in my Picasa galleries.

Spanish frigate ESPS Alvaro de Bazan passing Roseneath
RFA Wave Ruler A390 being escorted up Loch Long
C130 Hercules flying low over US supply ship Robert E Peary at entrance to Loch Striven
Three ships lying at the Roseneath anchorages
German submarine U34 enters the restricted waters of Gareloch
A spot of fishing going on perhaps? Danish support ship Absalon heading for Glasgow
German support ship FGS Donau A516 leaving Faslane after the Sunday briefing
KDM Peter Willemoes passes the Rhu spit escorted by two Svitzer tugs

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

North York Moors Railway

While the main aim of my trip to Yorkshire was to see the Flying Scotsman, I enjoyed seeing the regular traffic on the North York Moors railway.

The 18 mile heritage railway runs from Pickering to Grosmont through a beautiful scenery which I had not expected.

Along the route we stopped at Levisham and Goathland stations, the latter being famous for TV and film appearances as Aidensfield and Hogsmeade.

I look forward to visiting the area again in the future to visit locations which I did not fit into my tight schedule.

Class 37 diesel loco passing a signal near Levisham Station
Looking dead ahead
45428 steam loco "Eric Treacy" taking up the rear
Levisham Station
A happy carriage in a siding at Levisham
Firebox glowing on 76079 at Goathland Station
Please can I have some coal mister?
76079 waiting at Goathland
Back home at Grosmont and the embers have been dumped in the pit
Evening DMU ready to depart from Grosmont
A busy scene at Goathland Station
Goods wagons in one of Goathland's sidings
Not a great photograph but a reminder of where my dad spent most of his working life
Class 101 DMU
Getting 45428 ready for next day
Diesel loco 7628 "Sybilla" parked outside of Grosmont
Class 28 loco 3814 awaiting restoration