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