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"Forth/Fife Circle Steam Specials" (etc)

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  1. chdot
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  2. Arellcat
    Moderator

    Something a little different this coming Saturday, when the Midland (blue, HST-hauled) Pullman visits from Swindon, arriving at Waverley around 1pm with the "Edinburgh Christmas Pullman", and departing just before 4pm:

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-nr:U68261/2023-11-18/detailed

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-nr:U68264/2023-11-18/detailed

    It comes to Edinburgh again on Tuesday 21st Nov, Thursday 23rd Nov, and Saturday 9th Dec.

    I've heard tell that 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley and/or D9000 Royal Scots Grey will be visiting on 23rd Nov as well:

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/detailed/gb-nr:EDB/2023-11-23/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=non-passenger&order=wtt&toc=LS

    There is a return to Watford scheduled for that afternoon but not sure which loco is involved - though I suspect it's D9000 which is based at Crewe.

    I think 60007 may do the Fife Circle on the Saturday and then return to York on the Sunday but not all of the timings are on RTT yet.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  3. chdot
    Admin

    and make our way along the coast towards Kirkcaldy, passing the Castle and beach at Aberdour and the beaches at Burntisland and Kinghorn, before turning back inland via Dunfermline. The train will then head along the Forth Estuary onto a rarely used goods only line which has stunning views. This part of the route takes us along more than 5 miles of coastline, while passing the historic village of Culross and the edge of Torry Bay Local Nature Reserve. We then pass through Alloa and along the reopened route to Stirling

    https://steamdreams.co.uk/journey/forth-bridge-lunchtime-tour/

    That site says departs at 11, but there’s an SR train to Dundee then, so presumably slightly later.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  4. chdot
    Admin

    Looks like the Deltic not coming to Ed -

    Day 1 - London to Edinburgh

    Diesel hauled London to York & steam hauled York to Edinburgh.

    We leave London Kings Cross behind a vintage Deltic Diesel locomotive. Designed to replace the steam locomotives on the prestigious named express services, such as the Coronation & Flying Scotsman running from London to Edinburgh the Deltics are capable of speeds of up to 100mph. This quick turn of speed helps us progress rapidly northwards up the ECML to York. At York our Deltic detaches and stables to await our return journey and A4 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" our steam locomotive for the holiday is attached. Leaving York at a more relaxed pace with wisps of steam passing the window we continue on the ECML passing over the viaducts above Durham with views down onto the city and then further north cross the Tyne at Newcastle on the impressive King Edward Bridge in the low afternoon sun. We cross the border under the cover of darkness as we make our way up the North Sea coastline to Edinburgh.

    https://santa-express.steamdreams.co.uk/tours.php?tourid=72759

    Posted 8 months ago #
  5. chdot
    Admin

  6. Arellcat
    Moderator

    Earlier:


    By George, it's the Pullman

    Posted 8 months ago #
  7. urchaidh
    Member

    Sir Nigel Gresley is in town I think, parked up at Joppa. Not moving tomorrow, Fife Circle on Saturday and back to London on Sunday. (very much 'I think' - happy to be corrected by those with a better understanding of RTT)

    Posted 7 months ago #
  8. gembo
    Member

    Looks like you are getting away with your wild speculations @urchaidh.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  9. Arellcat
    Moderator

    This morning:


    Andania 'nother thing



    Diesel Depot deputy

    Sir Nigel Gresley was indeed in town but failed sometime after arrival on Thursday with a broken piston ring that the steam valve then ingested. Class 40 D213 Andania took the tour round the Forth instead.

    The all-knowing bods on RailForums have found movement scheduled for Monday in which SNG will be towed to Carlisle by a class 20. I believe Crewe is the main destination but the path wasn't confirmed.

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-nr:18462/2023-11-27/detailed

    Posted 7 months ago #
  10. urchaidh
    Member

    Spotted it still in Porty this morning, when it should have been in Fife, being pored over by people with huge spanners. Was hoping it would be back in action tomorrow as had planned to watch it head south through Brunstane Farm.

    https://x.com/urchaidh/status/1728414919479947657?s=20

    Posted 7 months ago #
  11. gembo
    Member

    Lord Belborough, Mr Brackett and Mr Roger Varley will not have been happy.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  12. fimm
    Member

    Oh, I saw Sir Nigel Gresley from the train - on Friday, it must have been. I thought of this thread but forgot to post on it.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  13. gembo
    Member

    Ye Jacobite No More
    Too many doors

    Unless appeal won
    Tho we are up Glenfinnan

    Posted 7 months ago #
  14. Arellcat
    Moderator

    Speaking of trainy stuff no more, I was a little sad to see that the Shawfair mega-village suburb and possible associated works is now apparently taking over the former Monktonhall colliery site which is sporting huge piles of topsoil and a lot of ground works going on, including the laying of some huge sewer pipes and comprehensive provision of HERAS fencing and security Daleks.

    What this means is that all routes from Harelaw to the remnants of the former Millerhill marshalling yard are also now off-limits to the public, thus ending decades of casual exploration. I'm glad I took the opportunity to properly root around the place three or four times (and which prompted the purchase of both of Michael Rhodes' books on the subject).

    Platform hills

    Posted 1 month ago #

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