Hebridean Express

A loco-hauled railtour run by the Wirral Railway Circle from Crewe to Kyle of Lochalsh between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th September 1976.



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Following an overnight run from Crewe via the Settle and Carlisle and a loco change at Perth, at around 7am, 47045 stands at the head of the 15 coach train at Aviemore, preparing to hand over the rear 7 coaches for a run over the Strathspey Railway to Boat of Garten behind Black 5 5025.

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The steam loco ran round at Boat of Garten at the then end of the line, and is seen preparing to return to Aviemore. Although there were no regular passenger trains on the line at this time, this was the first of two through specials onto the Strathspey Railway on this day.

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At Inverness, 4 sleeping car coaches were removed, and the train continued to Kyle of Lochalsh formed of 11 coaches behind 40062. At Garve, 26046 on a service to Inverness was passed.

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At Kyle of Lochalsh, 40062 is seen on the blocks at the terminus. Class 40s were fairly rare at this location.

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Finally, 40062 waits at the head of the return train, for a departure at 17:10 for a further overnight run back to Crewe.

For more details on this tour and the route taken visit Six Bells Junction