Grampian Explorer

A DMU railtour run by the Branch Line Society covering rare track around the north-east and north of Scotland on Sunday 25th August 1991. Highlights were: Aberdeen Waterloo Goods, Keith Strathisla Platform, Elgin Goods, Burghead, Inverness Connection and Boat of Garten.

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The tour stands in the branch platform at Keith station, after a short trip down the Dufftown line as far as Strathisla Platform. The line beyond Strathisla had closed earlier that year (March 1991), but the stretch to Strathisla was retained for a few years for visits to the distillery. 156503 is the nearest unit, with 156514 behind.

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A very rare sight on DMU railtours, as the tour sits in two platforms simultaneously at Inverness station. This is because it was necessary to split the train into 2 parts in order to traverse the triangle connection between the north and south facing terminal platforms. Having reversed at Rose St Junction, the train arrived from the north into Platform 5. 156514 has already made the double reverse shunt into platform 4, and now 156503 is in position to start its move. Clearances to the points were very tight as can be seen, as the Station Ground Frame is being operated.

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156503, makes the rare move southwards out of Platform 5 at Inverness.

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From Inverness, the tour proceeded via a reversal at Aviemore to Boat of Garten station, terminus at that time of the Strathspey Railway. This is the view looking north as the train is readied to return to Glasgow.

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Again at Boat of Garten, this time looking south, with the Strathspey's Hunslet No 60 waiting to run round a service train.


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