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SRPS Polmont - Fort William - Polmont 24 October 2015

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by sunstream, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. sunstream

    sunstream Member Friend

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    Times now on RTT:

    http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U63904/2015/10/24/advanced
    http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U63907/2015/10/24/advanced
     
  2. Bulleid Pacific

    Bulleid Pacific Part of the furniture

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    Good stuff in that its happening, although its even tighter (six minutes to be precise) for the 05:18 from Waverley- which worries me a tadge... The only good thing is that the ECS has to follow it to Polmont, so fingers crossed things will work out as planned, otherwise it will be an expensive peice of improvisation to shadow it by service train! Compared to that, getting back will be a doddle. The obligatory long wait for something to cross seems to be at Arrochar & Tarbet.
     
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    Has to cross the Northbound Alcans, which as from the end of 2013, has been extended in train length. This means it's now currently impossible for this train, plus a charter train longer than a loop, to pass. Results in what you see now, train runs to Arrochar and Black 5's plus POB's are detached and run in to the wood loading sidings while the diesel on rear pulls the stock back in to the loop entirely.
     
  4. Ian Riley

    Ian Riley Part of the furniture Loco Owner

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    Thus we have made this our 'water stop', the only one of the day, so no time wasted ;)
     
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    Excellent trip, and SRPS treated some standard class passengers to first class compartments due to the need to shorten the train for Arrochar and Tarbet on the return. The weather was variable, but there were some spectacular views to be had when the sun emerged, and three images I'll treasure are Monessie Gorge, curving around the Horseshoe Curve and the Crianlarich Hills. Had a slight hiccup with my camera when I discovered at Edinburgh Waverley that I'd left it on the charter, but managed to get it back. How I did is a story in itself...
     

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