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Date: 01/25/23 07:14
Scotland Steam Questions
Author: swirsk53

 am planning to travel in Scotland this summer and are planning 2 days on trains behind steam  I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has ridden either

First is the 21st Century Steam Aberdonian from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and back 
- is the Tornado going to be back in service in time for trips in July?
- how much time on train each way from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and back
-experience with First Class v. Tourist Class - what are differences in equipmennt/seating/amenities?
-Premier Dining - website shows as sold out for the date i am looking at but would like to hear expiences
-Experiences riding this or their other routes?

Second is the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to to Mallaig via Glenfinnan viaduct 
-is it always steam? 
-experience riding? 


Thanks 



Date: 01/25/23 07:54
Re: Scotland Steam Questions
Author: 86235

Edinburgh to Aberdeen is approx 130 miles, normal Scotrail / LNER trains take about 150 minutes with a number of stops, I imagine a steam hauled railtour will take longer, as there'll probably be at least one water stop.

By the look of it the cars are classic non-airconditioned BR Mk1s, first class will be 2+1 seating, standard class 2+2. If there are compartments, a first class compartment will seat six, a standard class eight.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Railways_Mark_1

I rode behind Tornado on an evening railtour from London about 10 years ago, great fun. The route from Edinburgh to Aberdeen is very scenic, you have the two iconic bridges over the Forth and the Tay, the sea is always close by, you want to sit on the right hand side for the best views. Still plenty of semaphore signals too. Aberdeen's not the greatest destination in the world, it's called the Granite City because that's what it's built of, grey granite but the journey more than compensates.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/25/23 08:00 by 86235.



Date: 01/25/23 13:12
Re: Scotland Steam Questions
Author: exhaustED

FW to Mallaig is sublime if the sun's shinig...



Date: 01/28/23 13:35
Re: Scotland Steam Questions
Author: Peak45068

exhaustED Wrote:
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> FW to Mallaig is sublime if the sun's shinig...

Especially with a 27.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 01/28/23 14:09
Re: Scotland Steam Questions
Author: exhaustED

Peak45068 Wrote:
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> exhaustED Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
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> > FW to Mallaig is sublime if the sun's shinig...
>
> Especially with a 27.
>

Those were the days!



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