The footage used in this DVD was filmed in 1988 during a visit to
the Scottish Highlands, when most passenger trains were in the
hands of class 37 locomotives.
It starts with scenes of activity at Glasgow Central, before moving to
Glasgow Queen Street, terminus for trains on the West Highland line.
An interesting variety of locomotives is seen, including some class
26’s. Next we follow the West Highland line, initially visiting
Dumbarton Central and Helensburgh Central, before following the
line to a number of other locations, including Garelochhead,
Arrochar & Tarbet and Crianlarich. Visits are made to Oban and
Fort William. Steam between Fort William and Mallaig is extensively
featured, hauled by locomotive 2005. A class 20 is seen shunting at
Fort William, as well as the Royal Scotsman excursion train and the
The scene then moves to Kyle of Lochalsh and then on to Dingwall.
A journey is made from there to Thurso and back behind a class 37,
including scenes of the train splitting at Georgemas Junction.
The story continues with busy scenes at Inverness - including freight
movements - the Strathspey Railway, and then along the Highland
line to view movements at Perth. From Perth the scene moves south
to the Bo’ness & Kinnneil Railway, where an ex-Caledonian tank loco
was in action. Next the Forth Bridge and finally activity at Edinburgh
Waverley, including push pull operation on the Glasgow shuttle.
These trains comprised class 47’s in conjunction with mark 3 coaches
and driving van trailers.
Duration: 71 minutes
Photography by John Laker & Tony Ballantyne
Narrator: David Powell