At last, the Royal Scotsman season kicks off with the first tour of the year, a ‘Classic’ tour of five days’ duration which takes in the Aberdeen-Inverness line, a run to Kyle of Lochalsh and down the Highland line too. West Coast Railways has the contract for haulage and crews once again, offering 47 787 Windsor Castle as traction for the first run. It should be another excellent year with Class 47s regularly diagrammed for the Kyle line once again!
Dull weather greeted the train’s arrival in Nairn this morning (not normally this dull as the sun always shines in Nairn – honest!).
A brief pause to surrender the Forres – Nairn single line token before continuing west to Inverness and kyle of Lochalsh. The Class 158 on the other line formed the 11.15hrs Nairn – Aberdeen service which started in Inverness.