Today (30th September), I found myself on the line side once again, catching up with new Class 68s together with The Royal Scotsman. To begin, I headed for a spot overlooking Needlefield Yard and Welsh’s Bridge Junction to see which Class 68 was operating the daily intermodal service. Instead of the now usual DRS branded locomotive, something akin to the old Wrexham & Shropshire livery was to be found on No. 68 014. The loco is one of a small batch which will eventually replace Class 67s on Chiltern services which themselves were once used on the W&SR route and only rebranded for Chiltern.
The usual Class 08, No. 08523, was shunting the Sleeper stock too…
Now, a quick run up the hill to Culloden Moor and the Nairn Viaduct to catch a very early running Carrbridge – Dundee leg of The Royal Scotsman. Class 57, No. 57313 was in charge. An air-con Mark 2 coach, No. 9493, brings up the rear.
A routine shot of a Turbostar…awful quality of stock for such long distance services such as Inverness – Edinburgh.
Finally, 68 014 makes an appearance with the south bound intermodal.