Caledonian Sleeper

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  1. BRX

    BRX Established Member

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    Another droplight/morning coffee fan here; this little ritual will be sorely missed. I expect I'll be using the sleeper rather less often from now on.
     
  2. ainsworth74

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    Meanwhile I shall miss being able to enjoy the fresh air and views of the run from Fort William towards Glasgow. Nothing like the thrum of a diesel upfront whilst you travel over landscape where the only sign of human habitation is the train and track you're on.
     
  3. pitdiver

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    Can't agree more. a great experience not to be missed.
     
  4. Bletchleyite

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    It's a real shame they haven't considered an open-air "observation coach" for the Deerstalker specifically.
     
  5. Meerkat

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    Train version of a beer garden?
    Back of the train, retractable roof, open sides, a few picnic tables bolted down the middle.
    ORR would love it!
     
  6. philjo

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    So would the midges love the passengers sitting in the open air .....

    Could do with a panorama coach like the one I used last month across Austria to Zurich.
     
  7. Meerkat

    Meerkat Established Member

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    They can’t do over 7mph so they might struggle to keep up
     
  8. InOban

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    I'm sure that they would lie in wait at Corrour and Rannoch.
     
  9. JohnMcL7

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    Is it Wednesday night the last southbound run of the mk3's? I noticed 67004 looking rather lonely this morning in the station without the sleeper carriages although couldn't see if they were just over by the depot.
     
  10. BRX

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    If the Royal Scotsman can have it... why not the sleeper.

    Screen Shot 2019-10-08 at 12.29.59.jpg
     
  11. al78

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    They just need to get in when the train is stationary (i.e. at a station).
     
  12. xotGD

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    Rest assured comrades, I will do my bit at the droplight tomorrow morning, for old time's sake. Unless I get bowled out by a duff!
     
  13. Meerkat

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    But in a carriage with no sides they will get blown away as soon as the train leaves.
     
  14. BRX

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    Enjoy it.

    I made three 'ode to the droplight' videos last year, in anticipation of the end, which you can find in my sleeper playlist here:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY_mQ1w2B-xYYX6ckwkuRo2z3_mUu7qY
     
  15. Scotrail84

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    ScotRail operate 4 services each week day using Mk2s and will continue to do so for a while yet. They are peak time services on the fife circle. They get the odd run out at weekends as well, things like golf specials when major events/tournaments are on at St Andrews or Carnoustie.

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/O46691/2019/10/08/advanced
    (Starts from Cardenden running ECS from Mossend)

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/O46688/2019/10/08/advanced
    (Does the full circle)

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/G21589/2019/10/08/advanced
    (Does the full circle)

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/G81791/2019/10/08/advanced
    (Terminates at Cardenden. Runs ECS from Cardenden to Mossend)
     
  16. Steamysandy

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    I'm reminded of a very old Giles Cartoon published after a football excursion train had been trashed.
    The guard is standing on a line of carflats saying :-This LL keep their tiny minds occupied -- Holding on!
     
  17. xotGD

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    So 90048 is sat at Wembley. Let's see if my luck is in tonight...
     
  18. SteveM70

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    Haven’t done the new CS yet, but did the down Night Riviera last night. Twin (bunk) cabin to myself for £89, everything worked as it should, excellent service from the stewards both cabin and lounge. And it was pretty much on time too. Obviously the lack of an en suite toilet might be a deal for some, but 4 toilets per carriage and not that many passengers made it fine.

    But one question - who on earth designed that Asda next to Hayle station (and how did it get planning permission)?!
     
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    That’s correct
     
  22. hexagon789

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    So all services are Mk5 now then?
     
  23. TimboM

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    If Wednesday night’s southbounds are the last run of the Mk3s then no...!
     
  24. hexagon789

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    Sorry, I thought last Wednesday was being referred to :oops:
     
  25. philjo

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    I saw a number of the new sleeper coaches in the sidings opposite Hornsey depot when I was passing after leaving Kings Cross earlier.
     
  26. Crepello

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    Superb!! Thank you hugely much for sharing the memories! Would love to have done the Mk 3s one last time (and to have seen the last-ever Still Game stage show, now on in Glasgow) but home's 5,000 miles away nowadays :( Might have to sample the Night Riviera on a future trip over!
     
  27. 47550

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    Slightly off topic but I fancy giving the new CS a go getting off somewhere before Fort William. Decent hotel in walking distance from the station, bit of gentle hiking for a couple of days and good food / hearty fire in the evening. Any recommendations for destination / hotel ? Thanks
     
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    @47550
    Corrour without a doubt. Stay in the Signal Box B&B, the station house has a good fire and an extensive looking food menu for evening meals.
     
  29. TimboM

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    Last northbound Highlander with Class 90 and Mk3s/Mk2s: 90044 on 1S25 through Hartford tonight.

     
  30. xotGD

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    Alas it was 44 rather than 48.

    Pair of 73s on the Aberdeen portion however - 968 and 971.

    The seated coach is rather cold.
     

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