Back in December we were heading down to Bath for a friend’s party and, deciding to make the most of the journey to the south-west, took the opportunity to enjoy a weekend in the historic City. Staying to the south of the city, we were a short drive from the party location, whilst also being on a bus route into the city centre.
After a couple of nights in Inverness and a short adventure to Perth, we were back at Inverness station with plenty of time until the final leg of our mini break, the Caledonian Sleeper back to London.
One of Britain’s most famous railway vehicles, the Class 43 HST power cars and accompanying InterCity 125 sped across the length and breadth of the country for years carrying passengers between the UK’s major cities and along the key routes of the East Coast Mainline, Great Western Mainline, Midland Mainline and others. In recent years the 45-year-old, full length HST sets have been retired from service, replaced by modern units. However, some power cars, and shortened sets, have found a new home on inter-city services north of the border.
visit Nairn and Elgin along the Firth of Forth coast. Unfortunately, having been met with departure boards showing cancelled, we weren’t able to head east and so, after a rapid replan, jumped onboard an ScotRail class 170 bound for Edinburgh with the plan to jump of in another of Scotland’s seven cities, Perth.
Arriving into Inverness at just gone half past eight onboard the Highland Sleeper, we had a good few hours until we could check into our hotel and so decided to repeat my explorations from my last visit to Inverness and jump onboard the next ScotRail service west along one of the UK’s most beautiful railways, to Kyle of Lochalsh.
The last time I travelled onboard the Caledonian Sleeper was in October 2020 in that weird period between lockdowns when the Government were encouraging people to do things but restrictions were still in place and it all felt a bit… well, weird… This journey I was travelling on the same route as my maiden sleeper voyage, from London Euston to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.