Apologies to those not interested in trains… During the summer there are almost daily steam hauled tours from Fort William to Mallaig taking in the Harry Potter viaduct at Glenfinnan, so the Black 5 is not so rare. For those interested in seeing or travelling on steam workings on the mainline, see: http://railwayherald.com/railtoursJaba wrote: ↑Fri Nov 05, 2021 7:28 pm Wow this is turning into trainspotters thread. I have no photos but I saw a Stanier Black 5 at Fort William in September but I am sure that is not a rare sight there.
Were the Deltics run from Euston Jonathon? If so then I saw them in regular use on the Glasgow trains.
Where I live we have recently lost our 125s in favour of some modern Hitachi tin and plastic with hard uncomfortable seats. Effing progress. The 125 still has the speed record for a diesel train and for me it is sorely missed.
Mind you I love my frequent train trips from London to Oulx using both Eurostar and TGV.
Over and out 4472.
As for Deltics unless you were lucky enough to see the prototype working out of Euston in the 1950s the 22 production Deltics all ran out of King’s Cross on the East Coast Mainline to Edinburgh eventually being replaced by 125s. I achieved my lifelong ambition to drive my favourite Deltic (55022, Royal Scots Grey) on the Severn Valley Railway back in 2017.
125s still work in the south west, cross country and Scotland and remain very impressive machines at speed. Not quite as impressive as a Deltic though! Comfortable, high speed train travel is still quite an experience.