In August 1977 I went on a multiday Scottish 'spotting' coach trip. This
was the only such tour I ever did in Scotland but back then I needed a lot of
Scottish locos and DMUs for 'sight' and this seemed to be a good way of getting
them. These photographs
were all taken during that holiday and to give a feel for what those trips were
like I have listed the itinerary. (We didn't have shed permits for all
the depots we visited. A coach arriving with 50+ people was often
sufficient to get us around!)|
On the 11th August we visited Carlisle station at 0230hrs(!), Kingmoor (0300) and North Yard with its line of withdrawn 24s at 0400hrs. Dumfries 0515, Killoch Colliery 0645, Ayr station 0700, Ayr docks and shed 0730, Irvine 0830, Ardrossan 0845, Kilmarnock 0915, Fort William 1415 and Inverness 1630.
The 12th August was a more 'restful' day and most of us headed over to Aberdeen for an afternoon's shed visit and spotting.
The 13th August saw us at Inverness shed (0730hrs), Tomatin (1030), Newtonmore (1115), Blair Atholl (1225), Perth (1330), Dundee (1500), Thornton (1600), Markinch (for the 06 shunter at 1630), Methil (1645), Kirkcaldy, Townhill, Craigentinny and Millerhill.
On the 14th August we kicked off with Haymarket (0900hrs), Grangemouth (1000), Whifflet Jnct (1045), Mossend (1100), Rutherglen (1115), Polmadie (1130), Eastfield (1210), St. Rollox works (1300), Hamilton (1445), Motherwell (1530), Beatock (1645) and then heading home to the West Midlands.
|On the 11th August (L) Ayr refuelling point plays host to 25001 whilst later that day (C) 25026 is seen at Inverness waiting its next duty. On the 13th August (R) 25068 stands outside the famous red white and blue Inverness maintenance shed doors.|
|On the 12th August (L) 25066 and (R) 25234 are to be seen here on Aberdeen shed.|
|Later on that day, (L) 25079 works into Aberdeen station from the south with a freight train whilst (R) 25066, freshly refuelled, waits in the station to depart with a southbound mail train.|
|On the 14th August (L) 25002 runs past Haymarket shed with an engineers train whilst (R) 25033 can be seen in a line of locos on that depot that includes 47053 and 26003.|
|A visit to Grangemouth that day found 25005 inside the shed alongside 08175.|
|Class 25/0 locomotives await their fate at Glasgow Locomotive Works on Sunday 14th August 1977. (Left) 25004 is followed by 25014 at the front of a line of locomotives awaiting the cutters torch. (Centre) 25014 is slowly being reduced by some less than enthusiastic cutters. (Right) 25022 waits to join the ranks of the fallen.|
|Inside the Works undergoing overhaul we find (Left) 25037, (Centre) 25239 and (Right) 25238.|
|On the same day Glasgow Eastfield shed hosts 27024 (front), 27005 and 25247|