Indeed! It is the 'Highland Chieftain' Kings Cross to Inverness service, departing at 1200 hours, and arriving at 2011 hours, give or take. Last time I was on it, it arrived at 2125 hours, but I got a full refund on my ticket. Had I known that was going to happen, I’d have chosen First Class...tractakid wrote:The 12:00 service to Inverness?
As Scotland doesn't have electricity north of the Central Belt (well, on the railways, at least), this train has to be Diesel all the way from London.
I travel by ‘The Chieftain’ once or twice a year in its entirety (taking plenty of reading material with me). The next date I'm due on it is Tuesday 18th December. There is some superb scenery - the usual East Coast views, and then you get the Falkirk Wheel, Stirling Castle, the Tay Valley, the Tomatin and Culloden viaducts etc. And the final descent into Inverness with the Kessock Bridge and Black Isle in the background can be quite picturesque too. Providing it's not raining, of course!
However, it misses out the Forth Bridge, but you can’t have everything.
But a wonderful journey it is – I’d recommend giving it a go sometime.