East Coast service 1S03 is the 0710 departure from Leeds to Aberdeen and here it approaches the level cross at Bow of Fife with lead powercar 43274. 24/4/2013
The going away shot of the nine coach set with 43305 on the rear.
A short time later the barriers activated again and another East Coast HST set comes into view. 43319 leads 1E15 0952 from Aberdeen to KIngs Cross. East Coast is run by the Department for Transport after the franchise holder National Express gave it up after just two years.
The train passes over Sweetholme occupational crossing and into the woods before Ladybank. On the rear is 43299. 24/4/2013
Moving from Cluny to near the top of Lochmuir Bank and looking south towards Markinch a clagging well class 170 turbostar 170421 passes below the road bridge to Star and Kennoway.
The set is on the Edinburgh to Dundee circuit and is working 1B18 1000 Edinburgh to Dundee. One of the engines is in need of fitter attention judging by the dark exhaust as the train climbs the 1 in 102 1/2 gradient.
Turning round for the going away shot which has been greatly improved since the trees on the left have been felled.
Looking south again and a down HST set passes below the Star road bridge with 43308 fronting 1S03 0710 from Leeds to Aberdeen.
The set romps up the 1 in 102 1/2 gradient with ease with two type 3 powercars to move the nine mkIII coaches.
Turning round and the rear powercar is 43312.
The train has reached Lochmuir Summit and the location for a down side loop and signalbox. When the trees were felled this wonderful shot opened up.
Another northbound working sees two class 158 sprinters form 1H11 1036 Edinburgh to Inverness. 158712 and 158707 drone their way up the bank to Lochmuir Summit.
The going away shot as the pair reach the top of the climb and the driver sees his green light on signal ER611.
Not long after a northbound steam working (see The Great Britain Tours) went by, a southbound HST approaches working 1E15 0953 Aberdeen to Kings Cross.
The white and grey liveried train is a slight variation of that applied by National Express when they had the franchise. East Coast is not a franchise as such but a company set up by the Government through the DfT. It would be a waste of public money to fully re-livery the trains so the existing one was adapted.
The powercars are 43201 on the front and 43310 on the rear. 25/4/2013
ScotRail turbostar 170433 climbs the 1 in 102 1/2 of Lochmuir Bank with 1A79 1629 Edinburgh to Inverurie service. It looks like the driver is standing by the cab door. 31/7/2013
The line turns to the left and reaches the high ground at Lochmuir where it levels out for a mile or so before dropping down to Ladybank.
With power on 47805 leads 1Z91 1637 Dundee to Blackpool returning railtour passing over the high ground at Lochmuir before starting the drop to Markinch and beyond.
The twelve coach rake is made up of ten Virgin liveried coaches and an Anglia Railways brake, also in the set is a mkII Pullman vehicle.
47805 is in DRS livery and carries the name "John Scott 12.5.45 - 22.5.12". On the back is 47501 "Craftsman".
The train drops down the grade with 47501 shut down. It is unusual that no catering vehicle was included in the formation. 31/7/2013
Former Hull Trains turbostar 170396 forms 1L54 1434 Dundee to Edinburgh service seen at Kirkforthar Feus climbing hard at 1 in 105 to Lochmuir Summit. 23/8/2013
Much Frothing in the Marsh!! This working had the Scottish Gricer Network in meltdown, the first class 56 freight working for some ten years. Colas 56105 brings 6N72, 1448 WO Linkswood to Grangemouth empty aviation fuel tanks up to Lochmuir.
Since Colas won the contract for the aviation fuel traffic they have been using class 66 locos but they were needed elsewhere and were swapped for their class 56 locos, much to everyone's delight. 23/8/2013
In glorious September sunshine Colas 56105 crosses the road at Bow of Fife with 6N72 1448 WO Linkswood to Grangemouth empty aviation fuel tanks. 4/9/2013
The train is lit to perfection and the yellow and orange of the loco contrasts nicely with the green of the TTA tanks behind.
A close and almost side on shot of 56105 which I photographed for the first time at Holgate Junction, York on 18/5/1985 whilst it hauled dead 47373. Then again on 27/10/1985 on shed at Knottingley and finally at Carlisle station on 23/10/2002. 11 years later I saw it under Colas operations. 4/9/2013