Into the DeLorean (actually its a converted class 37) now and get it up to 88 mph and watch the coloured time streams flash past our heads as we arrive in June 1993 in Scotland.
Okay a bit of retro spotting now. Back in 1993 we flew to Inverness (first time for the wife on a plane).
17th June 1993:
08754 shunted in to Inverness station to move a set of Intercity sleeper stock out. This was then followed out by 37170 (Dutch livery) and 37167 (Railfreight coal Subsector) pushing 632(?) NHA(?)
Stabled (visible) that morning at Inverness were:
26035 (Dutch livery), 26003 (Dutch livery), 37087 (Dutch Livery with black numbers), 37184 (Dutch Livery),
37428 ‘David Lloyd George’ (Railfreight Petrolium Subsector) left with a rake of six MKII Scotrail livery coaches heading south on the Inverness to Glasgow Queen Street.
18th June 1993:
37071 (Dutch livery) and 37248 ‘David Lloyd George’ (Railfreight Petrolium Subsector) were at the head of Inverness to Glasgow Queen Street. We boarded it and travelled to Aviemore to the Strathspey Railway to Boat of Garten (Our trip on this will appear when I get a chance on a Preserved Railways thread).
Later that day 37274 (Dutch livery) took us back from Aviemore to Inverness. On arriving there 37683 was there in Intercity livery.
21st June 1993:
We planned to go to Kyle of Lochalsh for the day but as we left Inverness behind 37087 the camcorder we had suddenly stopped working. No power!!! Rather than go all the way to Kyle we decided to jump off at Muir Of Ord and instead visit the Glen Ord Distillery. After a good tour and a free dram we headed back to the station. Strangely whilst sat on the station I retried the camcorder and it sprung to life !!!! I heard a two tone horn and saw this heading towards us (Click for video).
37232 (Dutch Livery) and Saloon DM45020 in Scotrail livery. DM45020 was General Manager’s Saloon and Inspection Saloon (formerly a MOD Escort Vehicle) and today (2017) is in EWS livery. The Gods were looking after us !
Shortly after 156477 took us back to Inverness.
22nd June 1993:
We did go the Kyle, the very next day behind 37402. When we got there and had lunch in a pub the lady told us that the previous day has been constant rain. Today we had loads of warm sunshine! SO the Gods were REALLY looking after us.
Returning back to Inverness was behind 37087 in it’s Dutch livery.
If anyone has the train IDs for any of the June trains in and out of Inverness please can you get in touch … Thank you.
A bit more about DM45020.
Designed for the LMS and built at Wolverton in 1944 as a Bogie District Engineer’s Saloon, it has held Scotrail, EWS Liver and LMS Crimson. The saloon spent some time in 2006 in RTC Derby, before moving to Toton TMD and is currently situated at Scottish Industrial Railway Centre in East Ayrshire.