Five Minutes at Inverness
3rd August 2009
© copyright photographs by Colin Duff
A brief visit to Inverness during the late afternoon of 3rd August provided an even briefer opportunity to photograph what was in the station.
I am no great fan of units with under floor engines and I do not like purple, but it was nevertheless interesting to see this outpost of the national railway network. I have certainly read enough about it in the past.
My previous visit to Inverness was in 1966. We did not go to the station then, but I cannot help thinking that it would have been very interesting.
Above, looking towards the buffer stops, left to right are First Scotrail units 170442, 158726 and 158709. All are in the First Group corporate colour scheme, nicknamed "Barbie", which is being replaced by a specific Scottish livery based on the Saltaire Cross. Inverness is effectively two stations side by side. The lines from the south and Aberdeen work into Platforms 1 to 4 (left to centre of photograph, although only platforms 3/4 are visible). Platforms 5 to 7 (right of photograph) serve the Far North and Kyle of Lochalsh Lines.
Below, in platform 3 170442 will work the 16:56 departure to Edinburgh Waverley