3 hrs. 19 mins.
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Join Fred Dinenage for a spectacular two-part cab ride from London Euston to Glasgow Central. Part One takes you to Preston via Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby, Stafford and Crewe on a classic Class 87 electric loco. Then pull into Glasgow via Lancaster, Carnforth, Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle, Lockerbie, and Carstairs, doing 90mph up to Shap and Beattock summits!
Part one covers the leg from Euston to Preston, scheduled to run non-stop at a maximum speed of 110 mph behind a classic class 87 electric loco – now nearly all consigned to the scrap heap. The former LNWR main line takes us via Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby, Stafford and Crewe. Due to a broken rail the train takes an unscheduled diversion onto the slow line for a few miles north of Watford.
Part two covers the second leg of the 401 mile journey to Glasgow Central, running via Lancaster, Carnforth, Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle, Lockerbie, and Carstairs. Our class 87 manages to maintain a speed of 90 mph over the legendary 1 in 75 banks up to Shap and Beattock summits – an achievement that would have been unimaginable in steam days.