From the Granite City to Mount’s Bay

John Heaton FCILT, rides Britain’s longest passenger journey, which runs from Aberdeen to Penzance – a distance of 776 miles.

It’s journey over the Tay Bridge almost complete, a Class 221 ‘Voyager’ approaches Wormit on an Aberdeen to Penzance working on August 24, 2015. IAN LOTHIAN
It’s journey over the Tay Bridge almost complete, a Class 221 ‘Voyager’ approaches Wormit on an Aberdeen to Penzance working on August 24, 2015. IAN LOTHIAN

It is just before 08.00 as an insignificant Class 2 local train shuffles unassumingly into a bay platform at Aberdeen station. To the staff it is simply ‘2A01’ and, to its passengers, simply a humdrum commuter service from Dundee. More interested observers might be surprised to note that it is a CrossCountry ‘Voyager’, but few will realise that it is about to perform the longest through journey within Britain, scheduled to cover the 776 miles to Penzance in 13hrs 23min.

Its Edinburgh driver has brought the empty set from Craigentinny depot to Dundee to form the local, and will take the southbound
long-distance runner as far as only Dundee. After taking a 25min turnround in the Granite City, he will be due a second short break.

Read more in the August issue of The RM

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