Class 81 no. 007 awaits departure from Carstairs with a relief Edinburgh to Birmingham service. The train had few occupants so the passenger in the railway carriage seen reading a book would have been able to enjoy doing so undisturbed.
21 Sep 1984
Class 86 no. 319 arrives at Carstairs station with the 11.20 Harwich Boat train from Glasgow Central to Harwich Parkeston Quay in 1984. The train would join together at Carstairs with a separate portion of the Harwich train which ran from Edinburgh to Carstairs.
Railwaymen get ready to join together two separate portions of the Harwich Boat Train at Carstairs station. Class 86 no. 319 had brought in the 11.20 Glasgow Central to Harwich Parkeston Quay train and class 47 no. 427 had arrived with the 11.10 Edinburgh to Harwich Parkeston Quay train which are now being joined together.
Class 86 no. 234 arrives at Carstairs station with the 07.26 Coventry to Glasgow and Edinburgh service running 17 minutes late in 1984. The train would divide at Carstairs into separate portions for Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Class 47 no. 636 arrives at Carstairs with the 13.14 Edinburgh to Manchester Victoria train. The diesel locomotive would be changed to an electric locomotive at Carstairs for the journey south down the west coast main line.
26 Oct 1988
The Clansman 08.35 London Euston to Aberdeen & Inverness train leaves Carstairs for Edinburgh running 25 minutes late headed by class 47 no. 565. By 1988 The Clansman to Inverness had ceased running via Motherwell and was instead diverted to running via Edinburgh.
The train driver exchanges a few words with a fellow railwayman as he awaits departure from Carstairs station with the 09.50 Glasgow Central/09.40 Edinburgh to Weymouth service. The train is headed by class 86 no. 211 on 21 September 1984.
Photo set: British Rail Scotland in the 1980s and early 1990s (150 photos)