VXC 125

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VXC 125


The Scottish East Coast route from Aberdeen to Edinburgh must be one of the most under-estimated routes in Britain. Pleasant scenery, impressive structures and semaphore signalling combine to produce a 130 mile journey that is packed with interest. And what better way to view it than from the driving cab of an HST. With the route also presenting a series of varying gradients, power car 43 093 was specially Wired for Sound to capture the once-familiar sound of the Paxman Valenta engine. This journey was filmed on September 23rd 2003, during the final week of HST on this service prior to going over to ‘Voyager’ operation. 

After setting off from Aberdeen at 08.55 in glorious morning sunshine, the train climbs its way south through the Grampian countryside, skirting the coastline past Cove Bay before pausing for the first of nine stops stop at Stonehaven. The journey continues uphill again through Carmont before dropping through Laurencekirk to Montrose. From there a single track viaduct carries the line across the River Esk before climbing up to Lunan. After Arbroath the route continues through the golf links at Carnoustie before descending into Dock Street tunnel prior to arriving in Dundee station. On leaving the city, the HST crosses the spectacular two-and-a-quarter mile long Tay Bridge which carries the line into Fife. More stops follow at Leuchars and Markinch after which the train is routed onto the scenic half of the Fife Circle. Following another stop at Kirkcaldy the line then skirts the shores of the Forth estuary through Kinghorn, Burntisland and Dalgety Bay. After Inverkeithing is the short sharp climb up to North Queensferry. There then follows a leisurely amble across the routes most impressive structure – the Forth Bridge. Full power is resumed at Dalmeny as the HST speeds towards Edinburgh with a final stop being made at the city’s Haymarket station. The last mile of the journey is through the Mound Tunnels and Princess Gardens before journeys end in Waverley station.

Programme Fact File

Narrator: David Maxey 
First Published: 2007
Route Featured: Aberdeen - Edinburgh
Class Featured: 43 (HST)
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