Steam age daydreaming, in rural Aberdeenshire, on a pleasant spring day. I tried to imagine one of the Ferryhill V2s, they had 11 on the allocation in 1960, pounding by with a fully fitted ‘fish train’ – or an A4 with an Aberdeen – Glasgow service, just as they might have done 50 years, and more, ago. In the summer of 1964 I spent a couple of days camping at Cove Bay, (between Aberdeen & Stonehaven), watching just those scenes, before journeying to Glasgow, from Aberdeen, behind an A4, No.60024 Kingfisher, if my memory serves.
Fish trains and A4s on inter-city express trains may all be just the stuff of legend – consigned to memory; however, the line here is semaphore signaled and a mile or so beyond this point is New Mills where there is still a manned level crossing. Earlier on in our pootle we passed the long dead remains of Kinnaber Junction, made famous in the Railway Races to the North of 1895, literally just a few miles further down the line from this scene. For all we live in the ‘modern world’ with a DMU, and not a B1, on the stopper – it’s still the same railway that opened in stages, from 1847 onwards, that the trains run on today. And, sadly, nobody would dream of ‘racing’ trains.
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