The Strathspey Railway

Yesterday was glorious! Fabulous weather and a steam train. What more could anyone want? I have seen the Strathspey steam train sitting in Aviemore station on several occasions, but have never been on it. The railway runs from Aviemore through Boat of Garten to Broomhill, and is usually pulled by a steam engine. Strathspey Steam Railway  001The route is scenic, with lovely views. For the first part of the journey it passes through areas of open birch forest, with paths for both walkers and bikers. PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; resizeIn these photos, it looks as if the birches and willows are still leafless, but in fact closer inspection shows that the catkins are nearly over and the buds have broken open. PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeThe mid-way stop is at Boat of Garten. Here the old DMU (diesel multiple unit), which is used regularly on the line, is kept. PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeThe journey then continues to Broomhill, where the engine comes to the other end of the train…. PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- resize… to run backwards for the return journey. PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeWe were now in the front carriage. All have been lovingly restored to British Rail days and were so shiny the reflections were perfect! PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- resizeThe engine hauling our train is an ex-GWR 2-6-0, built in Swindon and rebuilt in Aviemore, as plates on each side of the front show: Strathspey Steam Railway  008We had enough time to get out and investigate the engine, as everyone should. I was travelling with Steve and Nigel (who enjoyed it thoroughly, but who didn’t want to smile for the camera!!) PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; crop; resizeThe cab was shining almost as much as the carriages. PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- resizeThe children got to go inside if they wanted to – what a waste – kids get all the fun and don’t remember it!! Running back to Aviemore, there was plenty of steam on the gradients. PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeAnd the views of the Spey with the Cairngorms beyond were beautiful. PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; crop; resizePhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; gamma; resizeWe also passed work on the line – much of it is, at present, single track, but they were doubling it in places. PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeThe whole trip took about 90 mins. It would have been good fun whatever the weather, but the blue, blue skies made everything even better!! Strathspey Steam Railway  015

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5 thoughts on “The Strathspey Railway

  1. Thank you for the wonderful pictures. Steam trains are a joy. I rode one here through the New River Gorge in the Fall. Punky

  2. Hi Liz, Linda and I travelled on this train in 2013, we attended Northern Scots in Crail at the weekend then spent a lovely week at The Boat Of Garten Hotel. Great scenery and a lovely railway.

  3. What fun! But I am with you – why should the children have all the fun? You and Nigel would love the Steamranger train here too. It is a real tourist attraction now and worth all the work they put in to getting it up and running again.

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