'Jacobite Steam Train' & 'P S Waverley'

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'Jacobite Steam Train' & 'P S Waverley'

Postby 34053 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:56 pm

Mama Wedgy and I recently went on a Coach Tour to Scotland. One of the main reasons for this was for me to fulfil a long awaited ambition to travel the 42 miles, from Fort William to Mallaig, on the 'Jacobite Steam Train' (famous now, of course, for featuring in the 'Harry Potter' Films). Also included in the Tour was a 'cruise' on the world's last remaining sea-going paddle steamer, 'PS Waverley'.

I have included two short 'Compilation' Videos to give you just 'a flavour' of these experiences. Hope you like them:





(We also had a 'cruise' on Loch Katrine, aboard steam ship 'SS Sir Walter Scott', the only surviving screw steamer in service in Scotland).

The only 'downside' was the 13 hour journey (including stops) from South London to Scotland (and back). So the '5 day' holiday was only really 3 days, as the first and last days were spent travelling. But all well worth it! :D

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Re: 'Jacobite Steam Train' & 'P S Waverley'

Postby Jet Morgan » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:33 pm

Couple of good videos there, thanks for sharing. Went on the Jacobite about three years ago, but actually stayed in the chalet on the platform of Corpach station and waited for the steam special to blast past every morning before going out for the day! That was a very memorable week, but we didn't get to do any steamboats like the Waverley.

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Re: 'Jacobite Steam Train' & 'P S Waverley'

Postby Dan4th » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:18 pm

Thanks, Ray, for sharing with us
your Pilgrimage up North :D

You'd never admit it, I'm sure, but
I'd wager your little heart was going
pit-a-pat crossing that viaduct, eh?

And that side-wheeler looks a yar
vessel, too!

Not many of them remaining.....

Hope Mama Wedgy got in some Good
Shopping as her payoff for the trip :p

What did she buy for your son and heir???

(Ha! Ha!)

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Re: 'Jacobite Steam Train' & 'P S Waverley'

Postby RLN » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:37 pm

Thanks, PW. I have seen the train, but never been on it....maybe one day. It's a shame you couldn't fly up and join a coach tour once you were there.
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Re: 'Jacobite Steam Train' & 'P S Waverley'

Postby 34053 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:46 pm

Thanks Dan. Yes, I had a grin from ear to ear for the rest of that day, after crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct. Did my 'homework' before the trip, to ensure that I was on the correct side of the train, to get full advantage of the curve.

Had some fantastic Fish & Chips in Mallaig ('fresh caught that morning' we were informed).

(Un)fortunately, not much time for shopping, due to our 'tight' schedule ;)

I Understand that the 'original' PS Waverley was part of the Dunkirk Evacuation in WW2, but did not return (presumed sunk). After the War, in 1947 this one was built (as an exact replica) on the Clyde, near where we were that day. One of our Party told me that he was on the 'Maiden Voyage' of the new vessel as a 10 year old boy.

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Re: 'Jacobite Steam Train' & 'P S Waverley'

Postby Dougs » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:36 pm

That is one lovely boat engine :D :D :D awesome
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Re: 'Jacobite Steam Train' & 'P S Waverley'

Postby 34053 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:35 am

Dougs wrote:That is one lovely boat engine :D :D :D awesome


Indeed it is, Dougs. I found it quite fascinating and mesmerising, at the same time. Had to make several visits back to the Engine Room (a totally open area, below decks) to keep looking at it. Plus it was really nice and warm down there, being a bit chilly up on deck that day ;)

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