Caledonian Sleeper

"The Deerstalker"


The "Caledonian Sleeper" provides direct overnight service from Fort William to London Euston and back six nights a week. It does not operate Saturday evening to Sunday morning.

Southbound, the train from Fort William combines at Edinburgh Waverley with sections from Inverness and Aberdeen and then proceeds via Carstairs to London Euston.

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DS006.jpg (55239 bytes) It's July 1998 and the Fort William bound "Deerstalker" is about to enter the West Highland Line at Craigendoran.
DS007.jpg (50201 bytes) The northbound "Deerstalker" is passing Ardoch which is located about a mile east of Cardross Station. July 1998.
DS008.jpg (37421 bytes) After leaving the Glasgow to Helensburgh line, the West Highland line climbs steadily through Craigendoran and Helensburgh. This scene shows the train approaching the bridge over Redgauntlet Road in Craigendoran. July 1998.
DS009.jpg (47402 bytes) With the River Clyde in the background, the northbound "Deerstalker is seen here about half a mile east of Cardross Station. July 1998.
DS01.jpg (54843 bytes) Now on to May 2001. This is Fort William Station and this mid morning scene shows the train now in National Express ScotRail colours. The formation is ready for its evening departure south.
DS03.jpg (51197 bytes) In 2001, the Guard's accommodation is no longer located in a MK.1 full brake vehicle. Recently converted Mk.2E Brake Unclassified Open (BUO) vehicles provide accommodation for the guard and also for non sleeping car passengers. May 2001.
DS04.jpg (46940 bytes) Catering facilities on Caledonian Sleeper trains are provided in a Mk.2F Restaurant Lounge Open (RLO) car. May 2001.
DS05.jpg (50313 bytes) The Fort William portion of the Caledonian Sleeper service normally provides two Mk.3 sleeping cars. May 2001.
DS011.jpg (65262 bytes) On to June 2003 and we are back at Ardoch in the very early morning.
DS013.jpg (63989 bytes) At Craigendoran, the "Deerstalker" commences the steep climb to Helensburgh Upper Station. Unfortunately the train time and the high tide time did not coincide resulting in a less than photogenic view of the foreshore. June 2003.
DS014.jpg (45243 bytes) Just west of Ardmore East level crossing, the "Deerstalker" will soon leave the relatively flat Glasgow Helensburgh Line for the steep grades of the West Highland Line. June 2003.
DS015.jpg (61179 bytes) This view from the A814 Dumbarton to Helensburgh road on a fine June 2003 morning shows the "Deerstalker" having just crossed Ardmore East level crossing and slowing for the junction at Craigendoran.
The reign of the Class 37 on the "Deerstalker" is scheduled to end with the commencement of the summer timetable on the 11th of June. This view is at Westerton on the 7th of June 2006. (Photo: David Black)
The Summer 2006 timetable is in operation and Class 37's on the "Deerstalker" are no more. After many years of service on West Highland services the Fort William Sleeper is now in the charge of the Class 67. This view is at Westerton on the 29th of June 2006. (Photo: David Black)

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