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June 23rd, 2007
We caught a Virgin train in the early afternoon at Edinburgh, Scotland and made for High Wycombe, England. On the way I tried to shoot anything interesting, catching my second Class 37 and my only Class 57 of the trip. Somehow we managed to see two of the rare Class 67s but were not able to shoot either of them in time. We transferred at Leamington Spa and made the whole trip in a little under seven hours.
(map) Just a few minutes to the east of Edinburgh, Musselburgh hosts the regional freight yard called Millerhill and is beyond the Edinburgh freight bypass. The passenger station is very accessible with the freight yard available to trainspot at just a few minute walk away down a bicycle path, under the A-1 highway, and up onto a road bridge.
(map) The east coast line connecting Scotland to England turns south at Dunbar. Just outside the city to the south is a relatively large facility serviced by Freightliner.
(map) Berwick-upon-Tweed is the first city south of the Scotland/England border on the east coast line.
(map) Newcastle is a relatively large city along the river Tyne in the north-east of England.
(map) Durham is between Newcastle and York.
(map) York is a major urban centre in northern England.
(map) Leeds is between York and Sheffield.
(map) Sheffield is between Leeds and Derby.
(map) Derby is between Sheffield and Birmingham.
(map) Birmingham is the site of a large Freightliner intermodal facility south of Derby in central England.
(map) Coventry is just outside Birmingham to the south-east.
Leamington Spa, England
(map) Leamington Spa is a small city south of Coventry.
A Virgin train leaves and a First Great Western train arrives as we wait for our connection.
(map) Banbury is a few miles north of Oxford.