The 'Pendle Scotsman' from Compass Tours at Perth Saturday 4th August 2007

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Saturday 4th August and I was having nothing to do with trains!  But then I knew the Compass Tours train 'The Pendle Scotsman' would be about.  My best advice was that the train would have to come to Perth as it was double headed, and the Class 47 engines needed to run around the train.  The above video shows the engines returning to the front of the train before departure.  To visit Compass Tours site click the above link.  There is also a link to an excellent site for Class 47 engines. The train was later than planned in departing but that was OK from my point of view as it gave me the opportunity to get a video of a DRS freight.  Not may freight trains on my website and it's something I will need to rectify.  This shows a Class 66 No. 413 on a southbound train of Asda and Malcom Logistic containers.  Well I suppose it keeps them off the road, and out my way!  For more informtion about DRS click the above link.
I had been expecting the train to leave after an earlier southbound Glasgow train had passed on its way.  But that's what happens when, like me, you don't have a freight timetable in your possession.  However once that DRS freight had passed on its way the Compass Tours train was on its way so fast it had set off before I had turned round!  On its way to collect its passengers at Dunblane and Stirling before heading home. I hadn't seen one of these coaches before and I was informed it was a 'dbso' pronounced 'dibso' coach.  This means 'driver - brake (gaurdsvan to the non railway folk) - second (ie 2nd class) - open (ie not a corridor coach).  Originally they ran on the Glasgow - Edinburgh services.  They were then transferred to East Anglia. You could still detect where the Anglia Trains logo had been taken off.
 Obviously someone had a sense of humour and called the dibso an independent country.  Must be the only country that gets towed around at speeds of up to 90 mph! Class 47 No 843 sits at Perth waiting for the return trip to kick off.  There seemed to be a great deal of uncertainty regarding the departure time but the train finally left at about 5.30 p.m.
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