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Living near a main line railway station does has its advantages.  Its easy to pop down and take pictures of the odd specials that come through.  Of course this is alway assuming I know they are about.  The only trouble is I don't always hear about them in time.  So if anyone knows about any 'specials', whatever they are, coming through Perth please use the e-mail link on the home page and let me know about them.  Thanks in anticipation of your help.  Visit the Perth South & Gleneagles Pages to view some shots of Gleneagles station and some lineside views from near Forteviot.  The link to Pathfinder Tours - 'The Orcadian' shows Class 50 engines pulling an excursion made up of heritage coaches.  It is videoed at Gleneagles and Pitlochry.  The latest addition 'The Great Britain' has video clips of Sir Nigel Gresley's A4 'Union of South Africa and the 2-6-0 Mogul 61994 'The Great Marquess at Dunkeld and Gleneagles

Yorkshire based Green Express approaches Perth in April 2005 and is an ideal example of `green tourism` with its two engines, and 12 carriages, giving charter train travel throughout Britain.  At the front was No.47854 and backing up at the rear was No 57601 both sufficiently aged to be described by the West Coast Railway Company as 'heritage'.  This view shows the train approaching the St Leonards Road bridge immediately to the south of Perth station.

This visit, in April 2005 was the second annual visit of the Green Express to Perthshire The Green Express company brought a 12 coach heritage train, carrying 500 visitors, to the towns of Perth and Pitlochry. Passengers enjoyed several hours sampling the delights of Perthshire before heading home.

Find out more about the Green Express by visiting their web site via the link.

The train departed from Leeds, and called at York, in the early morning before starting on its 720 mile round trip journey north of the border. The next Green Express trip to Stirling and Perth is scheduled for 22nd April 2006 (More pictures to follow!) Passengers enjoyed the comfort of 1950's/60's heritage coaches as well as superb views from the large picture windows.  The Pullman car named 'Bassenthwaite' was included in the train's formation next to the second engine. It looks as if I'm also having my picture taken!

Another visit by a West Coast Railway charter train only this time steam hauled by LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0 No. 48151.  Sorry but I don't know the date.  If anyone does I would appreciate the information. The Stanier engine now displays a name it never possessed in its previous incarnation as a heavy freight loco.  It is now called 'Guage 0 Guild'.
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