Lands End to John O'Groats by Rail

Or as near as we can reasonably get!
A photographic compilation from the early 1980's

We depart Penzance

And soon have an unusual view of St. Michael's Mount

St Erth Station

It would be a pity to leave Cornwall without visiting a branch or two
This is the East Looe River

With attractive Looe Station at the end

There are two railway bridges across the Tamar from Cornwall into Devon
This is Calstock on the Gunnislake branch

And this is well known Saltash on the main line to London Paddington

Totnes and the Unigate Creamery

Parson and Clerk headland, different today as the Clerk, the stack to the right, toppled in 1993

Dawlish Station, right on the beach

The curved roof of Temple Meads Station, Bristol

With Bath Road Shed at the platform end

We take the Severn Tunnel to Newport, where this train was a favourite
The 8pm postal from Cardiff to Crewe


With a celebrity dmu off the Worcester line

And as we are so near to Ledbury, a Ledbury picture of Ledbury viaduct

And here's another,
Ledbury North End

Northwards from Hereford now, nearing Leominster


Shrewsbury Station straddles the Severn

The Dovey Estuary near Aberdovey
As our journey north includes a loop of Wales

Tywyn, including the magic of the narrow gauge

Barmouth Bridge

And more narrow gauge magic can bring us to Blaenau Ffestiniog

For a trip down the Conwy Valley to Llandudno Junction and this view of Conwy Castle

A closer view of Conwy Castle

Chester now

It is tempting to take the Northwich route to Manchester

But in the end we travel via Helsby

And historic Earlestown, formerly Newton Junction

To reach Manchester Victoria

Todmorden, with Heptonstall Church on the hilltop behind

Halifax, including the church in which I was married!

Bradford Interchange

And, just a short walk away, Bradford Forster Square
The only station I remember with orange enamel signs

A quick spin to Ilkley
The station remains gas lit but the route northwards has gone

So back to Shipley triangle to reach Settle Junction
Where the left lines are for Carnforth, the right lines for Settle and Carlise

Famous Ribblehead Viaduct

And spectacular Dentdale approaching Dent Station

Wylam, having turned right at Carlisle

To reach Newcastle

Departure north


And Edinburgh Waverley on a snowy morning

Nearby Dalmeny and the Forth Bridge

And another Forth Bridge view on this amazing day

Crossing the Central Lowlands we reach airy Glasgow Queen Street

Dumbarton Central and a comfortable Glasgow electric

Balloch Pier, where this Glasgow electric terminates
and the Maid of the Loch awaits

Garelochhead on the West Highland Line

Passing at Ardlui

We divert to Oban

Before reaching Mallaig

Where one of the finest sea connections ever brings us to the railway pier at Kyle of Lochalsh

Fantastic Kyle of Lochalsh

Approaching Plockton

Remote Achnasheen

The junction station at Dingwall
Change of platform required for Thurso and Wick

I think it's signal boxes either end of the loop with a signalman cycling between them!

The Flow Country of Sutherland

And Georgemas Junction, where our epic journey ends.
Apart from, that is, that bracing walk north eastwards to John O'Groats!


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