Lesson From The Recent Past
My sister on a recent visit gave me an old pocket timetable - no use to me now, she said.
"Your Highland Rail Guide and Timetable"
13 May to 29 September 1991, 17cm high, 32 stapled pages.
10 pages fewer and 4mm smaller in height than the current Edinburgh & Glasgow - Dundee/Aberdeen one.
Yet it contained so much more -
All 4 routes:
- Inverness - Perth - Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh
- Inverness - Aberdeen - Stonehaven
- Inverness - Thurso/Wick
- Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh
- Details of tickets with a special emphasis on the rover tickets - quoting their prices.
- A short description of the main towns including Aviemore and Aberdeen.
I would commend it to Abellio as better than the present tiny leaflets.
As for the services then:
- The 07:02 "Orcadian" got to Thurso at 10:45 and Wick at 10:49 - 14 and 42 minutes earlier than at present (trains divided at Georgemas Junction)
- The 18:20 reached Thurso at 22:05 and Wick at 22:00 - 7 and 43 minutes quicker.
- Trains took 57 minutes (70 mins now) as far as Tain (arrival time)
- The 06:00 Wick and 06:08 Thurso reached Inverness at 09:52 and had a trolley throughout.
- Locomotive service with Observation saloon to Kyle.
- New commuter service to Invergordon at 17:07 arr 17:52, return 17:57 arr Inverness 18:40, yet strangely no early morning service southbound, The Wicker being the first arrival, though The Kyler got in at 09:19.
"During this timetable, ScotRail's latest 158 Express trains will start operating between Inverness and Aberdeen."
It strikes me, it was much handier to have all the N & E Highland services in the one booklet.