37406 2Y51 FTW 16/08/88
Between the 16th and 22nd August 1988, a friend and I enjoyed a 'Freedom of Scotland' rover, my first major trip away from home and one which left me with an affection both for the railways of Scotland, and the class 37/4s which dominated the Highland routes at the time.
Travelling on the overnight sleeper from Preston to Fort William, our first encounter with the 37s was with 37401 which took us from Mossend Yard to Glasgow Queen Street via Stirling. At Queen Street, '408 and '422 took over for the run to Fort William - my first trip on the West Highland. At Fort William, we were greeted by sunshine, and 37406 'The Saltire Society' waiting patiently with the 2Y51 1005 Fort William - Mallaig service, seen here prior to departure from Fort William on August 16th 1988. Next, we caught a CalMac ferry from Fort William to Kyle of Lochalsh.
Glasgow Eastfield depot had seventeen of the fleet, 37401-413 and '422-425 at the time, all except 37423 still carrying the 'Revised Standard' colours and Highland Terrier motif which suit the class so well.