D.J. Henderson's photos with the railway

MV "Red Duchess".

MV "Red Duchess".
The photo was taken at 5pm but the incoming squall makes it look much later in the day. This globetrotting vessel is the 1285t MV "Red Duchess" operated out of Troon by JST Services, who also owned the road crane being used to discharge the cargo of road-…
Added on September  8, 2017

Thank You for saving Ipernity

Thank You for saving Ipernity
After the fiasco that was Fotopic, it would have been too much to bear if Ipernity had gone the same way - some of us still haven't finished rebuilding after the last disaster. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to save…
Added on August  1, 2017

158703 arrives at Dingwall

158703 arrives at Dingwall
Viewed from the station footbridge, 158703 arrives at Dingwall with 2H73, the 14:50 Inverness - Invergordon. The small groundframe still sees a bit of use, mostly by P-way machinery, but the occasional failure gets put in there.
Added on July  7, 2017

158722, about to leave Dingwall

158722, about to leave Dingwall
With the "Points Set" Indicator lit in the distance, 158722 will shortly depart Dingwall with 2H57, the 14:00 Inverness - Wick. The bright orange aspect will light, hopefully, after the driver hits the plunger on the platform. This selects the route that…
Added on July  6, 2017

"Night Blue" 158722 at Dingwall

"Night Blue" 158722 at Dingwall
158722 arrives at Dingwall with 2H57, the 14:00 Inverness - Wick. I seem to photograph this unit at Dingwall every five years - weird. This time, the set is carrying the new Saltire livery, which it acquired in February 2016. The "Night Blue" paint job is…
Added on July  6, 2017

158718 at Dingwall

158718 at Dingwall
Another unit now in the Saltire livery, 158718 calls at Dingwall with 2H85, the 13:35 Inverness - Kyle. Repainting of the Inverness-based 158s has, pretty much, been completed. The new look 158718 was outshopped from Glasgow Works in January 2017.
Added on July  6, 2017

158708 at Plockton

158708 at Plockton
Resplendent in freshly applied Saltire livery, 158708 pulls into Plockton station with 2H81, the 08:55 Inverness - Kyle. The unit was repainted at Springburn a few weeks earlier. The much-maligned Rhododendrons add a splash of seasonal colour to the rampa…
Added on July  6, 2017

158719 at Muir of Ord-c

158719 at Muir of Ord-c
158719 sits at a sunny Muir of Ord station with 2H71, the 11:42 Inverness - Dingwall.
Added on July  4, 2017

158716 arrives at Dingwall

158716 arrives at Dingwall
158716 runs into a wet Dingwall station with 2H82, the 12:08 Kyle - Inverness.
Added on July  2, 2017

Inverness TMD

Inverness TMD
Viewed from Platforms 1/2 at Inverness, part of the Lochgorm Works, originally built around 1855 by the Inverness and Nairn Rly. Inherited by the Highland in 1865, then the LMS, BR, and finally Scotrail, the remaining parts of this fine old complex still…
Added on June 26, 2017

Inverness Depot

Inverness Depot
Like the sign says: Inverness Depot, or part of it. Parts of the old Lochgorm Works survive, mingling with new, far less substantial bits of today's TMD at Inverness.
Added on June 26, 2017

66 171, stabled in Inverness station.

66 171, stabled in Inverness station.
66171, stabled in Platform 5 between jobs, during the track relaying blockade between Inverness and Dingwall. Finding a loco in the North platforms is pretty rare these days. While loco-hauled specials are not that uncommon north of Inverness, the majorit…
Added on June 22, 2017

158704 at Muir of Ord

158704 at Muir of Ord
158704 at Muir of Ord on the rear of 2H65, the 17:54 Inverness - Wick/Kyle. The leading unit (158705) will detach at Dingwall, running forward to the Far North, leaving 158704 to form 2H87, the 18:30 Dingwall - Kyle. This arrangement continued until the D…
Added on June 19, 2017

158707 at Dingwall Junction

158707 at Dingwall Junction
Crossing the Dingwall Canal on Bridge 47, 158707 approaches Dingwall Jct with 2H60, the 06:20 Wick - Inverness. The short canal was never much of a success and, when the railway was built, it seems that no-one insisted on a swing bridge, so the canal fell…
Added on June 18, 2017

158707 approaches Dingwall Junction

158707 approaches Dingwall Junction
The right unit for the job, 158707 "Far North Line 125th Anniversary" approaches Dingwall Junction, from that very line, with 2H60, the 06:20 Wick - Inverness. Like most of Scotrail's named class 158s, this set lost its nameplates when re-liveried, early…
Added on June 18, 2017

158724 leaves Dingwall for Kyle

158724 leaves Dingwall for Kyle
Still in NatEx livery, 158724 leaves Dingwall with 2H81, the 08:53 Inverness - Kyle.
The "Mallard" road van is continuing a long tradition of vehicles using the Down platform at Dingwall. Post vans were common and anyone picking up (or dropping off) a hea…
Added on June 16, 2017

Job stopped !!

Job stopped !!
If you're going to derail a 158, you might as well put all the wheels in the ballast and do it at the throat of a junction station. Joking aside though, and the most important thing, there were no serious injuries.
Added on June 16, 2017

Garve station and crossing

Garve station and crossing
Looking uphill. towards Achnasheen, from the Down platform at Garve station. It was a lovely evening farther west, as can be seen by the sunlight on the distant hillside. Beyond the crossing, the line climbs at 1:50, past Gorstan, towards the summit at Co…
Added on June 15, 2017