Dateline Saturday 27th April
Having arrived at Glasgow Central from Largs and well aware (ouch, groan, hobble) of his troublesome plantar fascia, he decided to cross to Edinburgh from Central rather than using the quicker route from Queens Street. When you add in the walk (ouch again) or the inter station bus, the slower "fast" trains from Central are not significantly slower.
A Transpennine Express (that hasn't transed any bit of Pennine) disgorged a significant load upon arrival in Platform 1.
But your adventurous and pained traveller boarded the 1100 to Penzance from nearby platform 4.
Welcome to the unjust seat booking system!
The gauleiter guard then welcomed the crowds with a long and cheery list of tickets that you could not use on the train. Elderly ladies swooned in fear at the possible punishments that might ensue if they had transgressed so heinously.
Welcome to the UK's helpful ticketing system.
For unexplained reasons the Voyager was seven minutes late into Edinburgh, but plenty of time for fbb to find his next train.
For the record, the return to Glasgow was via the Shotts line and an all-stops train allowed fbb to observe the massive infrastructure improvements that are accompanying electrification.
Most noticeable are the lifts that being installed at many stations.
Then there is the surprise development of Breich station. It has, for some time, been a contender for the least used station in the UK with just a nominal journey or two.
The whole station has been completely rebuilt ...
The impression of this line, which you would be forgiven for regarding as a railway backwater, is that it has a bright and busy future after substantial renewal. Maybe Breich will now attract more than a handful of passengers each day!
** Completed the tour; but still a bit more of a blog to come.
Tomorrow, at last, fbb rides to Tweedbank.