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Class 120s on the Aberdeen - Inverness line

Thanks to Mike Cooper for his photographic contributions which inspired this gallery. He has asked to dedicate this page to his late friend Norman Smart. After a decade commuting between Aberdeen and Elgin Norman loved and loathed the Swindon units in equal measure!

31st March 1961


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The 08:45 Aberdeen - Inverness is seen leaving Keith on the 31st March 1961. Hamish Stevenson.


14th July 1964


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Sc51783 leads the 2.30pm Inverness - Aberdeen service at Inveramsay, being worked by a 6-car Swindon Cross-Country formation on 14/7/64. Michael Mensing.


Unknown date


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Two Swindon Cross-Country sets depart from Elgin. Date unknown. Norman Smart Collection.


1970


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A Class 120 enters Elgin in 1970. Norman Smart.


Unknown date


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The ScR 120s were painted blue rather than blue / grey like the other Regions. Here a set sits in Inverness station. Date unknown. Stuart Rankin.


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A Class set heading out of Inverness towards Aberdeen. The bridge behind carries the Highland main line south to Perth. Stuart Rankin.


1972


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A Swindon Cross Country unit passes the disused Kittybrewster South Signalbox (Kittybrewster station and loco shed were behind and to the right) heading for Aberdeen with a train from Inverness in late 1972. John McIntyre.


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This 120 on an Aberdeen to Elgin service is seen just north of Kittybrewster in the autumn of 1972. The destination blind reads "Elgin via Mulben" although by this time that was the only way you could get from Aberdeen to Elgin by rail! Note also the unusual tail lamp, a distinct feature on this line. The set number is carried in the cab window. John McIntyre.


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A Class 120 passes through the closed Kittybrewster station with a train to Aberdeen in late 1972. John McIntyre.


October 1972


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Two sets depart from Aberdeen bound for Inverness in October 1972. John McIntyre.


1973


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A rainy day in Aberdeen. A train for Inverness waits in Platform 6, platforms 10 & 11 can be seen on the right without track. Believed to be taken in spring 1973. The van door is open, showing the box for the tablet catcher. John McIntyre.


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Believed to be taken in spring 1973 because the platform canopies have been removed from this end of the station and building work has not yet started, set 300 waits in platform 6 to depart for Inverness. John McIntyre.


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An Aberdeen bound 3-car set is seen passing the long closed Persley station on the northern outskirts of Aberdeen in 1973. John McIntyre.


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A Cross-Country 3-car unit leaving Aberdeen via Platform 9 in the summer of 1973 when Inverness services were moved from Platform 6 due to construction work for a new building being built above the platforms. John McIntyre.


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A pair of Class 120s leaving Aberdeen via Platform 9 in the summer of 1973 when Inverness services were moved from Platform 6 due to construction work for a new building being built above the platforms. Note the 1 on the mid-door of the DMBF. John McIntyre.


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A Class 120 set departs from platform 8 at Aberdeen and crosses to platform 9 with a service to Inverness in 1973. John McIntyre.


January 1973


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A Class 120 unit at Aberdeen Ferryhill MPD in January 73. John McIntyre.


February 1973


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A Swindon 3-car Cross Country unit departs for Inverness from Aberdeen during the demolition of the platform canopies and north footbridge in February 1973. John McIntyre.


17th February 1973


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Two 3-car units arrive at Aberdeen with the 8:40am from Inverness but are unusually having to use Platform 8 due to a special for Kyle of Lochalsh waiting to depart north in Platform 6. The pillars that once supported the canopies still stand but not for much longer. There is a sprinkling of snow on the ground on 17 February 1973. John McIntyre.


1974


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A Class 120 leaves Ferryhill MPD and heads to Aberdeen station in 1974. John McIntyre.


June 1974


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A set departs from Aberdeen with a train to Inverness in June 1974. Interestingly, the buffet centre car carries a full length red stripe, unusual for DMUs. John McIntyre.


May 1975


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A set heads to Ferryhill MPD from Aberdeen past Ferryhill SB in May 1975. Note the tablet catcher recess on the leading vehicle, which is one of the DMBF conversions. John McIntyre.


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A Class 120 approaches Kittybrewster with a train for Inverness in May 1975. John McIntyre.


1978


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Aberdeen station in 1978, with an arrival from Inverness. Mike Cooper.


April 1978


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April 1978, and a Class 120 set sits facing 25 091 in Aberbeen Ferryhill depot. Mike Cooper.


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A Class 120 in Aberdeen Ferryhill in April 1978. It has a DMBF parcels conversion, note also the red stripe and 'Buffet' lettering on the centre car, and the nearest side window is different, possibly a 'stretcher' style opening that Swindon was known for. Mike Cooper.


6th April 1978


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Taken from a Class 120 on the Aberdeen - Inverness line ay Insch, passing two 120 sets, one in plain blue and one in blue / grey. 6/4/78. Mike Cooper.


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Set 302 at Huntly, taken from 254 002 - the first HST to travel the line - on the 6th April 1978. Mike Cooper.


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Huntly, 6th April 1978. Mike Cooper.


29th April 1978


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Set 305 sits at Aberdeen on 29/4/78. The driver obviously has a sense of humour judging by the blind! Mike Cooper.


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Set 305 at Aberdeen, 29/4/78. Mike Cooper.


May 1978


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51784 - which still appears to have the luggage rack lights on - and 59684 after derailing at Oyne in May 1978. Alan Rintoul.


20th May 1978


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Set 301 at Keith Junction, 20/5/78. An SRPS special was held waiting to come off the branch to Dufftown while this service passed. 20/5/78. Mike Cooper.


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The 20th May 1978, and a SRPS special to Dufftown headed by 40 173 is looped at Dyce to allow set 303 to pass. Mike Cooper.


June 1978


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Set 305 leaves Aberdeen for Inverness past the site of Schoolhill station with a Class 122 on the rear. June 1978. Mike Cooper.


25th July 1978


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The 25th July 1978 and set 300 leaves Huntly for Aberdeen. Taken from a Class 40 on the 'grain'. Mike Cooper.


1979


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Set 304 in the snow at Inverness in 1979. John Law.


10th March 1979


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On the 10th March 1979 set 301 has a 101 centre car. It's on the 15:50 from Aberdeen at Insch. Hamish Stevenson.


Unknown date


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Set 302 leads a 6-car set out of Elgin in the late '70s. Norman Smart.


16th August 1979


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This shown one of the modified vehicles with the centre passenger section replaced by extra van space. More interesting though is that despite modification and refurbishment, the tablet catcher remains fitted. Also note the mismatched buffers and the '1' on the passenger door. 51783 at Inverness on 16/8/79. Hamish Stevenson.


26th April 1987


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Some Class 120 vehicles were sent to Aberdeen Ferryhill depot for component stripping. Here W51781 makes a return to its old home after a period in Wales, but sadly now devoid of many mechanical components. 26/4/87. Hamish Stevenson.

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