The train was boarding 30 minutes before departure our tickets were for the first class carriage – carriage “A” which was right behind the locomotive on the outwards journey.
Our locomotive was 44871 and ex LMS 4-6-0 and our coach 42 seats as opposed to 2nd class that have 64 seats. We were served tea, coffee & biscuits on the 42 mile outbound trip. The seven carriage train was packed.
The weather was “closed in” but the rain stayed away until we were pulling back in to Fort William on the return journey. Scenery along the route through Benavie, Corpach, Loch Eilt, Locheilside, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Bleasdale, Arisaig, Morar and finally Mallaig.
Then we continued on
We walked around Mallaig for about 45 minutes looking mainly at the harbor and all the fishing boats, not forgetting the lifeboat then we sat on a platform seat and the train crew were on the platform near us having a discussion, the engineer and fireman were chatting and apart from “taking many years” to know how to stoke the fire to get the best out of the engine during different stages of the trip they talked about shoveling 3½ tons of coal between Fort William and Mallaig.
I did a video too…