EUROPE TRIP/SUMMER 2018

Glasgow To London
August 30, 2018


That afternoon was travel from Glasgow to London, after parting ways with my aunt and uncle at Glasgow Central Station. Via the West Coast Main Line into Euston Station. Virgin Trains is the operator. The 402 mile trip was scheduled in 270 minutes, an average of 89 mph. Speed limit was 125 mph, a factor being the older British Railways intermittent inductive Automatic Warning System. With this system wayside signals must be observed, which is more difficult at higher speeds. Newer high speed signaling involves cab signals.

Only actual railroad and station photos are included here. Scenery photos are publicly available on my Facebook page (as William Vandervoort).


Glasgow Central Station.


Inside Glasgow Central Station.


Boarding the Virgin Trains "Pendolino" train, capable of tilting around curves and designed for 140 mph. But limited to 125 mph by the British signal system.


Carlisle.


Preston.


Back in London. There, gasoline prices converted to around $6.50 per US gallon. The bus is operated by Arriva, which traditionally painted its buses blue. But in London, a bus of course is traditionally painted red.


Harrow on the Hill, which is both an Underground and a main line railway station. I rode there via the Underground, but rode a Chiltern self propelled diesel commuter train from there into Marylebone Station.