Train Travels: Volume 15 – Special: Scotrail Services

In Scotland nearly all services are run by Scotrail, which is currently owned by First Group. Virgin Trains, Transpennine Express, East Coast and Cross Country also operate some mainline services from England.

The Scotrail route we have used the most is the Glasgow South Western Line from Gretna Green – Glasgow Central

Carlisle  – Glasgow Central

Calling at:

There are a lot of different types of train used on Scotrail routes, however the ones we have used the most are:

1) Class 156 Super Sprinter


These operate on most local lines including the Carlisle – Glasgow Central line, with off shoots to Stranraer and Ayr. Currently these lines use Diesel Trains, as only lines in the Central Belt, and the East and West Coast Main Lines are electrified properly in Scotland.

2) British Rail Class 318


These trains are electric and operate on the North Clyde line from Glasgow Central to Helensburgh and Balloch (for Loch Lomond). This class of train is currently being repainted to reflect the new Scotrail livery, as shown in picture 1.

Other Main Lines We Have Used:

  • Glasgow Queen Street – Aberdeen
    • (Calling at: Bishopriggs, Lenzie, Cory, Larbert, Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Gleneagles, Perth, Dundee, Broughy Ferry, Balmossie, Monifieth, Barry Links, Golf Street, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Montrose, Laurencekirk, Stonehaven, Portlethen and Aberdeen)
  • Edinburgh Waverley – Aberdeen
    • (Calling at: Edinburgh Waverley, Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmney, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Markinch, Ladybank, Springfield, Cupar, Leuchars, Invergowrie, Dundee, Broughty Ferry, Balmossie, Monifieth, Barry Links, Golf Street, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Montrose, Laurencekirk, Stonehaven, Portlethen and Aberdeen)
  • Glasgow Central – Balloch
    • (Calling at: Glasgow Queen Street, Partick, Hyndland, (Anniesland, Westerton, Bearsden, Drumchapel, Drumry, Singer) Jordanhill, Scotstounhill, Garscadden, Yoke, Clydebank, Dalmuir, Kilpatrick, Bowling, Dumbarton East, Dumbarton Central, Dalreoch, Renton, Alexandria and Balloch)
  • Glasgow Central – Weymss Bay (Ferry Connect for Bute)
    • (Calling at: Glasgow Central, Cardonald, Hillington East, Hillington West, Paisley St James, Bishopton, Langbank, Woodhall, Port Glasgow, Whinhill, Drumfrochar, Branchton, IBM, Inverkip, Wemyss Bay)
  • Edinburgh Waverley – Dunbar/North Berwick
    • (Calling at: Edinburgh Waverley, Musselburgh, Wallyford, Prestonpans, Longniddry, Drem and Dunbar/North Berwick)
  • Kilmarnock – Ayr
    • (Calling at: Kilmarnock, Troon, Glasgow Prestwick, Prestwick Town, Ayr)

Below is a selection of the places we visited using the Scotrail services around Scotland:

Scotrail operate services to all corners of the country, including to Inverness, Dumferline, Fort William, Wick, Mallaig and Oban, with many services connecting with ferries over to Bute, Arran, Skye and Orkney.

The Caledonian Sleeper also operates services from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh through to London every night.

For more information visit the Scotrail website, or to see route maps click here.


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