No engine required for a hell of a racket

Last week saw me travel to Aviemore for a few day’s stay by way of the Caledonian Sleeper and I perhaps foolishly stuck with seated accommodation in the spirit of thrift. Scotrail seem to use Mk 2 carriages for that role and the roar when the brakes are applies cannot be missed. Might I suggest earplugs for a more peaceful night’s rest?  The same din was to be heard from Mk 1 Craven carriages used by Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) until not so long ago but I reckon that they have been banished by newer coaching stock. In the days before the introduction of the Voyagers, the same metallic sound pervaded a cold December nighttime journey from Birmingham to Edinburgh after a job interview. In this day and age, it just makes me wonder why no one ever thought to change the bogies on the Mk 2 coaches to quieter ones like what are common on their Mk 3 and Mk 4 successors. However, that may have had something to do with the money available for such work when they were more commonly used. Replacing them with Mk 3 rolling stock is probably more sensible now that there has been an influx of new trains over the last decade and that the SuperExpress is in the offing. That leaves me to wonder when Scotrail might get to releasing the Mk 2’s from overnight duties. With the economic environment right now, that well may be a matter of money, a scarcer commodity in these troubled times.

2 thoughts on “No engine required for a hell of a racket

  1. My only sleeper journey thus far was to Penzance from Reading. Foolishly I neglected to book a cabin and so tried to sleep through the night in my seat. Lights have to remain switched on for H&S reasons, and I was sharing he carriage with some excited Germans who were munching their way through some extremely loud crisp snacks! I seem to remember being shunted awake again when the train split at Par. Dozed most of the day in Porthcurno….
    Wanted to take the sleeper to Scotland when I walked the West Highland Way years ago, but it just didn’t get in at a reasonable time, and then I hit on some super cheap tickets via Manchester so that was that sorted. Love to try it again, though.

  2. Yes, some people don’t seem to understand sleeping by night but they usually are rare, thank goodness. I can’t speak for the West Country equivalents but the Scottish sleeper seem to charge an arm and a leg for a cabin. Say that, it is nice to have a bed as I found on an overnight journey to Fort William a few years back. If I’m feeling flush I might go the same again but the cost makes it a rare treat. The only time that I have had to sleep by day afterward overnight travel was after that return home from Scotland. Without a cabin, I can’t say that I’d be much use at work afterwards.

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