Blood and Custard

Innocently waiting: rugby fans crowd the Edinburgh-bound platform at Dunfermline Town on 24 November as loco No 68007 pauses on the opposite platform with 1Z68, the 11.51 Inverkeithing to Haymarket special via Glenrothes. Ian Lothian


You’ll be lucky to get on: No 158868 on the 12.04 to Edinburgh at Dunfermline on 24 November. The train was stuck at the station for six minutes while the conductor – subject to a barrage of abuse – tried to persuade passengers to stand away from the doors so that they could be closed. The scene was likely repeated further south. Ian Lothian

WHAT GOES around comes around: that is the essence of a circle. Trouble is, nobody bothered to tell the passengers at Dunfermline Town on 24 November when Scotland was playing rugby against Argentina at Murrayfield. Enterprisingly, ScotRail put on a special round the Fife Circle outer rail using the weekday peak loco-hauled set. But when it paused to call at Dunfermline Town (9 o’clock on the circle) no-one told the rugby fans – many only occasional rail users – that it would be best to join the northbound Mk 2s and travel via Glenrothes (noon on the circle) rather than trying to go south on regular services via Rosyth (six o’clock on the circle).

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