To Inverness from Glasgow. There can be no more civilised way than the ‘Chieftain’ – which requires a quick run from Queen Street in a Turbostar and a change at Perth. What a splendid edifice Perth station is: more Brief Encounter than British Rail. The London, Midland & Scottish haunts its cavernous spaces and one expects a ‘Jubilee’ to appear at any moment. It is, however, no ‘Jubilee’, but a Virgin Trains East Coast HST that hoves into view from the south, the ‘Highland Chieftain’ bang on time.

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

I have a subscription but need to register on site…

You will need your print Customer ID ready to set up an account, you'll find this on your welcome email and cover sheet delivered with each print magazine.

Register now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers