Caledonian Sleeper is on track to be Scotland's Orient Express [Herald]

Date: 17/08/2013

OPERATORS bidding for the new Caledonian Sleeper rail franchise will be encouraged to transform it into an international tourist attraction on a par with famous overnight trains such as the Orient Express. Passengers boarding at London Euston should feel they are stepping into Scotland as soon as they enter the revamped train, with everything from the food to the decor being 'emblematic of the very best of Scotland'. The challenge was made as government agency Transport Scotland set out the minimum requirements it expected the successful bidder to deliver in exchange for more than £50 million of public money.

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The southbound sleeper from Fort William stands at Crianlarich in 1995. Photographed from a cold and lonely platform while hillwalking pals went off to the pub for a drink by a warm fire!
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Company: West Highland Railway
//1995 Ewan Crawford
Green liveried 47522 Doncaster Enterprise, takes the Euston-Inverness Sleeper north through the Dunblane Laighills at 5.30 a.m. one morning in June 1988. This was a long and heavy train, carrying cargo such as newspapers as well as sleeping passengers. To obtain a similar photo today of the much shorter and faster Caledonian Sleeper, one would need to knock on someone's door and ask to stand in their kitchen at 5.15 a.m!
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