The Caledonain sleeper survives to run another day
Posts about "sleeper trains"
Six nights a week, the Night Rivera connects Cornwall, a bit of Devon and Taunton with London, transporting people between the east and the west in a mixture of single and twin berth cabins and "seated sleeper" carriages. Leave London on the 2345 and you can be right at the end of the line by 8am the next morning. You can even use it to get to the Isles of Scilly.
There can be only one contender. It's the West Highland Line from Fort William and there's only one way to do it. The Caledonian Sleeper.
As we ambled along, a mighty TOOOT TOOOT! filled the valley.
Earlier in the year I blogged about travelling to Edinburgh by sleeper. But it's not the only Scottish sleeper train there is, for you can also go to the highlands by overnight rail too.
Prior to this year, I'd only ever taken one journey on a sleeper train. It was 2003 and we were in St Petersburg visiting my sister, and she decided we should go to Moscow for the day to see the sights. Lenin's Tomb, Red Square and so on. We'd arrive on the sleeper, spend the day there and arrive back in St Petersburg the following morning.
In the UK you can get most places in a reasonable time by train so why fly? The journey from London to Edinburgh is perhaps pushing it slightly, with a journey of four and a half hours. So trying the sleeper train to Edinburgh seemed a good idea.
When it comes to trains, nothing really evokes the romance of the sleeper. Of boarding a train, and of it whisking you through the night to another city, where an attendant gently wakes you crying "Good morning sir" before handing you your breakfast.