The realisation of a new route (Airdrie to Bathgate) and a new train (Siemens Class 380) prompted a visit to the Glasgow area. My first ride on a Pendolino north of Preston was an experience in itself, climbing Grayrigg, Shap and Beattock at double the speed (or more) of my usual steam traction over these summits.
In Glasgow I glimpsed one pair of 380 units at Central before catching a train from the low level station to Partick, where I changed onto a 334 for a pleasant sunlit ride down the north bank of the Clyde to Helensburgh. The same train reversed and headed for Edinburgh via Airdie and Bathgate. I travelled as far as Drumgelloch, the first station on the newly restored stretch of line, before returning to Glasgow.
Then the same pair of 380s arrived at Central, and I rode them along the south bank of the Clyde to Wemyss Bay and back. Soon it was time for my Pendolino back to Preston
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