Time-lapse cab ride clip shows a train hitting 830mph in the Highlands

Fascinating speeded-up driver’s-eye footage shows a train hurtling through the Scottish Highlands at the equivalent of 830mph

  • LNER has released time-lapse footage of a trip from Carrbridge to Edinburgh
  • The journey would normally take three hours – the clip lasts seven minutes 
  • There is also drone footage of an Azuma on the highest point in LNER’s network

Heading out and exploring the majestic Scottish countryside isn’t possible just yet – but here’s a spellbinding way of seeing a vast tract of it… from an armchair.

LNER has released incredible speeded-up driver’s-eye cab-ride footage of a journey through the Highlands from just south of Inverness to Edinburgh – the most severely graded line on the UK railway network.

In real life, the 100-mile journey takes, on average, three hours and seven minutes. But in this mesmerising time-lapse video, the train – a hi-tech Azuma – completes the route in just over seven minutes, at the equivalent of 830mph.

LNER has released incredible speeded-up driver’s-eye cab-ride footage of a journey through the Highlands from just south of Inverness to Edinburgh – the most severely graded line on the UK railway network. Pictured is the start of the clip, near Carrbridge

A bit more than the Azuma’s top operating speed of 125mph.

The journey starts at Carrbridge on a section of tree-lined track – then the footage shows the train scampering through Aviemore and Kingussie before flying over the Drumochter Pass between Blair Atholl and Dalwhinnie, which at 1,484ft above sea level is the highest point on the LNER route (as a bonus LNER has also released drone footage of an Azuma at this point, which you can see below.)

Then the train hurtles through Pitlochry, the city of Perth, Gleneagles and Stirling.

In real life, the 100-mile journey takes, on average, three hours and seven minutes. The clip lasts just over seven minutes 

The footage shows the train scampering through Aviemore and Kingussie before flying over the Drumochter Pass

A view from an Azuma cab just north of Perth (this still isn’t from the time-lapse video)

The sun blazes across the landscape as the train goes through Falkirk Grahamston, north-west of Edinburgh.

Nearly there.

In the final seconds, the train makes short work of the outer sections of Edinburgh, zipping past Murrayfield Stadium and Haymarket station in not much more than the blink of an eye.

In the final seconds, the train makes short work of the outer sections of Edinburgh, zipping past Murrayfield Stadium 

The clip ends as the train pulls into Edinburgh Waverley – the second busiest railway station in Scotland 

LNER is celebrating one year since the Azuma was introduced and is giving people the chance to name a train. This image shows an Azuma at Edinburgh Waverley

LNER has released drone footage of an Azuma travelling over the Drumochter Pass between Blair Atholl and Dalwhinnie, which at 1,484ft above sea level is the highest point on the LNER route

The clip ends as the train pulls into Edinburgh Waverley – the second busiest railway station in Scotland.

The journey shown is part of the route of the Highland Chieftain service, which starts in Inverness and terminates at London Kings Cross.

It operates daily each way and takes eight hours.

That’s a long journey, but a few hours shorter than the UK’s lengthiest, a thirteen-and-a-half-hour service operated by Cross Country between Aberdeen and Penzance.

LNER is celebrating one year since Azuma was introduced and is giving people the chance to name a train. Details can be found here.   
 

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