The Anonymous Widower

Caledonian Sleeper Considers Seven-Day Running

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail Magazine.

This is the introductory paragraph.

More routes and seven-day-a-week running could feature for Caledonian Sleeper in the future.

To my mind, it should always be a service that runs seven days a week, as the make-up of passengers seems to contain, a lot of those who want to travel on the day they want.

As to more routes, I wrote about possible services between the Far North and Edinburgh in Rail Sleeper Plan Between Caithness And Edinburgh

This was my conclusion.

I feel that not next year, but once Scotland’s rail system is fully developed, with the shortened Inter-City 125s serving the longer routes and electric trains all over the Central Belt, that a Sleeper Train between Edinburgh and Thurso will be viable.

I’d certainly give it a go!


I can’t see any reasons for investigating the roll out of extra Caledonian Sleeper services, once the company sorts out their current operational problems.

Hopefully, the Scottish Government and tourism industry will give the services their backing.



October 9, 2019 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. What will happen to the old trains ? Will they all be scrapped or
    will they be sold to other countries, refurbished and then be used for another years to come ?

    Comment by Wolfgang Maresch | October 9, 2019 | Reply

    • The Mark 3 sleepers are approaching forty years old, but scrapping them is as difficult as removing Japanese knotweed. Caledonian Sleeper are looking to refurbish them and deploy them as short sets on Far North routes from Edinburgh, if that idea goes ahead.

      Comment by AnonW | October 9, 2019 | Reply

      • Is this due to asbestos insulation I wonder?

        Comment by mauricegreed | October 10, 2019

      • Not with the new trains, I would think!

        Comment by AnonW | October 10, 2019

  2. I am looking at trying out the new Caledonian Sleepers and would be very interested in going all the way to Thurso

    Comment by Stephen Trinder | October 9, 2019 | Reply

    • I tried the new carriages out in August and they were fine. But staff problems made it all a bit pear-shaped. I went to Inverness once in the old coaches and it was good. You can get a train from Inverness to Thurso. I think I’d go the other way, by taking a flight to Orkney and a ferry to Thurso. Then come back down by train and sleeper.

      Comment by AnonW | October 9, 2019 | Reply

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