Incredible timelapse driver’s-eye footage of a train speeding from Edinburgh across the Forth Bridge to Aberdeen at the equivalent of 1,100mph
- The 130-mile journey takes two hours and 38 minutes on average in real life
- But in this mesmerising clip the trip is completed in just seven minutes
- The journey is one of the most breathtaking rail trips in Britain
It’s one of the most breathtaking British rail journeys – taking in two epic bridges – and now you can experience it in eye-popping timelapse style from the driver’s point of view.
LNER has released cab footage of a train making its way from Edinburgh to Aberdeen – across the Forth and Tay bridges – but speeded up so it’s travelling at the equivalent of 1,100mph.
The 130-mile journey takes two hours and 38 minutes on average in real life. But in this mesmerising clip – filmed in a hi-tech Azuma – the trip is completed in just seven minutes.
LNER has released cab footage of a train making its way from Edinburgh, pictured, to Aberdeen, but speeded up so it’s travelling at the equivalent of 1,100mph
After setting off at jetliner speeds from Edinburgh Waverley – and pausing briefly at Edinburgh Haymarket – the Azuma zips through Dalmeny station and across the Forth Bridge, a nerve-tingling wonder of 19th-century Victorian engineering.
It’s 2,467m (8,093ft) long, with the highest point of the structure reaching 360ft above the water at high tide – and 450ft above the foundations.
Another riveting fact? Six-and-a-half-million rivets were used to construct it.
The train crosses the Forth Bridge, a nerve-tingling 450ft-high wonder of 19th-century Victorian engineering
A view from inside the cab of an Azuma as it crosses the Forth Bridge. This still is not from the timelapse video
The train crosses the epic two-mile-long Tay Bridge just before arriving at Dundee station
Next, the train hurtles through Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy and Leuchars, which is the closest railway station to the famous St. Andrews, where Will met Kate.
Then it’s around a bend and across the epic Tay Bridge and into Dundee, home to the V&A Dundee design museum.
The exact length of the bridge is two miles and 73 yards (3,286m) – but it can be up to 3ft 9in longer on a hot day, due to thermal expansion.
LNER has also filmed stunning drone footage of an Azuma crossing the bridge, which you can see here.
Another eye-catching scene on the route, which is single-track for a short while
Further north on the route, semaphore signalling controls the flow of trains
The Edinburgh to Aberdeen journey is eye-catching from start to finish
Next, stationwise, comes Arbroath – a fishing town known for its famous ‘smokies’ fish dish – then Montrose and Stonehaven, a pretty harbour town famous for its Hogmanay fireballs ceremony.
The outskirts of Aberdeen, the Granite City, appear at the six-minute 50-second mark.
Of course, the ultimate experience for this journey is by real-life train.
Just make sure your camera is primed.
An Azuma train pictured at Edinburgh Waverley station. They replaced the diesel ‘125s’