Helensburgh is a 'posh' place and birthplace of the late actress Deborah Kerr and television inventor, John Logie Baird. Airdrie is a town which was populated by many Scottish Highlanders in the 19th and early 20th centuries in search of work. Most of my ancestors came from the Highlands to live in Motherwell and Glasgow, but some went to live in Airdrie.
Perhaps the cultured residents of these two towns appreciate art because the former Helensburgh/Airdrie trains have some lovely artwork displayed on their walls.
|Peoples' Palace, Glasgow|
|Clyde from Gourock|
|Wemyss Bay Station|
|Pictures from a distance|
In September 1819 the Comet ran a service to Oban and Fort William and on 13 December 1820 she was shipwrecked in strong currents at Craignish Point near Oban, with Bell on board. One of the engines ended its working days in a Greenock brewery, and is now in The Science Museum in London.
Travelling by train does have its advantages, sometimes!