I had a very special birthday this year, not due to me being a special age but due to me getting some very special treatment. It was a surprise trip. I didn’t know where we were going up to the point Tom walked me down the platform at Euston to the last carriage of the Caledonian sleeper train to Fort William. When we got in the cabin I found our luggage which had been deposited in the left luggage the night before, along with a tailor made mini bar and a leaflet describing the weekend activities.
It was one of the most amazing weekends I have ever had. The weather was perfect with full sun and snowy scenery the whole weekend. We had cable car action, walks, drives, lovely food, monuments and castles.
Here are my photos and here are Tom’s photos. I won’t bother giving a full account of the weekend because Tom’s promotional leaflet (pdf) does the job.
It was also good to know that the anticipation reached facebook. Here is just a bit of the response to my live updates in the lead up to getting on the train.
Sarah …waiting to see what happens on Lexington St
Sarah Have been deposited at AMT at Euston station with tea. Told to listen to ipod so can’t hear. Tom disappeared to don’t know where.
There were 51 comments to this update and here are the edited highlights – note most of these people have never met.
Jenny at 20:44 on 06 February
I’m on the edge of my seat/bed……
Jenny at 20:45 on 06 February
Do you think you’re going to Northampton?
Rosemary at 20:46 on 06 February
oooh how exciting!
Penny at 20:47 on 06 February
Susan at 20:47 on 06 February
Oooh it’s so exciting – only tea though, where’s the champagne? What’s AMT?
Nicola at 20:54 on 06 February
Hurry up, Tom!
Susan at 20:57 on 06 February
This is too exciting for words!
Jenny at 20:58 on 06 February
Maybe Tom’s gone to Inverness and Sarah is going to Northampton!
Susan at 21:03 on 06 February
It’s almost getting too late for Inverness – unless they are just getting on the train, but I think that’s the favourite
Nicola at 21:06 on 06 February
I hope it’s not Watford Junction…
Jenny at 21:12 on 06 February
Hope she lets us know before the train gets to Inverness, we’ll be here all night! Sing song anyone?
There followed lots of discussion on songs about trains and Thomas the Tank Engine in particular