The Site is Once Again Up To Date!

My first day in Dundee was spent getting this site current.  That meant compiling over 300 photos into three separate albums, writing captions where necessary, uploading all of video’s I shot on the Jacobite Steam Train excursion to Veimo and then making links to each video on the site.  

In addition I found a studio apartment in the Kensington neighborhood of London.  This studio apartment will not be inexpensive. In fact it is about $500.00 over my absolute maximum budget for for lodging in London.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is there is a kitchen with a fridge, range, oven, pots, pans, dishes, utensils and would you believe, a washer and dryer.  With all of those amenities I may be able to recoup some of that money by eating in (I am so tired of eating out, right now, I don’t care if I eat a single meal in a London restaurant.)  I’m so excited about having a washer and dryer I might just wash my clothes every day in the washer just so I don’t have to dip my hands in soapy water and use them as an agitator in a washing machine or wring all the water out of them and then try to get more water out of them by rolling each piece in all of the towels I have in my hotel room.

The only unknown is what this place will be like when I actually arrive.  I assure you that you, dear reader, will know as soon as I check in.  I’ll also post pictures of the place.  So please keep your fingers crossed.

Yesterday, I got to take that beautiful ride from Fort William back to Glasgow that I missed on Tuesday.  The ride was simply breathtaking.  The only issue for me was that that windows were not quite clear because they are made of plastic and I would say the windows have seen better days.  Also because of glare and the reflection in the windows I wasn’t able to take a single picture.  So go experience it for yourself.

Which brings me to the story I reported on in my last blog post because I just could not believe someone would do such a thing.  Although in retrospect with what I’ve been reading in the New York Times from the Middle East, to the Ukraine to Ferguson, MO and Statin Island I should not be surprised what we, as humans, seem capable of.  I am going to copy two articles I found on the internet after purchasing the local Fort William newspaper.  I also found the article on their web site.  I’ll post the link.  However, I’m not sure how long the story will be on line so I am posting the article here.  http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/21/devoted-father-walks-in-front-of-train-being-driven-by-ex-girlfriend-4841255/  As it turns out just do a search.  There are plenty of articles about it.

A man has been killed by a train driven by his former partner.

Gary Wells, 36, was struck by the train near Fort William station on Tuesday morning.

Emergency services were called to the incident but he died at the scene.

Diane MacDonald, who reportedly separated from Mr Wells recently, was driving the ScotRail train between Mallaig and Queen Street, Glasgow. She was informed of the death later.

A statement issued by her employer on behalf of Miss MacDonald said: “The circumstances are extremely upsetting for everyone involved.

“We would ask the media to please respect our privacy while we come to terms with what has happened.”

British Transport Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman said: “We were called to a rail crossing in Inverlochy, Fort William, shortly before 8am on Tuesday August 19 to a report that a man had been struck by a train.

“Colleagues from Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service also attended, but a 36-year-old man from the Fort William area was pronounced dead at the scene.

“His death is currently not being treated as suspicious.

“The man’s family have been informed. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

Trains were delayed in the area throughout the day due to the incident.

A man who died in a rail accident at Fort William was hit by a train driven his ex-partner.

British Transport Police are investigating the death of Gary Wells near Ben Nevis Distillery.

However, it is understood the 36-year-old was previously in a relationship with the female train driver, who has not been named.

Locals paid tribute to the popular shinty player last night.

Fort William Shinty Club chairman, Duncan McPhee, said: “Gary was a well respected player, played goalkeeper for the first and second teams, and a great servant to Fort William Shinty Club.

“Our thoughts are very much with his family at this sad time – our hearts go out to them.”

Brian Murphy, one of the town’s councillors, said: “I know the family. This is a very sad tragedy. All the thoughts of the community go out to the family at this time.”

Emergency services were called to the railway near the Ben Nevis Distillery, just before 8am on Tuesday

The accident involved the 6.03am Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street service and happened close to a private level crossing near the whisky plant, which is on the outskirts of Fort William.

Mr Wells, who is understood to have three children, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends and family also paid online tributes to him last night, including his aunt Davina Langston, who lives in Lincoln.

She said: “RIP to my lovely nephew Gary, taken from us far too early.”

Sandra Gregor Syme said: “I’m so sorry about your loss please pass on to your family they are in my prayers,” while Robert Cairns added: “My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time Gary was a great bloke.”

James Buchanan said he was “thinking of you guys”, while Cari Lynne Chapman said: “I am so sorry – words can’t describe your pain, my prayers are with you all.”

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “We were called to a rail crossing in Inverlochy, Fort William shortly before 8am on Tuesday, August 19, to a report that a man had been struck by a train.

“Colleagues from Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service also attended, but a 36-year-old man from the Fort William area was pronounced dead at the scene. His death is currently not being treated as suspicious.

“The man’s family have been informed. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

A ScotRail spokesman said: “We apologize to customers for any inconvenience caused by this sad incident.”

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