Caledonian Sleeper at Glasgow Central

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Logo celebrating 150 years of Sleeper services to Scotland

Celebrating 150 Years
of Scotland-London
Sleeper services

On April 2nd, 1873, North British Railway introduced the first regular sleeper on the Glasgow-Edinburgh-Kings Cross route via the East Coast Mainline and for a supplement of 10/- your seat rolled flat to make a bed with a blanket and pillow.  Since then, sleeping car design has developed rapidly until, by the 1920s, night trains had become a stylish and sophisticated way to travel between Scotland and England.  With iconic names such as the Night Scotsman, the Royal Highlander, and the Aberdonian linking the two.

Offering teak lined cabins, carpeted corridors, crisp bedlinen, and uniformed stewards these iconic trains of yesteryear soon attracted an aura of luxury and intrigue, even featuring in several detective stories.

After the Second World War new rolling stock was introduced with more sophisticated features such as air-conditioning. Sleeper train design has continued to evolve through the decades and in 2019 brand new carriages were introduced including an iconic update to the Caledonian Sleeper branding, – first introduced in 1996, as well as en-suite shower facilities, double beds, and a smart club car showcasing the flavours of Scotland.

In 2023, you are travelling on an extraordinary sixteen carriage train which celebrates 150 years of Sleeper train evolution.  So, sit back, relax, and let your mind be captured by all the exciting possibilities of the Caledonian Sleeper and wake up to a unique way of travelling…

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150th Anniversary Whisky

Annandale Distillery
Caledonian Sleeper whisky bottles and miniatures
Two glasses above Caledonian Sleeper whisky

2023 marks the 150-year anniversary of Scotland-London Sleeper services and what better way to commemorate this special occasion than to develop our own exclusive Caledonian Sleeper whisky?

Handpicked at Annandale Distillery (Est.1836), our unique 8-year-old lowland malt started life in February 2015. Matured in an American oak ex-bourbon cask, our whisky offers hints of creamy sweet toffee combined with the crisp flavours of ripe Granny Smith apples and Conference pears.

This limited-edition single malt whisky (ABV 50%) is available to buy onboard in 5cl bottles complete with exclusive labelling – yours to enjoy onboard or take away as a souvenir.

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