Stick to your guns
THE recent unpopular ban on firearms on Scotrail trains has been alleviated by the announcement that licensed firearms are, in fact, allowed on the Caledonian Sleeper. BASC had voiced concerns that the company’s ban, introduced after a shotgun was left unattended on a train earlier this year, would negatively impact the grouse season, with chairman Peter Glenser pointing out that fieldsports tourism injects £155 million a year into the Scottish economy. However, the overnight train—from London Euston to Scotland via the east coast, to Inverness, Fort William and Aberdeen—is separately operated by Serco, whose CEO Rupert Soames announced on Twitter: ‘Worried about Scotrail Fireams ban? Relax @Calsleeper welcomes responsible customers with licensed firearms. #bestwaytotravelnorth.’ There’s a bit of hoopjumping involved—passengers must first contact the sleeper’s service centre and have a letter of authority—but the timely news is, indeed, welcome.
When travelling with guns was simpler: George Earl’s Going North