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30.05.17

Steam locomotion returns to Borders Railway for summer

History buffs and train enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that this summer they will once again be given the chance to hop on a steam train and travel through some of Scotland’s tranquil countryside.

That’s because this week, VisitScotland has announced that trips on a train hauled by a Black Five steam locomotive will run on the Borders Railway for the third year running, and will even go over the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

The opportunity is being offered by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, which operate and maintain the former British Rail coaches and bring them back to life for passengers to enjoy.

Services on the steam train will start at Linlithgow prior to going over the Forth Rail Bridge and round the Fife coast before heading south on the railway to Tweedbank.

These services will run every Sunday in August this year. The trip will also allow travellers to enjoy more than two hours in the Borders before the return journey, to take in the sights and the culture of the local area.

VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said he was delighted that the steam experience was being offered for passengers, describing the journey as a “unique opportunity”.  

“It also presents a unique opportunity to travel from the heart of Edinburgh city centre where Sir Walter Scott is celebrated right through the rich heritage and beautiful and inspiring landscape of the Scottish Borders to the home of the famous author at Abbotsford House,” he added.

“The Borders Railway has had a massive impact on the local economy since it was re-opened less than two years ago and opportunities like this continue to shine the global spotlight on the quality of tourism offering in this country.”

Rob Dickson, Scottish Borders Council’s corporate transformation and services director, commented: “The offering this year will provide a day to remember for all on board, crossing the Forth Rail Bridge before travelling along the Borders Railway to spend the afternoon in our wonderful area with plenty to see and do, and quality local food and drink available.

“It is clear that the Borders Railway is now becoming one of the great scenic rail journeys to experience.” 

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