Published on : Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Following the success of last year’s sell-out trips, on Sundays during August and September, customers are being offered the chance to travel from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank and back, all in the comfort of a beautifully refurbished vintage carriage.
August’s trips will be hauled by 46100 Royal Scot, and September’s will see the return of the popular 60009 Union of South Africa on the Borders Railway.
These journeys are offered in partnership with Steam Dreams, and two trips will run every Sunday from 7 August until 25 September.
Tickets will be priced at £150 for first class tickets (includes gourmet dining experience in a private compartment), £130 for premier dining tickets (includes meal in first class carriage), and £55 for standard class tickets.
ScotRail has also partnered with local Scottish Borders companies to offer add-on passenger excursions upon arrival in Tweedbank.
Cathy Craig, Commercial Director for the ScotRail Alliance, said: “It is with great pleasure that we’re announcing the return of steam services to the Borders Railway.
“These journeys give people a chance to appreciate the new Borders Railway from the wonderful setting of a vintage steam train. This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase the line, and in such a romantic style.
“Not many train journeys can match the outstanding scenery on this route, and I look forward to seeing how successful these trips will be.”
Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Fiona Hyslop said: “It’s fantastic that 2016 will see the return of these iconic trains to the Scottish Borders Railway. After their sell out season last year the opportunity to visit Abbotsford and other attractions in the area shows the prospects for different sectors to work together to grow the tourism economy of the Scottish Borders.”
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said: “The Borders Railway opened last September and has already provided a real boost to Scottish tourism and the wider economy with hundreds of thousands of passengers making the journey and experiencing the great variety of attractions and businesses on the route.
“To have steam train journeys available again this summer for visitors and residents alike is brilliant news. It really is a chance for passengers to step back in time and enjoy the beautiful countryside on another level as these majestic locomotives make their way through Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.”