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Published on : Friday, July 14, 2017
STEAM trains have captured the attention and hearts of children for generations, from Thomas the Tank Engine to Polar Express, and now families looking for an extra special day can experience a piece of the magic in Scotland this summer.
Families can steam on down to the Scottish Borders every Sunday in August on a Black Five steam locomotive operated by the charity Scottish Railway Preservation Society. The special steam excursion will travel for the first time on a route that takes in two of Scotland’s Great Scenic Rail Routes – the Borders Railway and the Forth Rail Bridge, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.
The trip starts in Linlithgow before travelling over the Forth Rail Bridge and round the Fife coast before heading south on the Borders Railway to Tweedbank where visitors can enjoy a two-hour stopover.
And there are lots of things for little ones to see and do once they arrive in the Scottish Borders. Trips from Tweedbank Railway Station will visit Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, as well as the historic towns of Melrose and Galashiels.
Family-friendly activities include:
VisitScotland Regional Director Paula Ward said: “Travelling by steam train on this excursion through Fife, across the Forth Road Bridge, Edinburgh and the scenic Borders Railway offers a truly unique and exciting experience for visitors and is sure to capture the hearts and minds of children.
“The Scottish Borders is a fantastic place for families and our most recent visitor survey found that the range of activities on offer is one of the main reasons for attracting visitors to the region*. This steam experience is sure to prove a hit with children and families alike looking for something special to share together this summer.”
The Forth Bridge and Borders Steam Special Experience will depart from Linlithgow every Sunday in August, picking up passengers at Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Dalgety Bay and Edinburgh Waverley.
The return will be diesel-hauled from Tweedbank to Newcraighall, where the train will be turned on Niddrie triangle so that it can be steam-hauled for the remainder of the return journey.
The Black Five locomotive was designed by Sir William Stanier for the London, Midland & Scottish railway and a total of 842 were built between 1934 and 1951.
The trains will be operated by West Coast Railways.
Source:- Visit Scotland
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