SRPS: Scots enjoy steam with cream

Scottish Railway Preservation Society officials are pleased with their decision to repeat last year’s ‘one-off’ August programme of steam-hauled trips from Linlithgow over the Borders line to Tweedbank via Edinburgh, following last year’s results.

The trips are run every Sunday through August, and this year’s new innovation, afternoon cream teas, has also brought smiles to the faces of passengers.

‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No. 44871 passes Burntisland on the Fife Circle Line on August 5 with an SRPS railtour. NEVILLE WELLINGS

Following the same itinerary – Linlithgow to Tweedbank, calling at Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Dalgety Bay and Edinburgh Waverley – the trains continued via the Fife Circle to Galashiels and Tweedbank.

Again, following last year’s motive power arrangements, one of Ian Riley’s ‘Black Fives’ provided steam, with a West Coast diesel assisting at the rear.

Interestingly, the diesel was not present to work the trains, but to reverse engine and coaches at Niddre Junction prior to reaching Edinburgh on the return journey.

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