A4 ‘borrowed’ for Forth Circle trips

As HAS been usual practice, Scottish Railway Preservation Society officials have taken advantage of RTC’s ‘Great Britain’ railtours to ‘borrow’ a steam locomotive enabling them to promote and run what amounts to its annual ‘Forth Circle’ trips.

This year, two such trips have been flagged up to take place Sunday, May 7.

LNER A4 Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa back in steam for its last period of operation before being retired to a museum in Fife. No. 60009 approaches Townsend Fold on the East Lancashire Railway on April 23. KARL HEATH

Utilising the availability of A4 4-6-2 No. 60009 Union of South Africa which will have worked ‘GB X’ from York to Edinburgh, two special excursions are booked to cross the Forth Bridge and travel along the north shore of the Firth of Forth though Aberdour, Burntisland, and Kinghorn to Kirkcaldy.

Both morning and afternoon trains travel on through Dunfermline and along the coast to passing Culross, Kincardine and Alloa to Stirling.

Following a short photographic stop, the ‘Circle’ continues on through Falkirk to complete the Forth Circle.

Passengers are able to choose between catching the morning train from Linlithgow departing 9.50am or from Dalmeny at 2.55pm or Inverkeithing at 5.05pm.

Lunches are available on the morning train, dinner on the afternoon departure and should be booked in advance.

Buffet facilities are also included on the trips throughout both journeys. Telephone enquiries and bookings can be made on 0131 202 1033.

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