SPECIAL STEAM SERVICES ON THE BORDERS RAILWAY
Tickets are now on sale for the much-anticipated steam train journeys on the new Borders Railway line. They will begin on 10 September.
Following the success of the Inverness and Carlisle steam train specials in June, ScotRail is offering passengers the chance to travel on the brand new line from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank and back, all in the comfort of a beautifully refurbished vintage carriage.
The services will be hauled by the popular 60009 Union of South Africa, one of six remaining LNER Class A4 steam locomotives in the UK, built in Doncaster in 1937.
ScotRail’s steam train journeys are offered in partnership with Steam Dreams, and will be available every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 September for six weeks.
Tickets will be priced at £75 for first class tickets, £40 for standard class, and £20 for a standard class child’s ticket (under 16). A family ticket (two adults and two children, standard class) is priced at £100. All tickets include train travel on ScotRail services to get to and from the steam train on the same day.
Tickets for the steam journeys – and to book a visit to Abbotsford House and Melrose Abbey - can be purchased by calling Steam Dreams on 01483 209888.
Jacqueline Taggart, Customer Experience Director at ScotRail, said: “These steam journeys will 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 country’s newest railway line, and in such a romantic style.”
Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, said: “It’s fantastic to see these iconic trains back in operation, allowing so many people the opportunity to appreciate Scotland’s countryside and railways from a unique and very special point of view, and to see them running on the long-awaited Borders Railway will be a real jewel in the crown both for Scotland’s tourism and rail industries.
“There can be few railway journeys which match the outstanding scenery on this new route, and I look forward to it being extremely successful. Steam services running on the reopened Borders Railway really will recapture the golden age of Scottish rail travel.”
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “The opening of the Borders Railway is a fantastic opportunity for Scottish tourism and the introduction of steam trains is excellent news. It 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 Midlothian.
“The magical Scottish Borders is one of Scottish tourism’s greatest assets and I’m convinced the addition of steam trains will make our new railway one of Scotland’s most sought-after attractions. I for one cannot wait to enjoy this amazing experience.”
For more information on ScotRail’s steam services, please visit: scotrail.co.uk/steam-trains