Steam Train returns to the Borders Railway

Following the sold-out success in previous years, the Black Five steam locomotive will again travel along the Borders Railway in August.

SRPS ran four Fife Coast to Scottish Borders trips in August 2017 - each of which was sold out carrying a total of 1,600 people.

And this year, it will operate each Sunday in August, taking in two of Scotland’s Great Scenic Rail Routes between Linlithgow and Tweedbank.

VisitScotland expects the steam experience to provide an important boost to the local economy in the Scottish Borders after it attracted thousands of visitors to the region last year.

Regional leadership director Paula Ward said: “The steam train special from Fife, through Edinburgh and travelling down the Borders Railway to Tweedbank last year proved a runaway success with many of the days completely selling out.

“It really is a fantastic opportunity to step back in time and enjoy a relaxing day out to the Scottish Borders, taking in the spectacular scenery and discover two of Scotland’s great scenic rail journeys.

“Without a doubt, passengers are in for an unforgettable day out – they can sit back and relax and take in the picturesque beauty of the Fife coast, the iconic Edinburgh Waverley station, with plenty to see and do when they arrive in the Scottish Borders – all topped off with quality local food and drink.

“The return of the steam train experience provides an important boost to the local economy and continues to shine the spotlight on the quality of tourism offering in these regions.”

The special steam excursions will operate on every Sunday in August, departing from Linlithgow and cross the Forth Rail Bridge, before travelling onto Kinghorn, Burntisland and Aberdour.

After stopping at Dalgety Bay, the journey continues south over the Bridge once again to Edinburgh then along the 31-mile route of the Borders Railway to Galashiels and Tweedbank.

assengers will be able to enjoy more than two hours in the Borders before the return journey, with additional trips to Melrose, Galashiels, Abbotsford House and local restaurants also available.

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for business, councillor Mark Rowley, added: “We are delighted to work alongside SRPS and our Borders Railway Blueprint partners to bring back the steam train experience in 2018 after a hugely successful 2017.

“The fact that all four trips were sold out – bringing 1,600 people to the Scottish Borders – was testament to the offering by SRPS, which included spending the afternoon in our wonderful area with plenty to see and do, and quality local food and drink available.

“I am sure that the 2018 steam train days out will be another fantastic occasion on one of Scotland’s great scenic rail journeys.”