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Scottish railtours for steam locomotive No.60163 Tornado in 2019

A1 No. 60163 Tornado stands at Skipton ready to depart for Appleby // Credit: RailAdvent

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has announced that steam locomotive 60163 Tornado will be hauling ‘The Aberdonian’ railtours in 2019.

This is a new programme of five trains between Edinburgh and Aberdeen in 2019.

The first train for ‘The Aberdonian’ will run on Thursday 14th March 2019, with the main series taking place on Thursday 1st, Thursday 8th and Saturday 31st August and Saturday 7th September 2019.

The train will depart Edinburgh Waverley station at 09:30 for Aberdeen and will return at around 20:30.

Passengers can join the star of Paddington 2 and Top Gear at Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket. The train will then cross the famous Forth Bridge. After crossing the Tay Bridge and the train will make its first stop at Carnoustie. Passengers can alight here for a day of golf.

Upon arrival at Aberdeen, passengers can either explore the city or choose one of the optional onward excursions.

After a break of around four hours, 60163 Tornado will haul the return journey to Edinburgh following the outward route.

Adult tickets are priced at Standard Class £99, First Class £159, First Class Dining £235.

If you would like to book a ticket, please click here or call 01438 715050.

What did the officials say?

Riddell Graham, VisitScotland Director of Industry & Destination Development, said:

“I am delighted to hear about The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s latest programme of steam trains between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. These journeys will give visitors the chance to step back in time and enjoy the stunning scenery of the east of Scotland, all within these wonderful trains which showcase our rich heritage.

“Everything we do at VisitScotland is about creating a passion for Scotland and innovative events like this help create a destination and customer experience worth talking about.”

Sir Peter Hendy, Chair of Network Rail, added:

“Scotland and its railway will massively welcome this series of steam hauled trains, crossing the iconic Forth Bridge and connecting the Granite City of Aberdeen with the Scottish capital. Tornado is a shining example of British engineering, reflecting the country that invented railways, and giving pleasure on every trip to thousands of Scots as it traverses Scotland. I hope this series of trips become a permanent feature of the Scottish railway scene. Network Rail strongly supports this initiative.”

Graeme Bunker-James, Operations Director and Trustee of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented that:

“We are extremely proud to be launching ‘The Aberdonian’ series of new special steam-hauled trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, taking in the fabulous sights of the east coast of Scotland. Hauled by our famous new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, crossing the iconic Forth Bridge, exploring some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer and visiting Aberdeen and the surrounding area will make this an unforgettable day out for all who travel. There is even the option to dine on-board and enjoy fabulous dishes using the very best Scottish ingredients prepared by our on-board chefs.”

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