Steam Unseen! (50s in Scotland)

Author/Source: 

Bob Avery

Editors Notes: 

We had hoped to show you the unique double-chimneyed "Jubilee" no 45593 "Bahamas" on its loaded test run in this clip but it was, unfortunately, declared unfit to run on the day and the test was postponed. It should have run on Thursday 17th January 2018 but issues with the TPWS and a warm bearing have to be sorted out before it runs, thus the steam was "unseen"! Instead we bring you another nostalgic reminder of the days immediately after the end of steam in 1968 as a pair of class 50s (nos 50049 "Defiance" and 50007 "Hercules") visited Scotland on 5th January 2019 and made the first run of the class over the Borders Railway on the "Waverley Reunion" railtour. They are seen "top 'n tailing" just south of Stow on the dynamic loop and then powering through Slateford, double-headed. No 50007 bore the number 50006 and name "Neptune" on one side and Large Logo no 50049 showed 50011 "Centurian". These locos will soon bear a current TOC livery - that of GB Railfreight!

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