Steam enthusiasts visiting Scotland next year are in for a treat with the launch of a brand new programme called 'The Aberdonian’ - five steam-hauled trains running between Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The launch train for ‘The Aberdonian’ will run on Thursday 14th March 2019 with the main series of Tornado-hauled trains running on Thursday 1st, Thursday 8th and Saturday 31st August and Saturday 7th September 2019. ‘The Aberdonian’ will depart Edinburgh Waverley station at around 09:30hrs for Aberdeen, returning at around 20:30hrs.
Passengers are invited to join Tornado, star of Paddington 2 and Top Gear, at Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations, before steaming across The Forth Bridge and along the beautiful Fife coastline. As the journey progresses, the train spans The Tay Bridge before crossing Dundee on its way to its first stop of Carnoustie where passengers can elect to alight for a day of golf. The railway then runs along cliff tops and through lush countryside via the coastal towns of Arbroath, Montrose and Stonehaven before arriving into Aberdeen’s light and airy station. On arrival at Aberdeen, passengers can choose to take one of the optional onward excursions or explore the city.
For passengers electing to stay in Aberdeen and experience its heritage and history, there many attractions within easy walking distance of the station. Those wishing to explore Aberdeenshire further can book onto one of three off-train excursions that offer an authentic taste of the local area, choosing from a distillery, a castle and a highland cattle farm. After a break of around four hours, Tornado will haul ‘The Aberdonian’ on its return journey to Edinburgh following the outward route.
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.”
Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has covered over 100,000 miles and seen service on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways right across Great Britain. Highlights have included three Royal Trains including the naming by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in February 2009; BBC Top Gear ‘Race to the North’ with Jeremy Clarkson on the footplate; the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle Railway; the first steam locomotive in the UK to achieve 100mph for 50 years; featuring in two BBC documentaries, ‘Absolutely Chuffed – the Men Who Built a Steam Engine’ and ‘Tornado the 100mph Steam Engine’, and starring in PADDINGTON 2 the movie.
You can see more details here https://www.a1steam.com/2018/09/12/the-aberdonian/