Steam train trips set for the Borders

Photograph by Ian Georgeson'Tornado steam train travells along the East Coast Main line and arrives at Edinburgh Waverley station.
Photograph by Ian Georgeson'Tornado steam train travells along the East Coast Main line and arrives at Edinburgh Waverley station.
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Tickets are now on sale for the much-anticipated steam train journeys on the new Borders Railway line, due to begin on September 10.

Following the success of the Inverness and Carlisle steam train specials which were held 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 only 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 September 10 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 the tickets will 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.”

She went on: “This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase the country’s newest railway line, and in such a romantic style.”