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Union of South Africa owner, John Cameron,  passes a shovel from the cab of the steam locomotive at Edinburgh's Waverley station to carry Queen Elizabeth II, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, and her husband, Prince Philip, on a journey to inaugurate the new �294 million Scottish Borders Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Union of South Africa owner, John Cameron, passes a shovel from the cab of the steam locomotive at Edinburgh's Waverley station to carry Queen Elizabeth II, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, and her husband, Prince Philip, on a journey to inaugurate the new �294 million Scottish Borders Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Engine room of the Union of South Africa, the steam train will be running special trips along the Borders Railway

Engine room of the Union of South Africa, the steam train will be running special trips along the Borders Railway

John Cameron, owner of the Union of South Africa steam train speaks with HM The Queen, after delivering to Tweedbank to formally open the Borders Railway

John Cameron, owner of the Union of South Africa steam train speaks with HM The Queen, after delivering to Tweedbank to formally open the Borders Railway

The Southern Reeporter's Mark Entwistle speaks to John Cameron

The Southern Reeporter's Mark Entwistle speaks to John Cameron

Union of South Africa arrives at Tweedbank station with HM The Queen aboard to formally open the Borders Railway. John Cameron at the front

Union of South Africa arrives at Tweedbank station with HM The Queen aboard to formally open the Borders Railway. John Cameron at the front