Recapturing the golden age of steam on the Borders Railway


Recapturing the golden age of steam,  a new tour of the Borders Railway from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank and back, will open on 10 September. Scotrail have teamed up with Steam Dreams to bring the stunning ‘Union of South Africa’ locomotive to the ‘Borders Railway’. The Union of South Africa, is one of six remaining LNER Class A4 steam locomotives in the UK, built in Doncaster in 1937.

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

Steam services running on the reopened Borders Railway will run through the Borders three days a week, 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).

Tickets for the steam tours – and to book a visit to Abbotsford House and Melrose Abbey – can be purchased by from Steam Dreams:


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