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The Heart of Midlothian

Monday 1 May 2017

header2-300x129No. 60163 Tornado heads for Scotland on this unforgettable Bank Holiday day out! A Class 67 diesel begins our tour with a fast run along the East Coast Main Line as far as Tyne Yard, just to the south of Newcastle and close by Antony Gormley’s striking ‘Angel of the North’ . Here Tornado will be waiting for the journey across the Tyne, through Newcastle Central and then onward through Morpeth and Alnmouth, with fine clifftop views over the North Sea towards the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.


We cross the border just to the north of Berwick-upon-Tweed where we pause while Tornado takes water. Then it’s on via Dunbar to reach the Scottish Capital where we enjoy a break of around two and a half hours. Waverley Station is right in the heart of Edinburgh, with the elegant shops of Princes Street to one side and the Royal Mile and Castle to the other. There will be time to take a City Sightseeing open-top bus tour of the city – definitely recommended!

The return journey gives us even more exciting East Coast Main Line steam action with Tornado. This time 60163 is in charge all the way back via Berwick, Newcastle, Darlington and York to Doncaster. Here a Class 67 resumes for the final leg of the journey to Peterborough.

This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. All profits will go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

Newark North Gate07.1022.40