Visit the Granite City of Aberdeen on this daytrip from Edinburgh steam hauled by legendary LNER A4 Pacific No.60009 Union of South Africa.
Our special train leaves Edinburgh Waverley steam hauled by LNER Pacific 4-6-2 No.60009 Union of South Africa as we head for the world famous Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You follow the scenic Fife coastline through Burntisland and Kirkcaldy, with outstanding views across the Forth estuary. Cutting inland via Thornton and Markinch, you pass through Ladybank and head across the Howe of Fife towards the Fair City of Perth. Running along the north bank of the Tay through the Carse of Gowrie, we reach Dundee where Captain Scott’s Antarctic expedition ship ‘RRS Discovery’ is housed on the quayside.
Leaving the Tay estuary, you follow the coast towards Arbroath, famous for its culinary ‘Smokies’. There are steep gradients to negotiate as we head away from Arbroath through Lunan Bay to Montrose. The Aberdeen line was one of the last stamping grounds of the A4 Pacifics that worked the crack expresses from Glasgow in 3 hours. Reaching Montrose, which sits on a land-locked lagoon, you move inland through the Howe of Mearns via the former Caledonian Railway’s line to reach the North Sea again at Stonehaven. This section of line includes more severe gradients that will require some hard work from our steam locomotive and its crew to keep to the schedule.
Your route follows the coastline before entering the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen, where you’ll have around two hours to sightsee and shop, before your steam locomotive departs Aberdeen around 15.40. We shall now retrace our outward route back to Edinburgh, arriving there around 21.00.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a muffin, afternoon tea and coffee with a cake and a biscuit.
Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Dining and First Class for a supplement of £25 per person (subject to availability).
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.
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