Summer 2020 (see dates below)
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, which built, owns and operates new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, will be operating The Aberdonian, a series of steam-hauled trains this summer between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. With its authentic heritage carriages, the experience recalls the glamorous golden age of steam-hauled railway travel, travelling along a beautiful stretch of Scottish coastline.
Tornado, which has starred in Paddington 2 and Top Gear, leaves Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations before steaming across the Forth Bridge and passing Dundee on its way north. The views from the train are spectacular as the railway then runs along cliff tops and through lush countryside via the coastal towns of Arbroath, Montrose and Stonehaven, before arriving into Aberdeen’s light and airy station, from where passengers can explore the city at their own pace, or can take one of the optional onward excursions.
Aberdeen’s attractions have been given a recent boost with the re-opening of the popular and excellent Aberdeen Art Gallery (see Artmag’s review) and there are many other attractions within easy walking distance of the station, while those wishing to explore Aberdeenshire further can book onto one of two off-train excursions that offer an authentic taste of the local area, choosing from Glen Garioch distillery or Crathes Castle. After a break of around four hours, Tornado will haul The Aberdonian on its return journey to Edinburgh, following the outward route.
First Class and Premier silver-service dining options are available, affording a truly luxurious travel experience, and a buffet car is available in Standard Class. In all, The Aberdonian makes an ideal day out to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or simply spending time together as friends and family.
The train runs Thursdays 23rd July, 30th July, 13th August, 20th August, 3rd September and 10th September. Adult tickets are priced at Standard Class £99, First Class £159, Premier Dining £235.
www.a1steam.com/aberdonian Tel. 01325 4882015
Image: 60163 Tornado at Edinburgh Waverley, 8th August 2019. Image Michael Denholm