Union of South Africa returned to more traditional duties on the following day of the Borders Railway reopening. Here the engine was at the head of a service to allow the public to experience the lines return by means of heritage traction. The services, organised and supported by Scotrail are a part of the new Franchise offering steam services and heritage operations to bring more tourism to Scotland and build on successful operations elsewhere. The charter also showed the complexities of modern operation, with some regular Scotrail services suspended to allow the charter to pass through. Speeds compared with regular traffic were reduced, although in places, the charter seemed to be running well. Union of South Africa was supported on the day by Class 67 67026 Diamond Jubilee which was needed to haul the charter back to Edinburgh owing to no run round facility at Tweedbank. The A4 and its train were captured at various points on the railway, particularly in the more scenic sections from near Falahill to approaching Galashiels. The weather for the day was glorious allowing some attractive photographs to be taken. Furthermore the event is quite interesting to see the A4, or indeed any other heritage machine on a route that might be old in history but new in infrastructure thanks to its return to the network. It makes for interesting comparisons with the ideas of photographs from history, but also other areas of the network that still retain their historical and traditional infrastructure.
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Keywords:60009, Borders Railway, Railway Reopening,, Stow, Union of South Africa, Waverley Route
We were your hosts for this historical occasion and it was great to see the photos you took. Thankfully the weather was excellent and we have enjoyed seeing the steam trains running three times a week. Tornado did the run last Sunday but it has been Union of South Africa. Thanks for coming to stay and hope you will come back because the steam trains have been such a success they are talking about increasing the frequency next year. Thank you