Scotrail Steam 2016?

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Does anyone know if Scotrail are planning to put on any steam railtours this year? Their website still says "watch this space" - but we are already at the middle of May.... The only Tweedbank steam I know of this year is the fully-booked Flying Scotsman visit on Saturday.
 
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Does anyone know if Scotrail are planning to put on any steam railtours this year? Their website still says "watch this space" - but we are already at the middle of May.... The only Tweedbank steam I know of this year is the fully-booked Flying Scotsman visit on Saturday.

Having heard Phil Verster speaking at the recent CRAG meeting, he mentioned that they are expecting weekend steam trips down the Borders Rail at weekends. If I remember rightly it was one a day,both Saturday and Sunday for a month.
 

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Having heard Phil Verster speaking at the recent CRAG meeting, he mentioned that they are expecting weekend steam trips down the Borders Rail at weekends. If I remember rightly it was one a day,both Saturday and Sunday for a month.

That's good news: there's also an article in The Scotsman today saying the same thing.
http://www.scotsman.com/news/transp...land-next-year-after-sell-out-trips-1-4131110

Sadly, I feel it unlikely that there will be anything going North - hardly the steam bonanza that the Abellio Scotrail pitch seemed to hold out, (http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/abellio-planning-steam-trains-for-scotland-1-3569868) but that's media spin for you, I should know better than to believe in it. Oh well: fingers crossed for 2017...
 

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That's good news: there's also an article in The Scotsman today saying the same thing.
http://www.scotsman.com/news/transp...land-next-year-after-sell-out-trips-1-4131110

...though it does say these will only be on Sundays:

Meanwhile, ScotRail is hoping to repeat the success of its own sold-out steam runs on the Borders Railway last year by arranging Sunday trips in August and September. The excursions have been timed to coincide with the Edinburgh festivals, with its vast potential market of visitors to the capital.

The services will be run only on Sundays to avoid the need to cancel regular ScotRail trains on the largely single-track line, as they operate less frequently that day.
 
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