Engine steams through local area

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KERR’S Miniature Railway stopped to greet one of the oldest working steam engines on Sunday when it passed through Arbroath.

The children’s railway, which operates from the West Links, was dwarfed by the 46115 Scots Guardsman engine which was on the second day of a round Britain tour.

The locomotive was making its way from Edinburgh to Aberdeen on the East Coast mainline and passed through Monifieth, Carnoustie and then Arbroath on its way north.

The train is on an eight-day journey which started at London King’s Cross on Saturday and will end on Sunday back in London having taken in Eastern England, Scotland and then the West Country.

Prices to travel on the luxury steam engine on its tour start from £1,595 ranging to £2,520 travelling in premier class.

It is the fourth time the journey has been run using restored steam engines and organisers of the trip say it could be the last.

The arrival of the train in the local area certainly sparked interest among train enthusiasts, and people were eager to catch a glimpse of the locomotive.

One of those was John Kerr, the third generation driver at Kerr’s Miniature Railway, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.

Knowing that the steam engine was about to pass by, he stopped the ‘Firefly’ engine and grabbed his camera to take this picture.

He said: “There was a steam special that passed on the main railway line and Kerr’s Miniature Railway decided to do a picture shoot.

“Some of the locals might be thinking ‘What was that loud whistle?’.

“Well this would explain what it was.”