Borders Railway Steam 2017, 44871 on Borthwick Bank

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Bob Avery

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After last year's euphoric reopening of part of the old Waverley Route to Tweedbank and the associated steam workings the shine seems to have rapidly worn off and the 2017 steam programme has been rather subdued, with just four trains programmed for the mid summer season and organised by the SRPS rather than Scotrail. All four were diagrammed for Black 5s from the Ian Riley stable, 45407 running down to Edinburgh for the first two from Fort William and 44871 up from Bury for the second pair. The latter is seen on Sunday 20th August 2017 ascending the near-legendary Northwick Bank and putting out plenty of smoke.

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