A popular steam locomotive has visited Aberdeen again today.
Our support crew have been working hard preparing Tornado for tomorrow’s train. We are now all ready for the first ‘Aberdonian’ of the summer season.
⚠️Please stay safe and follow the rules of the railway if you are coming out to see the train tomorrow. ???????? pic.twitter.com/7AOyCJiDSS
— 60163 Tornado (@60163_Tornado) July 31, 2019
Images shared online show the engine on approach to the recently refurbished turntable at Ferryhill this afternoon ahead of its return trip to Edinburgh.
— 60163 Tornado (@60163_Tornado) August 1, 2019
And trainspotters in the region spotted The Aberdonian on approach to the city.
That be the one I caught as I was going to do an assist. ?????? pic.twitter.com/QCYkU4OPkl
— Gena Merritt (@GenaM44) August 1, 2019
— Matt (@Matty_TEE) August 1, 2019
— Michael Diamond (@bergjagger) August 1, 2019
— Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust (@railway_trust) August 1, 2019
Before the refurbishment at Ferryhill, trains had only been able to travel as far north as Edinburgh, with nowhere available nearer Aberdeen for them to turn around and head back south again.
However, thanks to the dedicated hard work of volunteers from The Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust, a turntable near Duthie Park depot was restored with the Tornado the first locomotive to use the turntable since the mid-1990s.