Class 50s reach Tweed­bank

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A pair of pre­served Class 50s hauled a Pathfinder Tours char­ter to Tweed­bank on Jan­uary 5. The char­ter was run to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the clo­sure of the Waver­ley route, and was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be hauled by 55009 Aly­ci­don. How­ever, the Deltic was un­avail­able, and so 50007 Her­cules and 50049 De­fi­ance from the Class 50 Al­liance were used in­stead. Class 50s did tra­verse the route be­fore it closed in 1969. Mas­querad­ing as long-scrapped class­mate 50006 Nep­tune, 50007 stands at Tweed­bank, hav­ing ar­rived with the char­ter from Birm­ing­ham New Street. PAUL WIN­TER.

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