A 1937 locomotive will be steaming through Tayside and Fife.
The Union of South Africa is on a tour of Britain and will depart Edinburgh at 10.04am today (Wednesday for Aberdeen before making the return journey at 4.10pm. It will pass through Inverkeithing,Kirkcaldy, Thornton, Ladybank, Leuchars, Dundee, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Montrose and Laurencekirk.
Built in Doncaster for the LNER, it was originally named the Osprey but took to service from the Haymarket shed in Edinburgh as the Union of South Africa.
In 1954, a Bloemfontein benefactor donated its Springbok plaque, which was mounted on its side and remains there today.
Union of South Africa was allocated to Haymarket shed from new and had her only transfer to Aberdeen in 1962. In October 1964 it hauled the last booked steam-hauled train from King’s Cross. It was withdrawn from British railways service in June 1966.
Bought by John Cameron it was preserved on the now-defunct Lochty Private Railway in Fife. From the 1980s she started to travel all over the UK, visiting many preserved railways and hauling mainline steam specials.
Go to uksteam.info/tours/t13/t0424a.htm to find out when the train will pass through your area.