Full Steam Ahead

Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F18 Jacobite Steam train on track
Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F18 Jacobite Steam train on track

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Glasgow couple, Manjunika and Davinder Singh set off from home at 6am on Monday to be among the first passengers on the Jacobite steam train, which was making its first journey on the West Highland Line since lockdown was relaxed, writes Iain Ferguson.

The 1st class tickets were a present from their family on Mr Singh’s 75th birthday last April, but they could not be used due to travelling restrictions. However, the moment the couple heard that the service was resuming, they booked their places on the trip.

Mrs Singh told us: ‘We lived in Dalmally for many years and often saw steam trains passing. We always wanted to take a journey on one but never managed,  so today is an ambition fulfilled.’

Mr Singh was also delighted to finally being able to use his gift, adding: ‘I was very excited to get the Jacobite tickets a year ago but, of course, could not use them. When we heard that the steam train was running again, I said to the family, better do it quickly as I may only have 25 years left!

‘The weather today may not be very good after all the sunshine, but I am really looking forward to the journey.’