Edinburgh local spots 95-year-old Scots Guardsman steam train passing through Portobello

A famous 95-year-old steam locomotive was seen passing through Portobello over the weekend.

By Anna Bryan
Monday, 25th April 2022, 2:53 pm

The LMS Royal Scot Class 6115 Scots Guardsman, which was built in Glasgow in 1927, was spotted as it travelled through Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Mark Ballard, a Portobello local, was in his garden when he heard a whistle from the vintage train.

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He quickly jumped on his bike, and managed to intercept it at a bridge as it passed through the town.

Mr Ballard shared a video of the steam train with other locals on Facebook, and wrote: “Not bad for a 95 year-old locomotive!”

The train was named the Scots Guardsman in 1928 after the Scots Guards.

In 1936, it played a starring role in the film Night Mail, a documentary charting a night mail train’s journey from London to Scotland.

A 95-year-old locomotive passed through Edinburgh on Sunday. (Photo credit: Mark Ballard)

While the Scots Guardsman was withdrawn from duty in the 1960s, it has since been restored and has made several journeys to stations across the UK.