Bon-Accord leaves Scotland for the first time as Beamish beckons

ROYAL Deeside Railway-based Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Bon-Accord (807/1897) left its native Scotland for the first time in its 119-year existence on September 11, transferring by road to Locomotion in Shildon to take part in the museum’s autumn steam gala.

With its ‘skirts’ down, Bon-Accord lines up with Sir Cecil A Cochrane and Agecroft No. 1 at the close of Locomotion’s four-coupled themed gala on September 18. ANTHONY COULLS
With its ‘skirts’ down, Bon-Accord lines up with Sir Cecil A Cochrane and Agecroft No. 1 at the close of Locomotion’s four-coupled themed gala on September 18. ANTHONY COULLS

The ex-Aberdeen Gas Works locomotive, which returned to traffic in June following extensive repairs, was appearing at the September 17-18 event prior to moving on to Beamish Museum, where it is expected to remain for the rest of the year.

Over the course of the two days Bon-Accord ran in its full tramway guise with side plates (skirts) down, only the third and fourth time it has done so in preservation.

Read more in October’s edition of The RM

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