Stamp of approval

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A North-east steam locomotive has been honoured in the form of a stamp issued by the Royal Mail.

The image of the Bon-Accord tank engine, which is now based at Milton of Crathes, is part of the new Classic Locomotives of Scotland range.

The £1 stamp shows a picture of the Andrew Barclay number 807 propelling coal wagons along Aberdeen’s Miller Street in 1962, shortly before the engine was withdrawn from service.

Bon-Accord was rescued was rescued from being scrapped in the 1970s and steam enthusiasts began a long drawn process of scraping rust and preservation.

Twelve years ago the Bon Accord Locomotive Society was formed to restore the loco and the rebuilding process was completed in 2009 before being transported to the Deeside Railway in March 2010 where it has since run passenger services.

The Kilmarnock-built Bon-Accord is owned by the Grampian Transport Museum at Alford, but leased to Royal Deeside Railway volunteers who use the 20-ton engine to haul carriages along the former railway line on the outskirts of Banchory.

The Locomotives of Scotland stamps also feature images of the Glen Falloch and Glen Loy, two engines appearing on the 1st class stamp, the Andrew Bain and the Clan Mackinnon, which was one of the last Highland Railway locomotives to remain in active service.

Royal Mail joined forces with railway expert Professor Colin Divall of the National Railway Museum in York, and Scottish railway expert Dugald Cameron, to select the four locomotives featured.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “Scotland has an incredible railway heritage, not just in terms of its locomotive production, but also its iconic structures such as the Forth Bridge.”