Railway holds poignant tribute

A locomotive, named Penicuik, and owned by an Aln Valley Railway'member, is kept at the railway's Lionheart base in Alnwick.

A locomotive, named Penicuik, and owned by an Aln Valley Railway'member, is kept at the railway's Lionheart base in Alnwick.

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A poignant act of remembrance was held at a heritage railway development in honour of three soldiers killed in an Afghanistan roadside bomb attack.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend at the Aln Valley Railway’s Alnwick Lionheart site, a locomotive named Penicuik was decorated with a wreath, flags and poppies, donated by the Alnmouth and Alnwick branch of the Royal British Legion.

Collection boxes were provided in aid of the Legion’s 2013 Poppy Appeal.

The gesture was made in honour of three soldiers from The Royal Regiment of Scotland who were killed last month. Corporal William Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint were from the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the 2nd Battalion, which is based near to Penicuik. The third soldier was Private Robert Hetherington, of the 51st Highland, 7th Battalion.

The decorated loco, now in the Aln Valley Railway’s possession, was bought for service in Penicuik in 1935.