Congratulations on an excellent front page story, “Touring the Scottish Highlands by Luxury Train” by Shirley Slater and Harry Basch (March 30). This is a truly wonderful train that satisfies not only the railway enthusiast but travelers of all interests. The locomotive is an ex-London Midland Scottish Black 5 brought straight out of service from British Railways by Paddy Smith in 1968.
Hundreds of steam engines, carriages (cars) and stations have been saved from destruction, and for those visitors to England on a slightly more modest budget, steam trains can be seen and ridden all around the country. One of the best is a luncheon special from London to Stratford-on-Avon hauled by engines as famous as Sir Nigel Gresley and Flying Scotsman, the first steam engine to go 100 m.p.h. anywhere in the world.
I have a guide pamphlet to steam trains in Britain that I would happily send free to Times readers if they care to send me a stamped and return addressed No. 10 envelope: 17103 Kingsview Ave., Carson, Calif. 90746.
Assn. of Railway