Festival Trains

Festival Train image
Credit: Wikimedia user Rosser1954 Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en
June 1988
Credit: Paul Climie
Festival Train
Credit: AW Fyfe
Festival Train
Credit: AW Fyfe
Festival Train
Credit: Richard East
Festival Train
Credit: Donald Whannell
Credit: Bobby Kenney
Credit: Bobby Kenney
Credit: Bobby Kenney
Credit: Ruth Duncan
Credit: Ruth Duncan
Credit: Ruth Duncan
Garden Festival 'zone'

Multiple Zones

Type of object

Vehicle, boat or ship

Current situation

Partly known

Current location, if known

Rusutsu Resport, Hokkaido, Japan (as of May 2022)


Three locomotives, with carriages, were built by Severn Lamb Ltd and based loosely on the design of Caledonian Railway 4-2-2 Locomotive no 23 (which had been built in Glasgow in 1886). They travelled the Festival Railway on a 25-minute circuit, and - despite their appearance - they were driven by diesel engines. The locomotives (and, it seems, their carriages) were transferred to Japan after the Festival. At least one locomotive still runs at the Rusutsu Resort. According to the Daily Express of 24 August 1988, a 'Japanese tycoon' was intending to purchase the trains for a 'Koala Park' in Brisbane. Presumably this refers to Kamori Kanko Co. Ltd - who own both Rusutsu Resort and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane - and the trains were diverted from Brisbane to Rusutsu.

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  1. anita elliott says:

    image by myself

    Heart of Scotland Station

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