UK's Prince Charles pays portion of train's restoration costs

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BANCHORY, Scotland — Railroading evokes long memories — at least for the United Kingdom's Prince Charles, who paid to help restore a train he once rode years before.

Charles recently visited to the Royal Deeside Railway to view the progress made refurbishing a vandalized coach, which has been extensively repaired due, in part, from donations from the U.K. royal. He wore a kilt and specially monogrammed overalls to run a steam locomotive on the line in Aberdeenshire he used to travel on as a child.

He also met the members of the Royal Deeside Railway team that did the work, together with other sponsors who helped make the restoration of the car possible. The Royal Deeside Railway is a standard gauge steam and diesel heritage railway that operates along the River Dee. The line is currently about one-mile long and trips last 15 to 20 minutes.

The prince stepped in with a “significant” donation through his charitable foundation after hearing vandals had smashed windows on a 1965 coach and damaged a locomotive at the railroad in August 2015. The work cost nearly $20,000.

Charles operated Salmon a 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotive made in 1942 in Kilmarnock, Scotland, by builders Andrew Barclay and Sons. It spent its working life with Stewarts & Lloyds, based at both Harlaxton and Woolsthorpe ironstone quarries. It was named Salmon in memory of HMS Salmon, an S-Class Submarine that was lost with all hands in July 1940.

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