Last night there was an excellent episode of Railway Walks in which Julia Bradbury ambles along various currently closed sections of railways in the UK.
Yesterday she was walking a twelve mile stretch of the Spey Valley railway. The line seemed wonderfully well preserved, it used to serve a number of distilleries. It made me think about how these distilleries plan to send their products in the future. This line seemed an excellent cndidate for reopening.
A bit of searching on line found this website. So Scotland is again leading the way with modern transport - there is even a prescient quote from an MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) which goes -
Wish you all the best in campaigning for more rail connections, and for steam to remain as the principal motive power for as long as we have enough of the wonderful old Leviathans in working order. It may well be that wood or other bio fuel could be used in future in new, advanced steam engines.
Green mean steam!!
—Robin Harper MSP, Scottish Green Party