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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
A belle of a day out

A RED carpet will be laid over the platform at Dumfries station next month when a vintage diesel locomotive nicknamed “Zombie” hauls one of the world’s poshest trains from the town.

Passengers will board the Northern Belle ready for a slap-up trip to York and Scarborough on Saturday July 16.

The train, once part of the iconic Orient Express group, was described by actor Bill Nighy as “the Grand Duchess of luxury travel” during a Channel 5 TV programme last year, pictured.

The seven umber and cream coloured 1930s-style Pullman carriages are all individually hand-decorated with intricate tapestries, marquetry and murals and it can take 200 passengers.

And as well as a cordon bleu chef, the train also has its own resident musicians and a conjuror.

Hauling the Northern Belle will be a vintage Class 57 diesel locomotive, affectionately nicknamed Zombies by trainspotters and railway enthusiasts.

The Northern Belle will depart Dumfries at 8.10 am and is scheduled to arrive back at 10 pm.

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