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RETRO Roamer

THE ROAMER column was the highlight of a Thursday for many Lochaber readers, so it returns this week with a look back at the events and people that made it into Roamer columns between 1985 to 2016…

■ There was the big Black Five letting off steam at the precise moment that ‘The Man in the White Suit’ was having his photy took beside the engine before sending it on its way to Mallaig. The result, as the train departed, was ‘The Man in the Black and White Soot Suit’! In fact clothing seemed to play a big part in the inaugural steam excursion. For a semaphore-style message on, shall we say, undergarments, was spelled out along a lineside building as the steam train passed by. ‘Slainte Mhath’ it read!

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