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Historic rail carriage unveiled
Victorian rail carriage
The carriage is a replica of the one Queen Victoria travelled in

A replica of the railway carriage used by Queen Victoria to travel between Windsor and Ballater has been brought back to its Scottish destination.

The carriage, which was commissioned by VisitScotland at the suggestion of Prince Charles, was transported to the town's Old Royal Station by crane.

The original is kept in the National Railway Museum in York and is too fragile to be moved.

The historic saloon carriage will go on public display at Easter.

The replica of the carriage - which took Queen Victoria to Scotland in 1869 - has been painstakingly hand-crafted to match the original design.

Tourism boost

David Noble, director of network operations for VisitScotland, said: "The arrival of the Royal carriage is a fantastic event and one which we've been looking forward to for some time.

"VisitScotland is delighted with the finished result, which will make a fantastic addition to the Victorian exhibition in Ballater Tourist Information Centre.

"This is exactly the kind of investment needed in tourism if we are to continue to drive up quality and put the visitor experience at the forefront of everything we do."

The 450,000 project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Scottish Enterprise Grampian, VisitScotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and FirstGroup.

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