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Prince Charles drives restored steam train at Milton of Crathes

Prince Charles on steam train Image copyright PA
Image caption The train was vandalised in 2015

Prince Charles has driven a steam train after his foundation helped Aberdeenshire enthusiasts fund repairs costing thousands of pounds.

Vandals struck at the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society at Crathes in August 2015.

The Duke of Rothesay - as he is known north of the border - made a donation through The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.

He drove the steam engine on a line he used to travel on as a child.

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Image caption James West helped the Duke of Rothesay

The Duke of Rothesay was shown the controls by volunteer driver James West, who said he was a "very good" driver on the short journey on a reconstructed section of the historic line towards Banchory and back.

Mr West said: "I never thought I'd teach the future King to drive a stream train.

"He's driven similar trains before, so kind of understood how they work.

"We chatted on the way down the line about how he'd travelled on the line as a child and he never believed he would travel on it again.

"He took the controls and did all the driving. I did the braking as we approached the platform. His driving was very good."

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