Eight people from Nepal have been on a train – for the very first time – on a visit to Scotland.
Their visit was sponsored by Future Balance, a charity which provides expert advice on sustainability to businesses, community groups and public authorities.
When train operator ScotRail discovered that the eight Nepalese had never been on a train, it offered complimentary tickets for a return trip from Stirling to Glasgow which included sightseeing at the new Riverside Museum.
John Yellowlees, ScotRail’s external relations manager, said:
“We are delighted to have helped make the visit to Scotland even more special with a debut journey on a train.”
Frazer Scott, chief executive of Future Balance, said the Nepalese visit followed a team visit to Nepal to support community groups with business planning.
He added: “The group were on a reciprocal visit, which included a first-ever train journey.”
Bijay Poudel of the Active Citizens group from Nepal said:
“We have travelled half way across the world to have our first train journey.
“We are very impressed by all that we have seen and we are very grateful to have had this incredible opportunity”