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Rail fan stunned by train proposal
A civil servant has taken advantage of the leap day tradition and asked her partner to marry her in a surprise proposal on board a steam train.
Fiona Boubert won a competition with Mills & Boon to create the perfect romantic moment for her to pop the question to her partner Neil Kennedy.
And the romance publisher set up the scene of a steam train at Alresford railway station on the Watercress Line in Hampshire with the help of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.
Miss Boubert, 45, from Edinburgh, said: "It went very well, he said yes but I was fairly certain he would, he more than delivered on his answer."
Explaining why she chose to propose, she said: "I would say I am a bit of a romantic. I do believe in gentlemen doing certain things but us ladies only get a chance every four years so I thought why not.
"Obviously I love him and want to spend the rest of my life with him but I was aware it was the 29th coming up and thought I would just do it.
"I only entered the competition last week so I only had a week to plot behind his back.
"I told him we were going on a mystery holiday that I had won and that we were flying to Heathrow and being picked up by car and that was all I knew - it all worked very well. I told Neil he has to plan an even bigger surprise for the wedding, something spectacular."
Mr Kennedy, 46, who works for thetrainline.com, said: "It felt different, very, very surprising, I had absolutely no problem with saying yes to the question.
"I'm not one for knowing what date it is so it was only after I had been asked that it dawned on me what the date was, it was a complete shock."