Taking visitors to the Borders

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the scenery that you'll see from the new railway line

the scenery that you’ll see from the new railway line

Next Sunday the Borders Railway opens for passengers but only for those who have served the railway, both old and new, throughout its history.

The rest of us won’t have to wait long to journey on this, the first major domestic railway opening for the best part of a hundred years as services start the day after.

The official opening by the Queen is  Wednesday, September 9th which also happens to be the day that she becomes Britain’s longest serving monarch. You might have thought she would cut a ribbon and a brand new spanking train would christen the route but no, ScotRail have laid on a steam engine and proper carriages for the event.

It’s not just the Queen who can travel on a steam train over the new route. Over the next weeks, special steam driven trains will make the journey as part of the celebration of the opening of the thirty mile route so not only can steam buffs enjoy themselves (there will be 18 journeys pulled by the A4 locomotive, Union of South Africa which was built in the year of the coronation of the present Queen’s parents and which she attended as an eleven year old,) but visitors can travel other than by car or bus into the borders country and explore the scenery, heritage and other sites of this area.

Scot Rail have been publicising the route on their other services

Scot Rail have been publicising the route on their other services

The line links Edinburgh with Tweedbank and has involved the construction of new stations along the route. Debate now concerns whether the line can be extended to Melrose and Hawick.

It was nearly 46 years ago that the government of the day closed the old Edinburgh to Carlisle line. Supporters of the Border Railway nurture a hope that the line will be extended in the future back to Carlisle and thus provide a third rail line between England and Scotland to compete with the east and west coast lines. And that one should be the prettiest!

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