2015

NT3461 : The Royal Train approaching Gorebridge

taken 8 years ago, near to Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland

The Royal Train approaching Gorebridge
The Royal Train approaching Gorebridge
HM The Queen travelling from Edinburgh to Tweedbank for the official opening of the Borders Railway. An 8-carriage train headed by the 'Union of South Africa' [60009] and tailed by a Class 67 diesel, 'Diamond Jubilee' [67026]. Looking towards Edinburgh from the bridge carrying Main Street [B704] over the railway.
1. The Borders Railway

The old Waverley Line, which closed in 1969, is being resurrected as the Borders Railway, going 30 miles from Edinburgh to Tweedbank [between Galashiels and Melrose], with 7 new stations, and using 90% of the former route. Full details and progress can be found at LinkExternal link ‎. Construction is scheduled to be completed by summer 2015, and the estimated cost, at 2012 prices, is 294 million. The project does not extend the route to the original destination at Carlisle.
The website says that test trains will run from June 2015, and it has been announced that the first passenger trains will run on 6 September 2015, with a grand opening. There are also plans for a 'steam train experience' and the possibility of the permanent exhibition of the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank Station to boost tourism and use of the line.
The line opened for passenger traffic on 6 September 2015, with an half-hourly service on weekdays and Saturdays, and an hourly service on Sundays, with a journey time of about 1 hour. It was officially opened by HM The Queen on 9 September 2015, on the day that she became the longest serving UK Monarch; she travelled from Edinburgh to Tweedbank on a train steam-hauled by the 'Union of South Africa', with a stop st Newtongrange to unveil a plaque.


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Geographical Context: Lowlands Village, Rural settlement Railways People, Events Railway: Borders Railway Place: Midlothian Primary Subject: Railway other tags: Train Locomotive Royal Train Gorebridge Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Royal Train [5] · Street [5] · Union of South Africa [5] · Bridge Carrying [4] Other Photos: · Train approaching Gorebridge Station ·
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M J Richardson   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 9 September, 2015   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 9 September, 2015
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 3432 6133 [10m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 3443 6133
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