NT5234 : Tweedbank Station entrance

taken 4 years ago, near to Tweedbank, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Tweedbank Station entrance
Tweedbank Station entrance
The terminus of the Borders Railway. The Eildon Hills are in the distance.
Tweedbank railway station
Tweedbank is the southern terminus of the recently opened (6th September 2015) Borders Railway which runs from Edinburgh Waverley. The 30 mile route follows the northern third of the former Waverley Route which ran from Edinburgh to Carlisle.

The station consists of an island platform with a track each side. The station is unstaffed (as are all stations on the line except Waverley), tickets can be purchased from a vending machine at the station and there is also a smartcard reader. Tickets can also be purchased from staff on the trains.

Eildon View is a depot adjacent to the station which is a base for train crew and other railway staff who will maintain and clean the trains which are stabled at Tweedbank overnight.

The adjacent Park & Ride car park has 235 spaces and there is a covered cycle stand which can accommodate 20 bikes. The car park and cycle stand are covered by CCTV.

The station is proving popular with tourists visiting the nearby Abbotsford House LinkExternal link and Melrose Abbey LinkExternal link .
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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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 October, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 12 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Railways 
Railway (from Tags)
Borders Railway 
Place (from Tags)
Scottish Borders 
Primary Subject of Photo
Railway 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5237 3489 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:36.3166N 2:45.4532W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5232 3492
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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