The Borders Railway :: Shared Description

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.
by M J Richardson
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NT4544 : Pile driving on Station Road by M J Richardson
NT3268 : Network Rail Access Point Information by M J Richardson
NT3169 : Shawfair Station, looking north by M J Richardson
NT4836 : The Borders Railway passes under the A7 by M J Richardson
NT4250 : Borders Railway near Fountainhall by M J Richardson
NT4540 : The Gala Water valley at Bowland by M J Richardson
NT3265 : Hardengreen Roundabout [6] by M J Richardson
NT4445 : Galabank, from across the valley by M J Richardson
NT4448 : Railway bridge over the Gala Water by M J Richardson
NT3267 : Borders Railway at Sheriffhall by M J Richardson
NT4936 : Borders Railway passes Asda by Russel Wills
NT3169 : New bridge and road alignment for the Borders Railway by M J Richardson
NT4054 : New bridge for the Borders Railway by M J Richardson
NT2673 : The 12.24 for Tweedbank entering Calton Tunnel by M J Richardson
NT4544 : Railway cutting at Stow by M J Richardson
NT4250 : Borders Railway under construction by Richard Webb
NT3957 : The new bridge by M J Richardson
NT3265 : Class 67 'Diamond Jubilee'  by M J Richardson
NT3461 : The Borders Railway at Gorebridge by M J Richardson
NT4447 : Woodland around Torquhan by M J Richardson
NT4445 : Bridge over the Gala Water at Galabank by M J Richardson
NT4348 : Bridge over the Borders Railway by M J Richardson
NT3169 : Passing point at Shawfair by M J Richardson
NT3170 : The Borders Railway taking shape at Shawfair by M J Richardson
NT4250 : Bridge work, Borders Railway by Richard Webb

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Created: Wed, 18 Sep 2013, Updated: Wed, 9 Sep 2015

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