The new Borders Waverley railway line from Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh is the longest new domestic railway to be constructed in Britain for over 100 years and was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday 9th September 2015.
In 1967 the last steam whistle was heard on the Borders Railway line with the line finally closing in 1969 as part of the Beeching cuts. The line carried up to 3,000 people a day at its peak and it was claimed the rise of the motor car meant the railway, which opened in 1849 from Edinburgh to Hawick and was extended to Carlisle in 1862, was no longer needed. Locals insisted the closure left them isolated and a campaign to restore the line began in the 1990s. The reopened stretch, costing £350m, follows the old track bed and began its first paying passenger service on Sunday 6th September 2015. For more information and pricing for the new Borders Railway visit Scotrail website
Steam-hauled trains are initially scheduled to run three times a week from Edinburgh Waverley for 6 weeks until 18th October 2015 and it’s hoped they will become regular events in future. Tickets start at £40 for adults for the steam services, pulled by the Union of South Africa engine built in Doncaster in the 1930s. For more information on the steam train service visit Scotrail Steam website
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