Would you like to see my maps of the railways? As conversational opening gambits go, it is not the kind of statement likely to fire you to the top of the guest list for a dinner party. Or, if you are already at a social gathering, it probably won't get you invited back. And yet, the pictorial history they offer of the expansion, contraction, disappearance and planned revival of train travel in the Scottish Borders is - to my mind at least - an intriguing one.
Giancarlo Rinaldi looks at the story of a corner of south east Scotland which has gone without railway stations for more than 40 years.