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Borderers with boots made for walking are invited to celebrate the beauty and magnificence of routes between the regions railway stations.
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Campaigners have called for urgent improvements to the Borders Railway after its first five years were blighted by 'fragile, inconsistent and unsatisfactory' performance.
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Tweedbank: 158 from Edinburgh arriving to form the 10.29 ex Tweedbank at Platform 1. The 158 on platform 2 is there for much of the day.
Bruce McCartney 03/01/2017

Plans to complete the re-opening of the Waverley Route between Edinburgh and Carlisle face a little-known potential complication - the line crosses the Border not once, but three times.
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Liddel Viaduct: An aerial view of Riddings Viaduct on the former Langholm branch (closed 1967), taken during the evening of 12 April 2015 from a drone. See image [[42976]]
Kevin McCartney 12/04/2015

Encouraging people to move to the Scottish countryside and reinstating branch railway lines underpin an ambitious plan to boost the rural economy to be unveiled by the SNP.
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Five years ago, Queen Elizabeth II opened the largest new railway line project seen in Scotland for decades to a fanfare of excitement. [See also items on the 9th and 17th.]
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Hopes of a Borders Railway extension to Carlisle have taken a hit after the Scottish transport secretary blocked a review into cross-border transport. [See item on 9th.]
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Developers will be urged to set out what they will do for the community of Gorebridge as the latest phase of creating a new community moves forward. ... Concerns were raised by Councillor Peter Smaill about the impact of additional housing on parking at Gorebridge Railway Station, which is already at capacity. Planning convenor Russell Imrie pointed out that land had been set aside for a new Redheugh Railway Station, with the suggestion that trains on the line could alternate between stopping at Gorebridge or Redheugh. Mr Arnsdorf confirmed that the land was there for a railway halt at Redheugh but cautioned councillors that ScotRail are not going to bring that forward until they have customers there. [Railscot note: Redheugh is between Newtongrange and Gorebridge. The station site would be the location of the reversing sidings for the Lady Victoria Pit.]
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The Union Connectivity Review, which could look into extending the Borders Railway, has been blocked by the Transport Secretary.
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When stand-up Nathan Cassidy entertained an audience of 38 at the Three Sisters on 24 August, it was for a moment as though Covid-19 had all been a nightmare and this could not possibly be the only surviving live event of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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An investigation has been launched after a set of doors remained open on a train en route from Tweedbank to Edinburgh.
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An industry coalition has backed the extension of the Borders Railway as a means to facilitate three-hour journeys between London and Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Borderlands.

Jim Steer, director of the High Speed Rail Group, has argued for a shift in emphasis, to make Carlisle a connecting hub for future HS2 services.
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In the week that the Borders Railway celebrated its fifth anniversary, we have reiterated our commitment to the case for the potential extension of the line.
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When the Queen officially opened the Borders Railway on September 9, 2015, it was widely hoped that the new line would transform Midlothian. But five years on has it done so?
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Gorebridge: ScotRail DMU 170401, forming the 0847 Tweedbank - Edinburgh, restarts from Gorebridge on Sunday 12 July 2020. The train is about to pass below the bridge carrying Station Road.
John Furnevel 12/07/2020


Shawfair: The well gritted, salted and deserted platforms of Shawfair station, looking north on a cold and frosty morning in February 2019. The train just arriving at platform 2 is the 1011 (Sunday) Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank. Noticeable in the background is the now operational Edinburgh and Midlothian Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre.
John Furnevel 10/02/2019


Eskbank: ScotRail 158703 forming the Sunday morning 1045 Tweedbank - Edinburgh Waverley service, calls at Eskbank on 24 November 2016. The surviving platforms of the original Eskbank station are just visible on the other side of the A6094 road bridge in the distance.
John Furnevel 24/01/2016

How has the return of a train service after more than 40 years affected one small Scottish village?
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Stow: Stow station, closed with the entire Waverley Route in 1969, reopened for the Borders Line in 2015, seen here on Sunday, 15th May 2016. Sadly, the building has not been revived for railway use. Rebuilding of the line at this location involved the demolition of a virtually brand new house that had been built on the track bed.
David Bosher 15/05/2016


Stow: An Edinburgh bound services skips north through Stow without stopping.
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2016


Stow: Looking north along the Waverley route from the road bridge crossing the trackbed at Stow station on 19 October 2011, with the sky starting to brighten following a shower of rain.
John Furnevel 19/10/2011

Transport bosses have vowed to continue looking at options to extend the Borders Railway as the longest line to be built in Scotland in a century marks five years of successful operation today.
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Hassendean: Around a mile south of Hassendean station is this extremely long footbridge at Hassendeanburn Farm. The view looks south from the infilled cutting. [Ref query 2 January 2018]
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2017


St Boswells: The former bay platform and west wall of the old locomotive shed at St Boswells, gradually returning to nature in November 2007.
John Furnevel 09/11/2007


Melrose: View east at Melrose in February 2007.
John Furnevel 11/02/2007

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the official opening of the Borders Railway by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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A DVD about the Borders Railway has been released to coincide with its fifth anniversary.

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It's now five years since the opening of the Borders Railway, and its success since then is being touted as evidence of the need for it to be extended into England.
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Tweedbank: Tweedbank station and traincrew building on 6 September 2015.
John Yellowlees 06/09/2015

Extending the Borders Railway ought to be part of UK prime minister Boris Johnson's £5bn bid to get the country's economy back on track after the coronavirus lockdown, according to campaigners.
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A new report has been welcomed by campaigners as further endorsement of the case for extending the Borders Railway south into England.
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Extending the Borders Railway into England would help redress the damage being done to the regions economy by the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, according to campaigners.
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Campaigners say taking the Borders line on to Carlisle could be a vital post-coronavirus project.
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Angry ScotRail passengers condemned the cancellation of ten trains on the Borders Railway today as among the worst disruption since it re-opened. The train operator blamed staff shortages after five of the last seven services of the day were halted. It comes days after trains on the Edinburgh-Tweedbank line were so crowded passengers were forced to stand crammed into toilets.


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Tributes have been paid to a Glasgow councillor and 'towering figure' in local politics who has died aged 59.
Labour councillor and former train driver Alistair Watson died suddenly at his home on Wednesday evening.

[Alistair Watson delivered the Larkhall re-opening, without which there might not be Alloa, Airdrie-Bathgate and Borders. -Ed]
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Emergency work to deal with a Midlothian coal waste bing that is over-heating is due to start next week.

On Monday 30 January, contractors working for the Coal Authority will start the process of digging out the waste around the hot-spot on the Kirkhill Tip, which forms part of the Gore Glen Woodland Park at Gorebridge.

The public have been excluded from this part of the 108-acre park since the coal tip began to spontaneously combust last summer. It is now burning both above and below ground, making the area highly unstable, particularly as the site lies between the busy A7 and The Borders railway line.
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Arniston Colliery Engine Pit: Last remaining building at the Arniston Engine colliery site, north of Engine Road, in 2002. This building had tub roads inside see image [[50567]] and was close to the site of the small gasworks. The level crossing over Engine Road was off to the right with the Emily Pit just across the road.
Ewan Crawford //2002


Arniston Colliery Emily Pit: The once intensely mined area to the north of Gorebridge has undergone considerable change since closure of the last pits. Various reminders of its industrial past still remain however, this one a legacy of the Emily Pit; a 'burning bing' situated to the east of the embankment that once carried the mineral line south from Engine Road to reach the Gore Pit and the exchange sidings. See image [[54843]]
John Furnevel 10/04/2016


Arniston Colliery Emily Pit: Embankment in the woods. Scene to the west of Gorebridge on 10 April 2016. On the right is the walking route that now runs south from Engine Road, around a quarter of a mile to the north, with a cordoned off 'danger area' beyond occupied by a smouldering bing. Just off picture to the left is the A7. The embankment carried the mineral line linking the Arniston Engine and other pits in the area, with the exchange sidings alongside the Waverley route to the west of Gorebridge station on the north side of the Gore Glen.
John Furnevel 10/04/2016

New data has shown a 'significant improvement' in tourism levels after the opening of the Borders Railway.
The Scottish Tourism Economic Assessment Monitor (STEAM) statistics compared the first half of 2016 to the same period the year before.
It is the first time in 10 years that every category saw improvement.
The company which produces STEAM data said the most likely source for the rise in tourism activity in the Borders and Midlothian was the railway.
The railway was officially opened by the Queen in September 2015.
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A £1.6m compensation claim for roads and bridges allegedly damaged during construction of the Borders Railway is to go to court next month.
The dispute between Scottish Borders Council and Network Rail started before the route opened in 2015.
It centres on the condition of the A7 and other minor roads with heavy trucks and plant blamed for the damage.
Talks aimed at resolving the situation have failed and it is now heading to court.
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ScotRail is hoping to ease its acute overcrowding by drafting in more trains from south of the border.
The operator also plans to switch more trains to its busiest routes, including Edinburgh-North Berwick, to help reduce the commuter crush. News of the changes come days after ScotRail announced that two daily rush hour services on the Borders Railway would be doubled in length from next week to help cope with passenger demand. Abellio, which runs ScotRail, ordered 70 new trains when it won the franchise two years ago, but the first of its two fleets will not start arriving until next autumn, and the second is now delayed until the second half of 2018.
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Hythe: A Class 321 EMU slows for the stop at Hythe station on 7th January 2012. It will call after at Colchester Town, reverse and terminate at Colchester. Private housing, a large DIY store and student flats have replaced the industrial sites that used to feature in this view.
Mark Dufton 07/01/2012


Helensburgh Central: Waiting for work. A pair of Class 320 EMUs in ScotRail blue, stabled in platform 3 (onetime platform 4) at Helensburgh Central on 23 September 2012.
John McIntyre 23/09/2012

The initial surge in passengers on the Borders Railway was reversed in the second half of its first year, official figures showed today. They reveal the 22 per cent more journeys than expected in the new line's first six months was cancelled out by its first anniversary in September.
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Shawfair: Until housing development gets going in this planned new town we are going to have to get used to Shawfair station being not much of a draw. Here on opening week there are only 7 cars in the car park and one customer on the Edinburgh platform. Nobody at all is awaiting the 1608 to Tweedbank, just pulling in.
David Panton 08/09/2015


Tweedbank: 'Tornado' receives attention having arrived at Tweedbank. Poor 158, until recently its kind were the centre of attention here.
John Yellowlees 13/09/2015


Galabank Junction: The first service train on the Borders Railway accelerates away from the stop at Stow towards Galabank Junction. This was the 0845 from Tweedbank, formed by 3x2 car 158 units, on 6th September 2015. Cribbilaw Hill (350m) dominates the background scenery.
Bill Jamieson 06/09/2015

The first minister has apologised to rail passengers in parts of Scotland after a broken-down train in Edinburgh caused severe disruption.
Nicola Sturgeon said the 'deeply regrettable' problem was caused by 'an extraordinary set of circumstances'.
The early-morning breakdown between Waverley station and Haymarket affected services across the central belt.
It also caused delays to trains travelling to Inverness, Aberdeen and on the Borders Railway.
Speaking at First Minister's Questions, Ms Sturgeon told the chamber: 'I am sorry for the disruption that was caused this morning and also sorry for any disruption that any passenger faces on any day of the week, that is ScotRail's position and it is also mine.'
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The Borders Railway connects around 20,000 people in Galashiels and another 20,000 in Midlothian to Edinburgh. It's had a strong start, carrying over a million passengers in its first year ... The Border's success begs the question of whether there are any other suitable contenders for re-opening. In Scotland, the largest settlement without access to a railway is Levenmouth in Fife. This comprises of the towns of Leven, Methil, Kennoway and Windygates which have a total population of 37,000. It is the largest urban area in Scotland without a train service.
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Cameron Bridge: The site of Cameron Bridge station on 20 July 2020. The platform edge and rails just visible bottom left.
Bill Roberton 20/07/2020


Cameron Bridge: The now removed fine footbridge, which once served the island platform at Cameron Bridge, seen in 1989. Why a 3/4 sign? Cameron Bridge is 3.58 miles from Thornton.
Ewan Crawford //1989


Cameron Bridge: View west from Station Road over the remains of Cameron Bridge station on 26 July 2007, with the Diageo distillery dominating the background. The distillery would see significant further expansion over the course of the following year - see [[20530]].
John Furnevel 26/07/2007

The new Borders railway service is beset by cancellations, delays and unreliable trains, a new report has claimed.
Rail campaigners Bill Jamieson and David Spaven compiled the report from Network Rail and timetable data from the Realtime Trains website.
They said it showed 'serious underperformance of the line', which re-opened in September 2015.
Scotrail said it was 'determined' to find a solution to the 'challenges'.
The Borders Rail Monitor report said that the line, which is run by Scotrail operator Abellio, was blighted by delays caused in part by poor infrastructure choices imposed by Transport Scotland.
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A campaign group has said extending the new rail line linking Edinburgh and the Borders should be a transport priority for the region.
The Campaign for Borders Rail said the 'resounding success' of the route showed the huge demand for services.
It said it appreciated the area had 'many and varied transport needs'.
However, the group said those should be considered separately from the case to extend the railway south beyond its current Tweedbank terminus.
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An improvement plan to address the Borders Railway's 'unacceptable' performance has been ordered by transport minister Humza Yousaf, it was revealed today. The move came as the first-year passenger journey total for the Edinburgh-Tweedbank route was expected to top 1.4 million - around 20 per cent above target. ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster and transport minister Humza Yousaf cut a cake to celebrate Borders Railway's first birthday Mr Yousaf told The Scotsman said: 'Performance on this line in my view has not been acceptable. 'I am pleased the ScotRail Alliance has put together an improvement plan. 'I will push them to do that as quickly as possible, and expect reliability to be significantly improved.' Scotland on Sunday revealed last month that train performance on the £350 million railway hit a new low at the beginning of August. ScotRail figures showed only about one in four trains - 28.4 per cent - arrived on time. Campaigners said their figures showed the situation was even worse and said the 'shocking' number of delays and cancellations had reached 'epidemic' proportions.
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Signalling problems have caused delays and cancellations on the Borders Railway on the day it reached the first anniversary of its opening.
ScotRail said disruption on the route between Tweedbank and Edinburgh was expected until about 19:00.
A train shuttle service was running between Newcraighall and Tweedbank with a bus replacement between Newcraighall and Edinburgh.
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This day last year marked one of the most remarkable achievements in British railway history. The opening of the line to Tweedbank ended the Scottish Borders’ unwanted 46-year status as the only region of Britain without a train service – with the 30½ miles of new Borders Railway constituting the longest line ever re-opened in the country.

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The Borders Railway between Edinburgh and Tweedbank has reached the first anniversary of its opening.
The first services ran on the multi-million pound route on 6 September 2015 with the official opening by the Queen three days later.
It exceeded forecast usage figures of 650,000 passengers a year within its first six months.
However, there have been some problems with overcrowding and cancellations which ScotRail has pledged to tackle.
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Edinburgh Waverley: Crowds pour off the (bang-on-time) 09.40 arrival of the first ScotRail train from Tweedbank at Waverley on Sunday 6th September.
David Spaven 06/09/2015


Newtongrange: 'Hello there! It's good to be back!' The first scheduled passenger train on the Borders Railway calls at Newtongrange on 6 September 2015 on its way from Tweedbank to Edinburgh.
John Furnevel 06/09/2015


Galashiels: The crowds continue to enjoy the Borders Railway throughout the brilliantly sunny opening day as the 1404 from Edinburgh arrives at Galashiels on 6th September 2015.
Colin McDonald 06/09/2015

A SPATE of breakdowns on Scotland's new flagship railway has been blamed on a fleet-wide fault affecting the route's newly-refurbished Class 158 trains which causes them to overheat in hot weather.

ScotRail is seeking replacement radiators for the diesel trains, which are used on several lines including the Borders Railway, in a bid to iron out the flaw which is believed to have been a factor in at least 18 service cancellations on the new Edinburgh-Tweedbank route over the summer.

The two-car units are notoriously the least reliable in the ScotRail fleet, but industry magazine, 'Rail', reports that the company has linked the latest problem with the Class 158s to hot weather.
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Campaigners have hit out at the 'shambles' on the Borders Railway as just 28% of trains arrived on time at the start of August.
New ScotRail figures also revealed more than 70 trains were cancelled over the first ten days of the month.
Blame was placed on various problems including track and train faults, a driver on sick leave and a fallen tree.
ScotRail said the Borders Railway is subject to 'occasional technical faults' in common with the rest of the network.
The line, which was launched in September last year, has had more passengers than expected.
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Train punctuality on the Borders Railway has sunk to a new low as Scotland’s newest line prepares to celebrate its first birthday. Campaigners have condemned “shocking” recent performance and said delays and cancellations had reached “epidemic” proportions. ScotRail figures show only about one in four trains – 28.4 per cent – arrived on time at the start of this month. In addition, at least 70 trains were cancelled over the first ten days of August. These have been blamed on track and train faults, a driver on sick leave and a fallen tree.

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A ScotRail manager was taken off duty after giving the all-clear for a train to travel through a red signal on the Borders Railway during yesterday’s conductors strike.

The incident triggered an investigation and the train was cancelled, forcing passengers to wait one hour for the next service.

News of the safety breach came as conductors were due to stage a second 24-hour walkout tomorrow, with further stoppages planned for Saturday and Sunday.


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Major Scottish transport projects like dualling the A9 and extending Edinburgh’s tram line could cost up to seven times as much as similar European schemes, experts have revealed.

Construction of the Borders Railway and the Fastlink busway in Glasgow were also found by Edinburgh Napier University to have been more expensive than those on the continent.

Researchers at its Transport Research Institute (TRI) said factors could include fewer bids for Scottish projects and a larger numbers of subcontractors doing the work pushing up costs. [From Crinan Dunbar]


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Small towns on the Borders railway route have been 'regenerated and reinvigorated' by the opening of the line, campaigners have said.

The line, from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, opened last year at a cost of £350m and carried almost 700,000 people in its first six months.

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Steam train trips are set to return to the Borders Railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank during August and September.
The famous Flying Scotsman used the route earlier this year and there have been previous excursions on the line.
Scottish Borders Council has described the trips as a 'superb success' and said it hoped they would return to the region.
They are now set to run along the route every Sunday in August and September this year.
The trains used for the trips will be the recently restored Royal Scot which was built in 1927 and the Union of South Africa which dates back to 1937.
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The latest figures show almost 700,000 people travelled on the Borders Railway during its first six months of operation.
The usage level is 22% more than was forecast for the route from Edinburgh to Tweedbank.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said the passenger numbers further justified the decision to restore rail services to the region after more than 40 years.
The multi-million pound route opened in September last year.
Before the line opened, forecasters predicted it would carry almost 650,000 passengers a year.
It has already exceeded that level within its first six months.
Rail campaigners have previously described the usage predictions as 'ludicrously pessimistic' and said they were not surprised by the popularity of the line.
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Tweedbank: Full house at the terminus as the steam special brought in by 60009 prepares for its departure from Platform 2 at 14.38, headed by the out-of-sight 67026, and 158782 forms a subsequent service for Waverley in Platform 1.
Andrew Wilson 24/09/2015


Galashiels: The crowds continue to enjoy the Borders Railway throughout the brilliantly sunny opening day as the 1404 from Edinburgh arrives at Galashiels on 6th September 2015.
Colin McDonald 06/09/2015

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