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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?
(Permalink) Borders Railway Eskbank Fifth Anniversary Gorebridge Newtongrange Re-opening Shawfair


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?
(Permalink) Borders Railway Fifth Anniversary Re-opening Stow


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.
(Permalink) Borders Railway Borders Railway Extension Fifth Anniversary Re-opening

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the official opening of the Borders Railway by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
(Permalink) Borders Railway Fifth Anniversary Re-opening

A new group set up to help decide how £10 million is spent to improve Levenmouth has met for the first time. The Levenmouth Reconnected Task Group, chaired by SNP councillor Ken Caldwell, will play a key role in how the funding is distributed across the area. The £10m was announced by Transport Minister Michael Matheson last year when he confirmed the go-ahead for the Levenmouth rail link.
(Permalink) Levenmouth Methil Re-opening


Methil East Junction: As part of an investigation into reopening the Levenmouth branch to passenger traffic, BR and Fife Regional Council officials travelled down the line in saloon DM45020, hauled by 37240 on 14th October 1991. The train calls at the site of the proposed (2019) terminus with Methil Power Station in the background. The line to the right leads to the docks.
Bill Roberton 14/10/1991


Methil East Junction: After WW1 Methil Docks became Scotlands chief coal port, exporting over 3m tons in 1923. The former lines to the docks are shown on 26 July 2007 looking east towards the now defunct Methil power station.
John Furnevel 26/07/2007

Over the past 30 years, Scotland has been the trailblazer for re-opening railways in response to growing gridlock on the British road network. Scores of new stations have been created on the existing network north of the Border, and new lines now link communities which lost their services in the 1950s and 1960s - Edinburgh to Bathgate, Hamilton to Larkhall, Stirling to Alloa, Bathgate to Airdrie and several suburban routes in Glasgow.
(Permalink) Airdrie-Bathgate Alloa Bathgate Larkhall Re-opening


Cameron Bridge: Looking west over Cameron Bridge towards Thornton Junction on 3 September 2010. No obvious change here - other than the usual impression that the Diageo complex seems to have grown larger since the last visit.
John Furnevel 03/09/2010


Earlseat Loading Pad: The first train out of Earlseat Loading Point on the Methil branch ran on 22 August 2012. There are now two trains a week, on Tuesday and Thursday, to Hunterston. 66140 leaves the site on 11 September, with the former 'main line' to Methil (now used for loco release) to the left.
Bill Roberton 11/09/2012


Methil: Methil station. NB 4.4.2T 67452 on branch train.
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/05/1949

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