VIDEO: First train in 40 years arrives at Galashiels station

An engineering train working on track laying arrived in Galashiels on February 3 - the first time the Borders town has witnessed a train in over 40 years.

The track laying train began the day on the outskirts of Galashiels. By 1400 it had reached the town centre, where the new rail and bus interchange is being constructed.

The event was witnessed by hundreds of spectators as the team working with the train made its way towards Tweedbank, its final destination. Track laying is set to be complete on the project by 1700 on February 6.

The original Waverley Line closed to passenger trains in the late 1960s, and freight trains followed a few years later.



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  • AMLAG - 07/02/2015 21:30

    Well if the 30 miles from Edinburgh to Galashiels can be reopened then that bodes well for Okehampton (Meldon Quarry) to Tavistock closed in 1968; not only as an Alternative route for Plymouth and Cornwall rail traffic when the current Exeter to Plymouth via Dawlish line is closed for emergencies and regular planned repairs but also to serve West Devon and N. Cornwall.

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