Almost half a century after the closure of the Waverley Route as a result of the Beeching reports, passenger trains have returned to the Borders: first for those meriting a ‘golden’ ticket and the following day, Sunday 6 September 2015, for the general public.
BBC: Borders-to-Edinburgh railway opens as longest UK line in century
The new line was ‘officially’ opened three days later but I’ve already sneered at that phenomenon. Anyway, what matters is that the railway is back. As a lifelong fan of rail travel I’m glad for the locals’ sake and hope more will follow – extension of this line, one to St Andrews and so on. The only damper is that even if I put this new line on my bucket list, I’ll probably kick the bucket before being able to enjoy the journey myself . . .