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How I snuck ahead of the Queen on the new Borders Railway – Britain’s first domestic main line to be built for more than a century


September 9, 2015 Blog

NOT OFTEN in a lifetime do you get ahead of the Queen! But as Her Majesty opens Scotland’s new Borders Railway today – the longest domestic main line to be built in Britain for more than a century – I was lucky to get one of the 100 tickets  to board the very first train on the line last weekend.

Here’s a shot of HM’s departure on the train this morning, with a fortunate passenger, along with us, as the first service arrived at Tweedbank last Friday. (Not the Queen exactly,, but clearly royal enough to make a bit of history!)

Queen opens Borders RailwayFirst Borders train

Hopefully this will herald a new era of railway openings, reversing the brutal 1960s Beeching cuts. The line follows the tracks of the spectacular Waverley route – the most tragic closure of the Beeching era. I’ve written the story of the fall and rise of the railway in my new book ‘The Trains Now Departed’ http://amzn.to/1xKrjzz

And you can read about my journey back in time at Independent Travel, the travel pages of the Independent, later this week…


September 9, 2015 Blog

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