Re-blogged from the WRHA.
A series of photographs showing the inexorable return of the iron road to the Scottish Borders.
I would never have believed this possible twenty years ago but today it is again possible to photograph a train with Lady Victoria Colliery as a backdrop.
At last, one of the biggest wrongs of a London-controlled national transport policy is being righted. New railways are truly one of the great success stories of our Holyrood Parliament.
Whilst I don’t as yet see a convincing economic case for re-opening all the way to Carlisle ( though it would be a highly useful diversion and charter route), I am convinced we will see trains to Melrose, St Boswells and Hawick again by 2025. It’s nice to dream of things considered impossible even a few short years ago.
With the track-work now being laid at quite a pace the railway is starting to come back to life. Places that have not seen railway activity for over 40 years are once again seeing railway locomotives. The pictures in this section start at Gorebridge and work along the line to Eskbank. All this section now has rails laid and most of it has also received a first drop of ballast. It was great to see locomotives operating on the line.