Created 10-Sep-15
Modified 10-Sep-15
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Built by the North British Railway between 1849 and 1862, the Waverley Route between Edinburgh and Carlisle was one of the more memorable lines lamented when it was controversially closed in 1969. No one at the time expected it to return. In the decades since the narrative was that busses and cars would be the mode of transport. The train had had its day.
However, modern pressures for a more environmentally and economical mode of transport returned to support the case for rail. Rather than see it as a throwback to time when trains were the more common transport, now the case was for speed, numbers and the impact continued use of the car would have. As cities became congested, the train could be through quicker, more easily and take numbers that made it better in the longer term.
The case was won and the re-named Borders Railway would emulate the interest and service its ancestors worked so hard to achieve and in the end built a reputation so respected that the lines closure marked scenes of defiance and hostility to a service they wanted to keep. Today the mantle for such a reputation to be rebuilt is passed to the care of Scotrail, who run the units and crews that carry the new passengers back and forth. The line is very well built, its single line sections easily able to cope with the regular and punctual nature of the service. Its impressive infrastructure allows for trains to reach speeds far higher than the nearby road, while modern units can scale the climb out of Gorebridge faster than steam and diesel locomotives before it.
Pictures here show some of the units, the class 158 will become a regular feature of the route, even if other 170s make an appearance, in scenes that the local people will soon find familiar and reliable.

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Keywords:Borders Railway, Class 158, Scotrail