The return of rail

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The return of rail

Post by Tocsin » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:32 pm

A big weekend in the Scottish Borders with the opening of the Borders Railway. A 35 mile stretch of the former Waverley Line going from Edinburgh to Tweedbank (next to Galashiels). Although fuel is less expensive at the moment, in years to come as prices rise and availability becomes an issue, this line will provide a lifeline to the central Borders. A feasibility study has been announced to look at any extension to Hawick (a further 18 miles south), although if it happened it would be many years away. A wrong by Dr. Beeching partially righted! :)

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Post by Arzosah » Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:06 am

That's great! Offers a lot more flexibility to all concerned.
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Post by Hamradioop » Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:49 am

Ernest Marples was the transport Minister at the time of Beeching who was an ICI chemist. Now Marples Ridgeway were a big construction company that built motorways. and there is a conspiracy theory for you all

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Marples
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Post by CynicalSurvival » Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:43 pm

Sure... fantastic that the area has their railway back. So many places lost theirs. As we move towards the end of oil, it will become increasingly necessary.
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Re: The return of rail

Post by Hamradioop » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:11 am

A lot of money is being spent on reinstating the Rail network in the uk, The Swindon to Kemble line has recently been redouble after BR removed it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28925722
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Re: The return of rail

Post by Mad Scientist » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:33 am

My hubby loves trains and we have a friends and family railcard. Some lines in Gloucestershire are being updated which we appreciate but one evening my train home from Worcester was cancelled. Not best pleased as I had to leave work early disrupting my class to catch the one train to Shrub Hill then another home from there. At 10.00 at night. There was only one other sober person there at the station and a herd of drunken tramps wandering around. That happened too many times so before I got sacked or mugged, I started driving there instead. Rather disappointing and frightening.

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