Crowds cheered alternately for Queen and railway when HM Elizabeth II dedicated Scotland's newly restored Borders Railway. The September 9th ceremony
honored the Queen on the day she became the nation's longest reigning monarch. The revived railway, dormant for most of her reign, restores the historic Waverly Line link between Edinburgh's Waverly Station and the Scottish Borders.
To many, the Waverly Line between the Scotch capital and Carlisle was the most most significant victim of 1969 cutbacks. Restoration of the 30-mile stretch
through Midlothian reconnects the Borders to the rest of the national passenger rail network. The Borders Railway's current terminus, Tweedbank, is close by the historic home of Sir Walter Scott and the burial site of Robert the Bruce, Scotland's legendary warrior king.
To find out more about the line check out the official Borders Railway Project
and unofficial Waverley Route Heritage Association
websites. If you're in a hurry, this BBC video
runs the railway's entire length in 60 seconds.
The ScotRail website
offers online booking and complete travel details.