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The UK’s new tracks
The train that connects Edinburgh to Tweedbank
The Borders Railway began service in September. It’s the longest new domestic train line to be built in the UK for over century. It connects Edinburgh to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders via the district of Midlothian and takes 55 minutes from beginning to end. It follows the old Waverly Route, closed in 1969, consists of seven new stations and 48 kilometres of new track. Station highlights include the Rosslyn Chapel (near the Eskbank station), which was featured in The Da Vinci Code; the National Mining Museum Scotland (near Newtongrange station) where visitors can see the largest steam engine in the country; and Abbotsford House (Tweedbank station) where novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott hosted the likes of Oscar Wilde and Charlotte Brontë. The diesel train is expected to carry 650,000 passengers a year. From £5.30 to £16 roundtrip. For info: bordersrailway.co.uk. For tickets: scotrail.co.uk.
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