Iconic trains tourism boost for Borders Railway

Classic trains like this, the "Heart of Midlothian" could be making their way through Midlothian in the coming years
Classic trains like this, the "Heart of Midlothian" could be making their way through Midlothian in the coming years

Discussions have taken place about using classic trains on the Borders Railway through Midlothian to bring tourists to the area.

Iconic railway engines would be chartered to carry passengers on the Borders Railway to increase tourism and maximise the advantage of the beautiful setting of the new line under new plans unveiled by First Minister Alex Salmond.

The First Minister confirmed discussions were taking place with charter firms to attract more tourists and railway enthusiasts to the Borders and Midlothian.

Mr Salmond said the initiative would begin as soon as the line opened, with plans already under way to secure a famous steam train for the launch ceremony.

The First Minister said the scenery that lines the 30 mile route would be a major draw for visitors: “There can be few railway journeys anywhere to match the stunning scenery that will line the route.

“As well as a vital commuter route, the reopened line will provide outstanding opportunities for tourism, with passengers expected to flock to see the many fantastic attractions and experiences on offer, not to mention the attraction that the new line will have for railway enthusiasts.

“It’s important that we maximise these opportunities, offering passengers every reason to travel on the new line.

Read more on this in the August 29 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.