Trains will run through Midlothian on the new Borders Railway from September 6 next year.
First Minister Alex Salmond announced the date services would start on the Edinburgh to Tweedbank line on Wednesday.
Alex Salmond also launched a study to look at how the line can be used to increase tourism along the route, with Netwongrange Train Station set to be linked to the National Mining Museum by a new path.
Mr Salmond said: “From September 2015 - for the first time in almost half a century - there will be passenger train services running on this track.
“For commuters and tourists alike, the reopened line will provide opportunities to enjoy the many fantastic attractions and experiences on offer.
“There will be few railway journeys anywhere in Europe to match the outstanding scenery along the route of the new Borders Railway. I have no doubt that Borders Railway will be profoundly successful and I will be one of the first in line for a ticket when the trains are running in September next year.”
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