Edinburgh College joined the celebrations of the launch of the new Borders Railway with staff from the Midlothian Campus on the first journey.
Golden Ticket holders from the college were invited to take the first journey on the line, departing from Eskbank Station on the doorstep of Midlothian Campus.
Amongst the lucky staff members who joined another 454 golden ticket winners for a luxury round trip were principal Annette, board vice chair Ian Young, and Davie Hyslop and Doug Moffat from the engineering department.
Davie and Doug are the college’s two longest-standing members of staff at Midlothian Campus, and have both been there since 1979.
To mark the day, Midlothian Campus hosted festivities including live music from local school pupils and Midlothian Council’s pop-up community event. Thirteen-year-old local girl Erin Gilbertson, who suffers from a rare heart condition, unveiled a plaque at the college to commemorate the opening of Eskbank Station.
Davie, a technical assessor in the domestic gas field said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my day on the railway – especially the meet and greet this morning, our stop off at Waverley and the journey up to Tweedbank. Superb! It’s great to see it back in action after 46 years dormant.”
Doug, a lecturer in mechanical and gas engineering, has watched the construction of the railway week by week and will use the line to get to work as well as to visit relatives who live in the Borders.
He said, “It’s been a jolly good morning and afternoon – I loved the VIP goodie bags on the train and the buzz - and brewery - as we came into Waverley.
“The Borders Railway will be a big advantage for the college for students and staff who commute every day.”