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Sketches from the historic opening of The Borders Railway

BordersRailway_RollingHillsThis week saw the near fifty year wait for train services to be reinstated in the Borders come to an end, as the new Borders Railway route opened to the public.


The longest domestic railway built in the UK for over a century, the new route was funded by Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government and constructed by Network Rail. It features thirty miles of new track and seven new stations between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank.




The new line through the Borders will hopefully encourage more visitors out of Edinburgh and help the local communities in the area travel into Scotland’s capital much easier. A range of new buildings and attractions are planned along the route to increase tourism in the area.


I travelled along the new route last week and sketched my highlights, the landscape is breath taking and cuts through hills and valleys, over rivers and through picturesque ex-mining villages. I look forward to taking the train again and discovering more about the beauty and history within the Border country.


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Borders Railway website

Scotrail website


A magical day out at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Museum.

BonessRailway1Last week the sketcher family and I had a fantastic day, the twins first time on a steam train and they absolutely loved it.


We stayed until the end of the day and said good night to the engines as they had their night time coal and water before rolling into their shed for the night.
Here are two sketches from the day, I hope to go back soon for more sketching. I know the kids would jump at the chance to visit the engines again.

Sketches drawn on location in black ink and watercolour


The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Museum website