Artwork train brings Borders Railway to life

Press release   •   Mar 17, 2015 14:36 GMT

A massive artwork on wheels has been unveiled to promote the new Borders Railway throughout the country.

With just six months to go until Scotland’s most exciting rail project in over a century is open to the public, Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown revealed the 70 metre long train wrapped in specially-designed livery to promote some of the top attractions of those areas served by the new railway.

The livery has been designed to catch the eye of train-loving kids and rail enthusiasts as the three-carriage Class 170 travels between Scotland’s seven cities and it features illustrations of Edinburgh Zoo’s beloved pandas, Midlothian’s famous and historic Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders’ world-class scenery.

Unveiling the train at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, Mr Brown said:

“The Borders Railway is one of the Scottish Government’s biggest infrastructure projects and the longest domestic railway to be built in the UK in over a hundred years.

“The communities of the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh will all benefit from the new work, study and social opportunities. But we also want to maximise the benefits by bringing people from all over Scotland to use this new line.

“This train will enter normal service in the ScotRail fleet and will operate between Scotland’s cities, exposing the Borders Railway to many more people throughout the country.

“Its eye-catching design will be a fantastic and memorable promotional tool and I look forward to seeing it becoming a real hit on social media as it makes its way around Scotland.”

The Borders Railway will become operational for passengers in September. Construction of the 30-mile line is progressing well to be complete by June, when Network Rail will hand it over to ScotRail for 12 weeks of driver training ahead of the grand opening.

As well as the commuter benefits, there will be a steam train experience to draw even more tourists to the former Waverley line. And a home is being built for the Great Tapestry of Scotland at the Tweedbank station.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland said:

“The Borders Railway is a hugely exciting opportunity for Scottish tourism and we are looking forward to working with and supporting businesses to develop new ideas, products and experiences. This train artwork is a brilliant way of promoting this exciting new attraction, highlighting some of the wonderful experiences visitors can enjoy along the way.

“Railway journeys have captured the imagination of visitors for decades, and to be able to present to the world this magnificent new train line which takes people on a journey deep into the heart of Sir Walter Scott country, is truly exceptional.

“The Borders Railway is a new adventure for visitors to Scotland to experience, and we look forward to welcoming people from the UK and overseas to this impressive new attraction.”


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