By Hugh Dougherty
THE Peebles Community Trust plans to open a railway museum in the Borders tourist town to commemorate its extensive, but largely ignored railway heritage.
The group has its sights set on a former North British Railway weighbridge office, the sole survivor of the company’s station in the town.
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The railway it served was closed by British Railways in 1962 and the station was bulldozed shortly afterwards, with the site now being covered by a road and carpark.
Trust chairman Lawrie Hayworth said: “If we get the green light for taking the railway museum forward, we’ll look for funds to restore the weighbridge office and house the museum there. This is a really exciting project which will ensure that the railway heritage of Peebles will be kept both alive and accessible.”
Peebles was once served by the North British and Caledonian Railways, with trains linking the tourism and mill town to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Galashiels, on the former Waverley Route, while commuter expresses ran to both Edinburgh and Glasgow before the First World War.
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