A massive artwork on wheels has been unveiled to promote the new Borders Railway throughout Scotland.
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
Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said:
“This striking train will promote the Borders Railway the length
and breadth of Scotland, and is sure to be a hit with families and rail
“ScotRail is looking forward to playing its part in reintroducing
services for customers to and from the Borders for the first time in
almost 50 years, and welcoming passengers to the seven new stations.”