All Aboard The Borders Railway

The Borders Railway is now OPEN! We were there for the special Golden Ticket Day.

The sun was shining as lucky golden ticket holders arrived at The National Mining Museum in Newtongrange. With smiles all-round, the celebrations got underway.

With both young and old gathered in the marquee Councillor Catherine Johnstone gave a speech commemorating the historic reopening of the Borders Railway. 12 year old train enthusiast Jack Owen then unveiled the commemorative plaque to rounds of applause. Thereby commissioning the new path linking the museum to the station.

With the speeches over the Golden ticket guests excitedly made their way to the station. With piper Jim McCabe leading the way. Guest were given commemorative goody bags as they eagerly awaited the arrival of the train.

Cheers went up as the train came into sight and soon everyone was eagerly getting aboard. With a countdown from the train driver and spectators waving from the bridge, the lucky Golden Ticket Winners were off to the Borders.

At 11:00am the Family Fun Day at The National Mining Museum got underway. With rousing music provided by the Newbattle High School Jazz band. Preforming a selection of songs putting everyone in the party mood.

With face painting, pony rides, the Esk Valley Miniature Railway and two bouncy castles, everyone had lots of fun. For the more adventurous there was even a cycle bike smoothie maker.

Guest appearances from Minnie and Micky mouse, Elsa and Anna from Frozen as well as the Minions kept children smiling. Whilst Stevie the Clown also proved a popular hit with his balloon animals.

With the weather staying sunny and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, the Family Fun Day was a huge success. Providing the perfect festive atmosphere to accompany the opening of the Borders Railway.