As many of you know, James and I were delighted when the Borders Railway opened in in Autumn 2015, it has been wonderful to welcome visitors to Burts and the Townhouse to enjoy a lunch and a wander round Melrose, or to stay with us for a longer visit. The Borders Railway has also been making history with her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth opening the station at Tweedbank on the day she became the country’s longest reigning monarch, travelling the route by steam train. History was made again when the Flying Scotsman returned to Scotland and the Scottish Borders last month with thousands turning out to see this special train in the splendour of the Scottish Borders scenery.
We are delighted that steam trains are in the news again, as they will be running on the Borders Railway this summer for six weeks, twice daily, on Sundays from the 7th August. The first train will depart at 0946 from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive at Tweedbank at 1115. It will be stationed at Tweedbank before making its return trip at 1401. The evening excursion will depart Edinburgh at 1646 arriving at Tweedbank at 1815. It will then make its return trip at 1955 steaming back into Waverley in the twilight at 2125. Tickets start at £55 and more information can be found on the Steam Dreams website.
It is likely that the engine pulling the train this year will be the Royal Scot. The Royal Scot was built in 1927 in a new series of steam locomotives to ensure faster passenger services between London to Birmingham and Manchester and Glasgow. She has a distinguished history which includes a visit to the USA to represent Britain in the “Century of Progress” exhibition held in Chicago in 1933. During this trip she even got to cross the Rockies. After her retirement she was bought by Billy Butlin and was a key attraction at Butlin’s Skegness for many years. After some years as a static exhibit at Bressingham Steam Museum the Royal Scot was overhauled and came back into service and we are delighted that it is likely she will be the key engine for the steam train journeys this summer on the Borders Railway.
The historic town of Melrose is a 15 minute walk from Tweedbank station, or you can take a longer route along the River Tweed. We are also happy to arrange for a taxi to pick you up from the station and then return you there in plenty of time for your departure. We serve lunch and dinner at Burts and the Townhouse and if the weather is sunny you are very welcome to eat lunch in our garden and enjoy a glass of wine or a Pimm’s. To avoid disappointment, we would advise that you book in advance, especially if you would like us to arrange transport. Please call Burts on 01896 822285 or the Townhouse on 01896 822645.