Memories of when closed track was hard at work

The Southern’s picture spread last week showing track-laying for the Borders Railway at Stow prompted reader and former signalman Douglas Squance of Selkirk to bring us a box of fantastic black-and-white photographs from bygone days on the Waverley and other rail routes in the Borders.

Many of them were taken by the late George Kinghorn, who lived at 25 Thornfield Avenue in Selkirk – the great uncle of current Selkirk freelance photographer, Grant Kinghorn.

Over the coming weeks we will publish selections from this fascinating collection.

We begin today in the Galashiels area of the Waverley line, which closed in 1969 and will reopen from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank in September next year, with halts in the Borders at Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank.