Grahame hopes for more steam

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Local MSP Christine Grahame is welcoming calls for steam trains to be returned to the Borders railway next year, stating that the economic benefits far outweigh the disruption they cause.

Around 6,200 passengers travelled on 17 steam journeys in September and October, and while the main commuter service was delayed, the overall steam experience was a huge success.

Ms Grahame said: “I understand Scottish Borders Council is looking at the possibility of running the steam trains to coincide with events that are taking place in the Borders like the book festival or Melrose Sevens.

“I’m sure this would be of great economic benefit to the region although such events do already attract people in large numbers so perhaps linking in with smaller events could also be considered.”

Scotrail has confirmed that there are no definite plans for steam trains in 2016 but that it was wonderful to see such high demand.