Open day to show off Melrose station

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RESTORATION work at the former railway station at Melrose continues apace, with the completion of a 175-foot section of fence along the platform and railbed.

“The fence was a feature of this lovely station when it closed in 1969,” said Geoff Evison, chairman of the Waverley Railway Company, which has been restoring the station, owned by Crawford estates, for the past two years.

Volunteers have already erected original signage and installed a platform seat, while plans have been drawn up to lay a 24ft section of line.

“Our ultimate aim is to have a railway vehicle permanently on the track,” said Mr Evison.

The company hopes to raise the profile of the project with an open weekend this Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 5pm both days.

Refreshments will be served under the station canopy, there will a sales stand and a raffle will be held to raise funds. The first prize will be two first class train tickets for a return journey between any two destinations served by First Scotrail.