Autumn 2016 Meeting
Railfuture National Conference - Summer 2016 in Scotland
Railfuture Scotland celebrate reopening of Borders Railway with conference
Railfuture Scotland hosted the national summer conference at the Scottish National Mining Museum, Newtongrange, Midlothian, EH22 4QN, on Saturday 18th June 2016 (photo of notice at station by Jerry Alderson). About 80 people attended. The location had been specially chosen as it is located along the Borders Railway, which will reopened on Sunday 6th September 2015 after more than 46 years since its closure on 6th January 1969.
Like all of Railfuture's all-day conferences, it included welcome drinks and a buffet lunch. A list of the national conferences, including those held in Scotland, can be found at www.railfuture.org.uk/conferences, which also takes online bookings for future conferences.
For photos of the Borders Railway click HERE.
Borders Railway Reopening Celebration - 26 September 2015
Scottish borders railway line reopened after more than 45 years
The Borders Railway reopened (after 46 years since closure) on Sunday 6th September 2015, with the official opening by the Queen on Wednesday 9th September, the day she was due to become Britain's longest serving monarch. Railfuture Scotland organised an event for its members and the public later that month (on Saturday 26th September) at the new Transport Interchange at Galashiels, towards the southern end of the reopened line.
The guest speaker was Dr Ann Glen who talked to the packed audience on the subject of "Re-Building the Borders Railway", which is the subject of her new book.
Dr Glen had followed the rebuilding process from day one and had managed to enlist "inside" assistance from key Network Rail personnel which enabled her to take photographs from privileged sites. She showed some of these during her presentation. In addition she had acquired information about the snags encountered by the engineers and she was able to relate these to her audience with both humour and passion.
One attendee from Railfuture's North East branch said "Without doubt this was one of the finest presentations I have ever heard at a Railfuture event. Congratulations to Railfuture Scotland for mounting such a successful and enjoyable meeting."
Autumn 2012 Meeting
Railfuture Scotland with CRAG and RailQwest held a meeting on Saturday 17 November 2012 from 14:00 to 17:00 at the Friends Meeting House in Edinburgh.
Lawrence Marshall and Bill Forbes led an open discussion on "Lobbying West and East".
Re-openings Conference 2012
How Scotland took the rail way forward
On 16th June 2012 Railfuture Scotland organised the national summer conference, which was held in Stirling. More than 40 people listened to speakers that included Network Rail and experts on some recent railway reopenings.
Read the Conference Report (PDF)
Railfuture issued a press release immediately after the conference entitled "Rail Campaigners want to copy Scottish rail successes".
For details of all national Railfuture conferences click here.