The railway came to Peebles in July 1855. However, this small town in the Scottish Borders soon became the subject of a dispute between the North British Railway and the Caledonian Railway. The Peebles Railway, the first to reach the town, was taken over in 1876 by the North British. In 1855, however, the Symington, Biggar & Broughton Railway was authorised and, in 1861, formally absorbed by the Caledonian Railway. The North British responded with a new line from Peebles to Galashiels which blocked the Caledonian. In this book, Roy G. Perkins and Iain MacIntosh look at the two North British lines, from where the original Peebles Railway left the line south of Edinburgh to Galashiels, using a fascinating collection of modern and period photographs. Although the railways in the Borders were closed in the 1960s, sections of them are still in partial use as cycle paths and the new Borders Railway will also bring fresh life to parts.
Roy G. Perkins was the editor of the 'Journal' of the Waverley Route Heritage Association and Director of the Border Union Railway Co Ltd. Formerly, Marketing Manager of Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive and market research analyst, Michelin Tyre Co. Ltd. Graduate of the London School of Economics. Was formerly the director of the Border Union Railway (1969) Ltd. He was a writer and author who was a consultant specialising in heritage railways.