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Visitors will be able to catch the train to get to this year’s Doors Open Day in Selkirk.

A free half-hourly shuttle bus service will take passengers from Tweedbank Rail Station to Selkirk town centre on Saturday 17 September, when a total of 17 buildings can be accessed free of charge as part of Doors Open Day.

Doors Open Day is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event which sees hundreds of properties not normally open to the public made accessible for one day during September.

Co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and part of European Heritage Days, the local programme has been developed this year by Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme with a wide mix of buildings open to the public in and around the town.

Among the highlights in Selkirk is Sir Walter Scott’s Courthouse, where the famous novelist himself served as Sheriff in the 19th century. It will host a dramatic re-enactment of a case involving robbery and a secret liaison.

Other buildings to be opened up include Haining House, the Duke of Buccleuch’s Bowhill House, the striking modernist studio of the late designer Bernat Klein and observation tower on the nearby Riddell Estate.

Selkirk’s textile past is recognised with the traditional Forest Mill operated by Andrew Elliot open for tours, as well as a mills walking tour around the area which once made the Royal Burgh a key part of the industrial revolution.

“Doors Open Days is a great way to catch a glimpse inside some fantastic buildings which you may not have seen inside before.

“The programme this year contains some wonderful opportunities to encourage the whole family to explore buildings including a kids pack to keep the little ones interested which will be available on the day from our base in the Victoria Halls.”

– Colin Gilmour, Selkirk CARS Officer

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The Scotsman arrives at Tweedbank!

The Flying Scotsman came to Tweedbank on the recently reopened Borders railway today.

The tour was cancelled on Friday night after Network Rail revealed it had not had time to check the Scotsman could safely travel along the planned route. However yesterday afternoon it was announced that the checks had been completed, and that the trip could go ahead as planned.

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Flying Scotsman: Your tweets

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Network Rail issue statement on Scotsman debacle

Network Rail has this afternoon announced that it has reinstated the planned Flying Scotsman tours of the Borders railway and Fife on Sunday.

Mark Carne, Network Rail chief executive, said: "Overnight and through today our engineers and analysts have worked hard to find a way to get the necessary safety checks and engineering assessments done. I am pleased to say that we have been successful and are now able to reinstate the original planned tours of the Flying Scotsman in Scotland on Sunday.

"I wholeheartedly and sincerely apologise for the consternation caused by the premature announcement yesterday.

"Once the tours have been safely and successfully run, I will be instigating a full investigation into how this problem occurred on our railway in Scotland."

Flying Scotsman journey BACK ON

Follwing the cancellation of the Flying Scotsman's trip through the Bordders last night, Scottish Borders Council has been advised that the Flying Scotsman will be making a return trip from Edinburgh to Tweedbank on Sunday 15 May 2016 as originally planned. As a result, all original plans have been reinstated. This includes the food and drink market in Tweedbank and all community events in Galashiels.

David Parker, Leader of the Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be told the news this afternoon that the Flying Scotsman will be visiting the Scottish Borders tomorrow after all.

He went on to praise Phil Verster, Chief Executive of the ScotRail Alliance and said: “Phil Verster and his team deserve enormous credit for what they have done to allow the safe passage of the Flying Scotsman to the Borders tomorrow as originally planned. The hard work and dedication of the ScotRail Alliance has managed to resolve in less than 24 hours what Network Rail have been unable to do in 12 weeks.

“I would also like to thank Derek Mackay, the Transport Minister who has clearly worked extremely hard to ensure that the very special events planned for this weekend in Scotland can take place.

“Going forward, there must be lessons learned from this and in particular how events are managed by Network Rail in the future. We will work with the ScotRail Alliance to ensure that what we have witnessed this weekend never happens again.”

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