A fund has been launched today by Scottish Borders Council to help communities celebrate the return of the Borders Railway.
The Borders Railway Celebration Fund will offer grants of a few hundred pounds up to a normal maximum of £2,500 for special events to mark the occasion.
It is open to all non-profit making voluntary and community organisations, community councils, schools, public bodies and places of worship, and applications can be submitted any time up to 15 December 2015.
A new 'branded' train to promote the Borders Railway has been unveiled by Scottish Government ministers.
The 3 carriages will never visit the Borders. Instead for the next 18 months they will tour Scottish cities, promoting tourism in the South of Scotland.
Cycling enthusiasts say it's an opportunity missed for bringing tourists into the region, but the company behind the new railway say cyclists are being catered for.
Lori Carnochan has this report.
The company taking over the franchise of ScotRail at the beginning of next month, Abellio, insist cyclists will be catered for.
They issued the following statement:
Cycling enthusiasts across the Scottish Borders have been left disappointed after it was confirmed that only two bikes per train will be allowed to travel on the new Borders Railway.
The region has become one of the UK's top biking destinations, and some say it's an opportunity missed:
The £350 million Borders Railway has been completed with the final section of track laid this morning.
Scottish cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities Keith Brown arrived at Tweedbank Station by train before clipping the final piece of track into place.
Work to lay the track began in October and the line will open to passengers between Edinburgh and the Borders on September 6 2015.
The completion of track laying at the Borders Railway will be officially marked today.
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Keith Brown will join workers and will clip the final length of track into place at Tweedbank Station.
The leader of the Scottish Borders Council has described the final track being laid as an "emotional time".
David Parker says the railway is about the future of young people in the Borders.