Borders railway campaigner honoured in naming ceremony

Madge Elliot in front of the locomotive named after her Credit: ITV Border

Veteran Borders Railway campaigner Madge Elliot has been honoured in a locomotive naming ceremony at Edinburgh Waverley Station today.

The eighty-one-year-old led the campaign against the closure of the Waverley line in 1969.

She started a petition against the move, and on Wednesday 18 December 1968, attended Downing Street with her eldest son to deliver it to the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. The petition had 11,768 signatures.

More recently she was a founding member of the Campaign for Borders Rail.

She was piped into the station alongside her family and friends.

The ceremony was arranged in advance of the new route opening for driver training next week.

It also marked the countdown to the start of rail services, with 95 days until the 6 September launch.