|First Bus X95 (the uncomfy bus)|
|Scottish borders v1.0|
The X95 takes in Hawick, Selkirk and Galashiels before heading north (going in the right direction now we are) towards Edinburgh. Galashiels is a scottish borders town with a population of around 13,000 which lost its’ train service thanks to Dr Beeching. It is now getting it back thanks to Alex Salmon! As we went north you could see all the work being done to rebuild a railway where it was 50 years ago!!! Major earthworks that, had it been a motorway, would have caused uproar. We mused that when they did a very similar exercise in Cambridgeshire they didn’t put a train back, but built the Cambridge Busway – which if you have been keeping up was around Thursday lunchtime (Before Wetherspoons in Peterborough – another name check Tim – worth something in the pot!!)
|Scottish borders v2.0... probably the real one|
Why not the Galashiels Busway – running through fields with no obvious housing. We felt there were many similarities that if it worked in one place could work in the other! As it is, come summer 2015, a new 30 mile branch line will re-open in Scotland.. and Dr Beeching will turn in his grave!
Onward into Edinburgh… in search of a tram… but none were seen – only the tracks they leave behind. Hey – are they missing a trick – why not send the Edinburgh tram to Galashiels?
|Stagecoach X54 to Dundee|
During the journey, another choice piece of earwigging was to be had – apart from the domestic behind us! The best was two guys in front of me (who had perhaps a little too good a time in Glenrothes). Man 1 to Man 2: “I was brought up a gentleman. I wear trousers… you can wear whatever you like, but I wear trousers!” Man 2 to Man 1; “Yeah, I wear trousers and shoes!”. Man 1 back to Man 2, “Yup, me too… trousers and shoes. It’s the way I was brought up!”
|A moment of clarity? The real Forth Bridge|
Over the Tay Bridge the mist cleared and we arrived in Dundee – as per our plan. Hotel found and into… That is right Tim... another evening in Wetherspoons… although we notice in Scotland they do not let you set up a tab! (But they still serve food until 11pm). Tomorrow is easier going, but we will have another breakfast box to keep us company… mental note to find the location of Gregg’s!
As a bit of an aside; one thing that has amazed us is how many people are reading this blog – and where! Greetings to our followers in Rwanda. Is there anyone out there further away than that – if so get in touch. As for donations I am sure we will accept anything – even Kuwaiti Dinars!