Scotland narrow gauge line to be rebuilt

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WANLOCKHEAD, Scotland — A narrow gauge railroad in Scotland is in the early stages of restoring a rail line that hasn't seen a train in more than 80 years. The Lowthers Railway Society has started work on a narrow gauge rail line restoration providing rail service to Scotland’s highest village, the Scotsman newspaper reports.

Crews are currently rehabilitating a half-mile section of the line from Leadhills to Wanlockhead in the Scottish council area. The decision to rebuild the rail line builds upon a plan from 20 years ago to extend the right-of-way a half-a-mile across the border from South Lanarkshire toward Dumfries and Galloway.

Railroad preservationists hope the line’s restoration to Wanlockhead, which rests at more than 1,500 feet above sea level, will boost local tourism to the area. The village is home to a mining museum and a European library.

The restoration has been made possible through a partnership with the Buccleuch Estates, who granted the railway authorization to access and begin rebuilding the tracks. The restoration in question is part of the former Caledonian Railway, which closed in the late 1930s.

Lowthers Railway officials hope they can start running trains into Wanlockhead by 2020. The railway did not specify how it intends to finance the track rehabilitation.

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