A cold winters night in January 1969 fails to deter protestors at Newcastleton, led by local minister The Reverend Brydon Maben, from blocking the level crossing gates and thus the passage of the last scheduled train over the Waverley route, the 21.55 Waverley - St Pancras sleeper. David Steel MP, one of the passengers on the train, became a one-man arbitration service that night and was primarily responsible for Peak no 60 Lytham St Annes eventually being allowed to take the train forward over the crossing and continue its belated journey south.

Location: Newcastleton

Company: Border Union Railway (North British Railway)

Photographer: Bruce McCartney

Contact photographer: Bruce McCartney

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Date: 06/01/1969

Image number: 18723

Tags: Sleeper trains
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