What to do with village’s historic station building?

SBSR Stow station just after closure in 1969
SBSR Stow station just after closure in 1969

The future of a historic building has been debated by local residents after it was given a new lease of life by the reopening of the Borders Railway

A gallery, cafe and adult education centre could be the future for Stow’s historic station building on the new Borders Railway.

Stow Community Trust recently presented plans to a well attended meeting in the village, outlining proposals for the original station building, which currently stands disused on the busy new station.

“Ever since the building was saved there has been constant debate about making it part of the community again,” said Alan McNeilly, chair of the trust. “We’ve been in negotiations with the railway operators and the Scottish government to help us established a flexible space that works well for a whole range of uses.

“We’re seeking further ideas from the village, because there’s lots going on in Stow, and this could be a real point of focus for the community.”

The stone building, which dates from 1848, is the only original station building left on the new Borders Railway, actually within the Borders.

Fountainhall, four miles north, still retains its station house, but has not seen its halt reinstated.