'What's this about a Hutton Paxton railway?' a bloggee writes. 'I have lived here man and boy and man and wife for many years and heard nothing about such a thing. Hardly viable given that no one in Paxton wants or needs to visit Hutton and all the traffic would be one way'
A (Paxton?) point of view perhaps. But the scheme is under intensive study by the Hutton Think Tank. One analyst has suggested a branch line to the peri-urban area of Fishwick and across the river to the Chain Bridge Honey Farm with a halt at the Maize Maze. Funding for a new bridge may be a problem but if a link could be established with the Waverley Line to the West and to Berwick in the East the whole Borders Region would be opened up to slow moving but long stay tourists-the speed of the train would automatically dictate the length of their visit. on present thinking the engine will be an environmental friendly electric device with the batteries recharged every other station whilst the passengers view local attractions and visit the pub. Chip fat is another possibility but this might mean having a chain of McDonald's along the line with all the opportunity that affords for anti-capitalist demonstrations and appalling litter.
A consultative Pink Paper will shortly (2009) be issued and a great debate can begin.