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Archaeologists make 'stunning' new discovery on Scotland's earliest railway

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Archaeologists say they have made a "stunning" new discovery on the route of Scotland's earliest railway.

The Tranent Waggonway in East Lothian was first constructed in 1722.

It was initially built for hauling coal from a pit at Tranent to Cockenzie and Port Seton for use as fuel in a process for making salt.

New archaeological excavations have revealed three wooden railways, each one laid immediately on top of the last.

The 1722 Waggonway Project said it appeared to have been an attempt to upgrade the railway with "crudely cut timbers" over a short period of time.

The project team said there was no another site like it in railway archaeology.


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