A PLAQUE highlighting Scotland’s earliest railway has been unveiled on a historic milestone.

The National Transport Trust’s red plaque was officially revealed to the public last month to tie in with the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Prestonpans.

The planned unveiling had been due to take place earlier in the year but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ed Bethune, chairman of the Waggonway Heritage Group, was joined by John Cameron, vice-chairman of the National Transport Trust, at the Waggonway on Cockenzie’s West Harbour Road to mark the unveiling.

The Tranent to Cockenzie Waggonway opened in 1722 and was built to carry coal on wooden rails, using gravity and horse power.

It was later fought across during the Battle of Prestonpans 1745.

The plaque is one of only four in Scotland, alongside Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal; Glenfinnan Viaduct; and Wemyss Bay Station, Inverclyde.