AMBITIOUS plans to recreate a working replica of Scotland’s oldest working railway have received the backing of East Lothian’s MSP.

The 1722 Waggonway Project was established seven years ago to preserve, promote and enhance the 1722 Tranent to Cockenzie Waggonway.

The group plans to rebuild a working wooden waggonway exactly as it was constructed in the 18th century.

At the same time, they also hope to construct a replica horse gin, an 18th-century pit headgear at one end of the line, and a “coalfauld” with unloading tippers at the opposite end, as well as a full-scale, 18th-century working salt pan house to complete the living history package.

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The group is seeking sponsorship, subscriptions and grant funding to raise the cash required for the anticipated five-year project.

Paul McLennan, East Lothian MSP and a former leader of East Lothian Council, has backed the proposals.

He said: “I am thrilled to endorse plans to construct a working wooden waggonway and associated infrastructure.

“Since the establishment of the 1722 Waggonway Project in 2017, I have seen first-hand the group’s dedication to preserving, promoting and enhancing the 1722 Tranent–Cockenzie Waggonway.

“These ambitious plans seek to create another industrial heritage attraction for East Lothian and will contribute massively to preserving the industrial history of Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans.

“I give my full support to the proposal and look forward to seeing this significant living history heritage asset for both East Lothian and Scotland come to life.”