1847 'Hero' Stage Coach

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1847 'Hero' Stage Coach

In May 1847, John Croall replaced a withdrawn mail coach service from Edinburgh to Dumfries via Moffat with a new coach called 'Hero'. When the Caledonian Railway reached Beattock in September 1847, Hero collected passengers for the new station that was for a time a terminus. It seems from reports in 'The Scotsman' that its service was shortened and Croall radically reduced fares in advertisements, with the final promotion appearing in the paper on 28 November 1849. Described as a splendid, new, fast, four inside coach, the Moffat Hero, it seems, ran for three seasons as rail travel rapidly rendered redundant hundreds of similar stage-coaches. The coach remained in the area, however, as it is next recorded as being resident in the coach house at the Tontine Hotel, Peebles. It was used at the Beltane Festival for many years right into the 1950s when it was swapped for a Landau provided by St Cuthbert's Cooperative Society. St Cuthbert's then used the Hero for ceremonial work in the City of Edinburgh and throughout the UK and it was much photographed through into the early 1970s, when it passed into the care of West Lothian Museums.

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