Monday, August 27, 2012

Waverley Line Heritage

Whitrope Siding was the highest point on the Waverley Line, which connected Edinburgh to Carlisle. The line was completed in 1862 and closed in 1969. The line's history is here.

The Waverley Route Heritage Association has its base at Whitrope, and with the recent construction of a new platform this is now Scotland's newest (and shortest, and most isolated) heritage railway - the Border Union Railway. From small acorns... !

These two coaches house a shop and a museum.

The museum has lots of interest on the history of the Waverley Line.

 These large photos sent a shiver up the spine of this steam enthusiast!

This Ruston 48DS is one of two diesel shunters on the site. See it in action here.

This railbus (history here) has been providing short runs along the line at weekends. Read about the opening in June here.

 Friendly volunteers. This is Paul, our guard.

End of the line at the moment, where it crosses the B6399. Hopefully a big future is ahead for the railway!

Another volunteer keeping things spic and span!

I've not been able to drive much this summer, so yesterday was a great excursion, through lovely scenery. I made it a round trip via Lockerbie, Langholm, up the A7 to the turnoff on the small road to Hermitage Castle, to the B6399 which connects Newcastleton to Hawick. Whitrope Siding is some dozen miles south of Hawick. I returned via Hawick, Selkirk, and Moffat. And it didn't rain!

Photos © Skip Cottage

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