|Waverley Route Heritage Association|
|Border Union Railway Company|
Railbus 004 & MkII Buffet First Coach
Waverley Route, 30 September 2012
|Built by||North British Railway|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Preserved era||Association formed|
10 November 2001
|1 July 2012||First train ran|
Waverley Route Heritage Association is a heritage railway group involved with the history, heritage and preservation of the Waverley Route, based/centred on Whitrope, south of Hawick, Scotland.
A heritage railway is a railway operated as living history to re-create or preserve railway scenes of the past. Heritage railways are often old railway lines preserved in a state depicting a period in the history of rail transport.
The Waverley Route was a railway line that ran south from Edinburgh, through Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, to Carlisle. The line was built by the North British Railway; the stretch from Edinburgh to Hawick opened in 1849 and the remainder to Carlisle opened in 1862. The line was nicknamed after the immensely popular Waverley Novels, written by Sir Walter Scott.
Whitrope is a densely forested area, high in the Southern Upland hills managed by the Forestry Commission in the south central Scottish Borders of Scotland, in the former Roxburghshire.
Current projects include the restoration of the 1,208 yard Whitrope Tunnel, formerly part of the Border Union Railway. Also under restoration is Whitrope Siding, which is the headquarters of the line and the home of WRHA's Whitrope Heritage Centre.
The Whitrope Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel in the Scottish Borders, situated 12 miles (19 km) south of Hawick on the Waverley Route, just close to Whitrope. It has a length of 1,208 yards (1,105 m).
The Border Union Railway was a railway line which connected places in the south of Scotland and Cumberland in England. It was authorised on 21 July 1859 and advertised as the Waverley Route by the promoters - the North British Railway. It connected the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway at Hawick with Carlisle.
| Whitrope Siding was a trailing short siding or spur off the "up" (southbound) line, an associated trailing cross-over between up and down lines, a pair of railway cottages and a signal box on the Waverley Line or Waverley Route. It was used as a goods loading bay. The site is now the home of the Whitrope Heritage Centre, as well as the current terminus of the heritage Border Union Railway.
The Association operates a train service along a mile of former Waverley Route track from Whitrope Tunnel to Bridge 200. The association's other aims include restoring most of the track south of Whitrope to Riccarton Junction. The WRHA have been negotiating a new lease with the Forestry Commission.
The Border Union Railway Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the WRHA, which runs trains on a section of demonstration track north and south from Whitrope Heritage Centre.
|Ruston & Hornsby 48DS||411319||1958||In service|
|Fowler 0-6-0 DM||4240015||1962||Being overhauled|
|Prototype BRE-Leyland Railbus||RB004||1984||In service|
|British Rail Class 26||D5340||1959||In store|
|BR Mk1 TSRB||69316||1965||Static buffet car|
|BR Mk2 BSO||9400||1966||Static exhibition carriage|
|BR Mk2 BSO||9538||1974||Stored serviceable|
|BR Mk2 RFO||1215||1974||Stored serviceable|
|LMS 13 ton 5 plank wagon||419057||1945||Being restored|
The northern part of the Waverley Route has been re-opened as the Borders Railway which is part of the National Rail network.
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