Waverley Route Heritage Association

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Waverley Route Heritage Association
Border Union Railway Company
Railbus 004 & MkII Buffet First Coach, Waverley Route, 30 September 2012 (1).jpg
Railbus 004 & MkII Buffet First Coach
Waverley Route, 30 September 2012
Commercial operations
Name Waverley Route
Built by North British Railway
Original gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preserved operations
Preserved gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preserved eraAssociation formed
10 November 2001 [1]
1 July 2012First train ran [2]

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. [3]

Heritage railway railway used for heritage/historical/tourism purposes

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.

Waverley Route Closed railway line from Edinburgh to Carlisle in Great Britain

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.

Whitrope Tunnel

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

| 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.

Border Union Railway Company

Ruston & Hornsby shunter, Waverley Route, 30 September 2012 Army 110, Ruston & Hornsby shunter, Waverley Route, 30 September 2012.jpg
Ruston & Hornsby shunter, Waverley Route, 30 September 2012
Brake 2nd open coach 9400, Waverley Route, 7 October 2012 Brake 2nd open coach 9400, Waverley Route, 7 October 2012.jpg
Brake 2nd open coach 9400, Waverley Route, 7 October 2012
Brake 2nd coach 9538, Waverley Route, 30 September 2012 Brake 2nd coach 9538, Waverley Route, 30 September 2012 (2).jpg
Brake 2nd coach 9538, Waverley Route, 30 September 2012

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. [4]

Motive power

Diesel locomotives and railcar [5]
DescriptionNumberYear builtNotes
Ruston & Hornsby 48DS4113191958In service
Fowler 0-6-0 DM42400151962Being overhauled
Prototype BRE-Leyland Railbus RB0041984In service
British Rail Class 26 D53401959In store

Rolling stock

Passenger coaches
DescriptionNumberYear builtNotes
BR Mk1 TSRB 693161965Static buffet car
BR Mk2 BSO 94001966Static exhibition carriage
BR Mk2 BSO95381974Stored serviceable
BR Mk2 RFO 12151974Stored serviceable
Goods wagons
DescriptionNumberYear builtNotes
LMS 13 ton 5 plank wagon4190571945Being restored

Borders Railway

The northern part of the Waverley Route has been re-opened as the Borders Railway which is part of the National Rail network.

Borders Railway Railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank

The Borders Railway connects the city of Edinburgh with Galashiels and Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders. The railway follows most of the alignment of the northern part of the Waverley Route, a former double-track line in southern Scotland and northern England that ran between Edinburgh and Carlisle. That line was controversially closed in 1969, as part of the Beeching cuts, leaving the Borders region without any access to the National Rail network. Following the closure, a campaign to revive the Waverley Route emerged. Discussion on reopening the northern part of the line came to a head during the early 2000s. Following deliberations in the Scottish Parliament, the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act 2006 received Royal Assent in June 2006. The project was renamed the "Borders Railway" in August 2008, and building works began in November 2012. Passenger service on the line began on 6 September 2015, whilst an official opening by Queen Elizabeth II took place on 9 September.

National Rail (NR) in the United Kingdom is the trading name licensed for use by the Rail Delivery Group, an unincorporated association whose membership consists of the passenger train operating companies (TOCs) of England, Scotland, and Wales. The TOCs run the passenger services previously provided by the British Railways Board, from 1965 using the brand name British Rail. Northern Ireland, which is bordered by the Republic of Ireland, has a different system. National Rail services share a ticketing structure and inter-availability that generally do not extend to services which were not part of British Rail. The name and the accompanying double arrow symbol are trademarks of the Secretary of State for Transport.

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  1. http://wrha.org.uk/about/
  2. http://www.heritage-railways.com/bur.php
  3. Matt Stoddon (2005). ""About / Waverley Route Heritage Association"". wrha.org.uk. WRHA. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. http://wrha.org.uk/border-union-railway/
  5. http://wrha.org.uk/border-union-railway/stocklist/

Coordinates: 55°17′36″N2°44′55″W / 55.2934°N 2.7487°W / 55.2934; -2.7487

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