Waverley Route Heritage Association

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]

Waverley Route Heritage Association
Border Union Railway Company
Railbus 004 & MkII Buffet First Coach
Waverley Route, 30 September 2012
Commercial operations
NameWaverley Route
Built byNorth 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]

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 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

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]
Description Number Year built Notes
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

Rolling stock

Passenger coaches
Description Number Year built Notes
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
Goods wagons
Description Number Year built Notes
LMS 13 ton 5 plank wagon 419057 1945 Being 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.


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