Posted by: wrha | October 31, 2014

A Railway Re-born (part 2)

Continuing south from Gorebridge this section covers Fushiebridge and Borthwick bank, all with rail laid, although the double track section still awaits the second set of rails laying. The section is much more rural and it is good to see the back of the large mesh fencing along this part of the railway.

Posted by: wrha | October 29, 2014

A Railway Re-born (part 1)

With the track-work now being laid at quite a pace the railway is starting to come back to life. Places that have not seen railway activity for over 40 years are once again seeing railway locomotives. The pictures in this section start at Gorebridge and work along the line to Eskbank. All this section now has rails laid and most of it has also received a first drop of ballast. It was great to see locomotives operating on the line.

Posted by: wrha | October 26, 2014

Whitrope 25th of October

A busy weekend with work done on the point rodding at Whitrope and the AGM which was held at Old Gala House in Galashiels. The two large and very heavy concrete blocks that will support the angle cranks for the point rodding were put in place. The second compensator bench was put in place and most of the rodding runs were completed. There is still a number of jobs to do but the rodding runs are very much taking shape.
The AGM was held in the very pleasant surroundings of Old Gala House and the minutes of the meeting will be available to members shortly.

The two compensator benches in position. The point rodding is coming on well.

The two compensator benches in position. The point rodding is coming on well.

The two large concrete block and joining timber in place. The cranks are currently loosely in position.

The two large concrete block and joining timber in place. The cranks are currently loosely in position.

The next section of track contains a number of new stations at Eskbank, Newtongrange and Gorebridge. All now have their platforms in place and will very soon see track relaid.

The last major engineering project to be started on the railway at Falahill which allows the A7 road to pass over the new solemn of the track-bed is nearing completion and has just been opened to road traffic.

Posted by: wrha | October 14, 2014

Track-laying and the northern end of the railway

With track-laying underway at the northern end of the railway, interest in the re-build seems to be growing. The track is going down at a good rate so progress can be seen every day.
The stations along the line are all taking shape and the whole line is looking more and more like a railway once more.
This review looks at the section from the start of the line at Newcraighall to the site of the old station at Eskbank.

Posted by: wrha | October 14, 2014

Railway artwork from Iain MacIntosh

Iain MacIntosh, WRHA member and former Chairman, and co-author of The Waverley Route Through Time, The Railways of Peebles Through Time and The Border Counties Railway Through Time, is producing a series of artistic works depicting Steam and Diesel workings and several of these are now available for Pre-order:
Rude Awakening,
Holm Locals in Steam
Holm Locals Sulzer
Milepost 72 1/4
Across the Border
Border Atlantic
Forthcoming works can be viewed at Iain MacIntosh Railway Artist on Facebook.
You can help out the WRHA each time you buy a print as 40% commission from each sale goes directly to aid the group’s ground works, vehicle conservation and the sourcing, conservation and the protecting of artifacts.
WAVE004000 Rude Awakening. - Low Res Copy
Rude Awakening
WAVE004001 Holm locals in Steam. - Low Res Copy
Holm Locals in Steam
WAVE004002 Holm locals Sulzer. - Low Res Copy
Holm Locals Sulzer
WAVE004003 Milepost 72 and a quarter. - Low Res Copy
Milepost 72 1/4
WAVE004010 Over the Border. - Low Res Copy
Across the Border
WAVE004012 Border Atlantic low res copy
Border Atlantic
Posted by: wrha | October 11, 2014

Whitrope 11th of October

A mainly pleasant sunny day at Whitrope, with just a couple of showers. A reasonable number of volunteers allowed a number of tasks to be undertaken.

Some pw work was done on the point-work, whilst Peter was progressing a number of drainage projects. Tom continues to refurbish the pipework for the Fowler. The opportunity was taken whilst there were plenty of people on site to get the front cowling for the Fowler out of storage and re-fit it to the engine. This helps makes the locomotive much more watertight with winter fast approaching.

Baz and Craig started work on the old Mk1 coach, applying some paint to the outside with the aim of making more aesthetically pleasing. The day also saw a good number of visitors.

Posted by: wrha | October 8, 2014

Update on works from Galashiels to Stow (part 2)

The second part of the review looks at the section from North Bowshank to Stow station. Work is stepping up to get all the track-bed completed and the photographs show that even on Sunday’s the railway is a hive of activity.

Posted by: wrha | October 6, 2014

Update on works from Galashiels to Stow (part 1)

A look at some of the on-going work between Galashiels and Stow, this first part covers the area from Galashiels to Bowshank. A number of new bridges have been constructed along this section, with most of the works now well on the way to completion.

Posted by: wrha | September 24, 2014

Galashiels Area Update

A quick look at some of the sites around the Galashiels area that have seen considerable progress since the last update.

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