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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.