Posted by: wrha | July 30, 2016

Membership renewals

WRHA members, please be advised that Monday 1st August is renewal day for membership subscriptions.

If you don’t currently pay by standing order, a renewal form is available to download from the membership page of the main website, link below.



Posted by: wrha | July 26, 2016

Groundworks & grading

Saturday 23rd July

A good day weather wise. After a little bit of shunting the Permaquip Patrolmen’s trolley and its trailer were loaded up with tools and equipment and set off for the head of steel at the Northern end of the main running line.

The team then set about removing more of the moss and other growth from the track bed near the tunnel portal compound. The ballast was scraped to loosen the remaining original ballast bed and then graded the best they could with the tools available.

The drainage ditch in this area has had some work, but the area is still wet so further work will be required on future work days.

Once lifting equipment is available sleepers will be loaded onto the trailer and moved to this area and set out ready to construct a new panel.

As always these works depend on volunteer labour and donations. Details of how you can help with either are available via the main website,

Posted by: wrha | July 16, 2016

The first two weeks of July

Saturday 2nd. The bracing salt laden air and the weather at Methil have not helped the guards van structure. All the brake linkages were seized with rust; these were freed off and the brakes now work via the hand wheel inside the van. The rigging will require stripping and overhaul at some point in the future though, before regular use. The van had been used as a storage area at Methil for various items, so the Ruston 48DS was coupled to the van and pulled around opposite Northumbria Rail’s brake carriage and the re-usable items transferred to a new home inside it. The guards van was then positioned alongside the platform for easy access to allow final cleaning out.

Saturday 9th. A rather wet day! The branches and logs from a previous work day felling were cleared to one side, off the work area, to allow us to see the two 60 ft lengths of rail. These were coupled to the Ruston by shackles and chains and pulled into the “four-foot” of the running line out of the way for the moment to allow the area to be cleared and sub-base to be put down before the sleepers and rail are put in place.

Future work for July: It is planned to prepare the area near the tunnel for track work so we will need to dispose of cut scrub and such like. The area also needs attention to the drainage ditches. The brake van needs some tidying up and attention to the body work (including modifications to the balcony doors) before it can be used regularly.

Below are several images from the North British Railway Study Group’s recent visit to Whitrope.

Posted by: wrha | June 1, 2016

New stock arrives at Whitrope.

After a very unusual route the brake van from Fife has arrived at the railway. The journey from Methil involved a lay over in Stoke! With two cranes needed to lift the brake van onto the rails, it was quite a big job. The first task was to move the concrete blocks from near the level crossing to allow the trailer access to the position required for the lift. With the brake in position the crane unit then edged down the track-bed into position for the lift. With both cranes working together the brake van was slowly lift off the trailer and onto the rails at it’s new home at Whitrope.
Once again thanks to Jeffray Wotherspoon and all the crew at Methil for the loan of these items.

Posted by: wrha | May 22, 2016

Flying Scotsman visit

Flying Scotsman visit the Scottish Borders on Sunday 15th May. The trip has generated huge interest across the region and it caused consternation on Friday evening when Network Rail announced that the visit was cancelled due ton gauging paperwork not being in place. On the Saturday a large amount of political pressure was applied to Network Rail and much to everyone’s delight the visit was back on and the required paperwork was in place.
The day of the visit saw lovely weather across the Borders and the crowds were out in force to see the steam engines. The run down from Edinburgh to Tweedbank saw huge crowds at the line-side, thankfully all on the right side of the fence. At points the A7 was struggling to keep flowing with parked cars and people stopping to see the train.
The stop at Galashiels was met with a very large crowd and the pipe band, which really impressed the passengers on the train. Arrival at Tweedbank was greeted with even larger numbers of excited spectators, keen to see Flying Scotsman. A party atmosphere was generated at Tweedbank were people queued to gain access to the platform for a photograph.
Late in the afternoon the train departed back up to Edinburgh after a highly successful visit.

Posted by: wrha | May 21, 2016

7-8th of May

A rather grey Saturday up at Whitrope with low cloud set in.
With a good number of bodies on site a number of jobs were progressed. Chris and Davie worked on the under-frame of the buffet coach, removing some rust and applying primer. Malcolm carried out repairs to the steps that give access to the Mk1 workshop coach. Tom and Peter were on site and progressed a number of jobs. The development of various exhibits continues with a number of mile posts in position at the end of the platform.

Posted by: wrha | April 24, 2016

Weekend update 23rd April

A day of sunshine and snow showers, that is spring at Whitrope. Plenty of jobs going on across the site to ensure everything is ready for the start of the operating season next weekend.
In the coaches, Alan, Bill and Ian were putting finishing touches to the new exhibits. The coaches are really looking impressive this year and all the hard work put into the exhibits is clear to see.
Tom and Peter continue their work on the path between the car park and the platform.
Joe continues his work on the floral displays on the platform and they are starting to come into bloom. He also did some grass cutting, one of the endless jobs at Whitrope as there is always somewhere that needs cutting.
The track gang were out greasing point rodding and the points. The track was inspected ready for next weeks operation and all is ready for action.
There was also a shunt taking place to ensure that all the stock is in place ready for a visit by Borders College students on Wednesday.
With the opening event for the new season next weekend there will be plenty of activity through the coming week to put the finishing touches to a number of jobs.

Posted by: wrha | April 22, 2016

Mid week update

A busy week up at Whitrope with a good number of volunteers on site through the week.
The main focus being to complete a myriad of tasks before the opening weekend on the 30th of April.
The exhibition and buffet coach continue to improve as new features for this season are completed and fine tuned.
Preparation work is ongoing with both the stock and the track-work to complete all the little jobs which need signing off before operations can start.
Below are some images of the works completed over the weekend. Some like the car park drain still have bits to complete, but they all help slowly but surely in the improvement of our site.

Posted by: wrha | April 20, 2016

April Works Weekend

A busy weekend which saw volunteers on site over the weekend and the Friday before and on into the Monday.

Work continued on completing the installation of the generator. The container was re-ordered ready for the partition wall to be constructed. The electrical side of the generator was connected up and power is now available in the mess/office container and the exhibition coach. There are still further cable runs to do to supply power to other areas around the compound.

In the car park area a new drain run was installed in the area near the gate. The aim of this drain being to help remove surface water from the car park, making it a better surface for our visitors.

The path from the car park down to the platform also saw further work and although not complete is already looking muck better.

In the area around the approach to the bay platform work was carried out to prepare the track-bed for relaying the track into the bay platform. An area was prepared near the end of the platform was prepared for a number of the mile-posts the association holds. These will be displayed in an area that allows them to be viewed by all our visitors.

A number of other jobs were progressed over the weekend as efforts are concentrated to ensure that everything is ready for the start of the new season.
There will be some more photographs of the works soon.

Posted by: wrha | April 12, 2016

Saturday 9th April

With a number of regulars away to witness the return of a Deltic to the old Waverley Route, it was a smaller than usual group of volunteers on site.

Those on site progressed a number of jobs. Work on the generator continued with efforts focused on the electrical side. Baz worked on RB004 cleaning her up and getting ready for the new season.

Elsewhere work started to convert the old toilet shed into it’s new role as a ticket office on the platform. The shed will need a little bit of work before it is ready for this new role. A new floor being a start.

Next weekend is the April works weekend, running over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are jobs of all types being undertaken, so why not come along and give a hand.

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