Ever wondered what sort of rolling stock “The Waverley” express would have run with had it survived into the 70s or 80s? Well trouble yourself no longer, for the Age of the Train has arrived at Whitrope!
With the commencement of passenger operations firmly on the horizon, the Association has taken delivery of its first item of passenger stock in the shape of Mark 2f RFO no. 1215 in Inter- City blue and grey livery. The carriage, on loan from Northumbria Rail, is a conversion of a FO (First Open) and sports a fully equipped buffet at one end plus seating at tables in the 2+1 configuration.
The journey up was thankfully uneventful, and after a hastily arranged press call in the main square in Newcastleton, the low loader joined the Waverley trackbed at Steele Road for a “Down direction” approach to Whitrope via Riccarton Junction. Now, how long has it been since a railway carriage made that particular journey up from Carlisle?
Our thanks go to Dave Shell and all at Northumbria Rail, Simon and Chris from Reids Transport of Stoke on Trent, Iain Mac and Tony “Colin McRae” Graham for conducting the low loader up through the forestry and opening the gates, all in the welcoming committee at Whitrope, Tomasz at the Liddesdale Hotel for rustling up some sandwiches and the residents of Newcastleton for putting up with a muckle big railway carriage in the middle of their village. Last but certainly not least, thanks to all those who contributed so generously to our Rolling Stock Appeal and made the move possible. More photos to follow…..