With all the recent excitement of opening the new Border Union Railway at Whitrope, its easy to forget that the WRHA has a remit to preserve items and artefacts from the original incarnation of the Waverley Route throughout its full length.
We therefore couldn’t refuse when we were approached earlier in the year by Scottish Borders Council, who are managing the early “enabling” phase of the Edinburgh to Tweedbank reinstatement project. On offer was a whole bridge span, the original footbridge ETC/14A from Eskbank & Dalkeith station: all WRHA had to do was provide the craneage and transport.
The bridge was lifted out in a blaze of publicity (inc. ITV Borders television news) today, July 5th, and placed on a lorry for delivery to Whitrope in the morning. There it will be restored by our volunteer team for eventual reuse on the BUR, perhaps at Riccarton Junction one day?
WRHA is indebted to the Borders Railway Project team, Scottish Borders Council, Midlothian Council and Skene Group for their help and assistance in preserving this historical bridge. We also acknowledge the support of Matt Stoddon, WRHA Secretary and founder member, for sponsoring the move. Finally, thanks also to Roy Perkins for managing the press releases and publicity, and to our Chairman Ian Crooks for his starring role on the telly!
At over fifteen metres in length and almost four metres wide, 14A is a trussed steel lattice bridge, and formerly linked the two platforms in the cutting to the main station building at street level. Latterly the bridge has been fenced off on safety grounds and to prevent unauthorised access.
Footage from Borders TV news “Lookaround” on Thursday 5th July 2012.