Tuesday 6th November saw the ceremonial signing of the transfer agreement (project hand over) between Transport Scotland and Network Rail, who will now go on to deliver the reinstatement project between Newcraighall and Tweedbank. The ceremony took place at the Scottish Mining Museum at Newtongrange (Lady Victoria pit as was), with Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP doing the honours.
Network Rail have confirmed that platform lengths may be reviewed again to permit railtours and excursion trains to access the new route when complete. A descent of Falahill behind an A1 pacific anyone? They’ll be queuing up for that one we reckon…
Sunday 25th November sees the closure of Millerhill signalbox, the last ‘box from the Waverley’s first incarnation (the Millerhill area was resignalled in the early 60’s in conjunction with the commissioning of the new marshalling yard). Control of the area passes to Workstation 2 at Edinburgh IECC from that date.
Still on the subject of signalling, plans for a full mechanical installation are currently being drawn up for Whitrope pending an expected donation of equipment from another re-signalling scheme elsewhere in Scotland: more news and details to follow shortly. Suffice to say that if everything goes to plan, there will be a mini-forest of semaphore posts sprouting up in the next 12 months!
Video of the signing ceremony can be viewed here: