Deliveries and Moves at Whitrope
Our new pointwork (see “December Progress”) was delivered to site on Friday 8th, along with another 5 copers for the platform and a load of baseplates and p.way “smalls” for our spring track programme. The HIAB lorry was then used to lift both the LMS wagon from its temporary panel, and the Ruston 48DS shunter from the running line, onto the Stock Siding, a task made doubly difficult by compacted snow and ice on the site. The Ruston is now released from captivity during the operating season and as soon as our new points are in place it’ll become the first locomotive to traverse Whitrope Summit and approach to within sight of the tunnel since the early 70s. On a more mundane but practical level, the railbus and RFO will now fit completely into the platform!!
We’ve now progressed from advanced/ enabling works to the real deal, with outbreaks of Waverley Route reinstatement popping up all over the place on the Millerhill to Tweedbank stretch. Earthworks are in full swing on the all-new formation around Millerhill/ Sheriffhall and on the replacement road links to Heriot and Fountainhall villages (to obviate the need for level crossings), a raft of supporting planning applications have been lodged with the local authorities, works are ongoing at the contractor’s compounds and another round of vegetation removal is underway. For more information, check out: http://www.bordersrailway.co.uk/news/advanced-work.aspx
With the (slightly) better weather and the longer daylight hours, our intrepid newshound and king of the Midlothian airways Geoff Ruderham is on the road again with the family box- brownie, and we present a selection of his progress photos here (Copyright Geoff Ruderham WRHA/CBR)