Although the temperature may have felt more akin to Christmas, the Easter holiday saw the Border Union Railway open for the new season. Public passenger services are once more running over our short running line using experimental railbus RB004, initially on Sundays only (regular trips between 10:00 and 16:00) as we seek to train and pass-out more of our volunteers for traincrew duties. Easter Monday saw our first “party booking”, with a group of members from the Cardiff & Avonside Railway Society dropping by for a visit to the heritage centre and a train ride on the re-born Waverley Route.
A trip along the A7 between Gorebridge and Galashiels now reveals a plethora of numbered green signs proclaiming the establishment of access points onto the Waverley Route solum for use by the contractor. The other more recent sign of progress has been the removal of old ballast from many of the bridges, particularly the numerous examples crossing the Gala Water. Some of the original timber decks still appear to be in reasonably good condition, although the need for structural steelwork repairs, painting etc. will no doubt mean that they’ll all have to to be removed in due course. For those wishing to witness or record the construction activities at first hand, please remember that the solum itself is now a construction site, with all the attendant hazards and risks that go with it, so please keep to “public” vantage points and take heed of all signs and notices posted for your safety.