Posted by: wrha | January 4, 2019

Commemorating 50 years since closure – Part 2

Saturday 4th January 1969 was just another day of normal services over the Waverley Route, with a few railtours traversing the route as it was due to close less than 48 hours later. Freight services ran as normal, as did the through and local passenger trains.

D1974 took the Scottish Region Grand Tour No.6 railtour southbound over the line on its way to Newcastle, before heading back via Berwick. This was held up at Millerhill for around twenty minutes due to a bomb scare.

D9002 hauled a northbound railtour from Newcastle via Carlisle, that returned from Edinburgh via Berwick.

D5131 (0920 Carlisle to Edinburgh) and D5311 (1500 Edinburgh to Carlisle) carried the Border Railway Society’s “Farewell to the Waverley” headboard.

Locomotives to have worked over the line on that final Saturday included the following, and where these survive their TOPS numbers and current locations are in brackets:

Class 17
D8583
D8606

Class 24
D5071
D5131

Class 25
D7591

Class 26
D5311 (26011 – Nemesis Rail, Burton upon Trent)
D5317

Class 37
D6846 (37146 – Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar)
D6851 (37667 – Locomotive Services Ltd, Crewe)
D6857
D6903

Class 40
D260
D264
D367

Class 45
D43

Class 46
D160

Class 47
D1807
D1974

Class 55
D9002 Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (55002 – National Railway Museum, York)

 

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At 10.55 D160 stops at Hawick with the 09.30 Edinburgh to Carlisle whilst the protests continue on the platform watched closely by the local constabulary. A symbolic black coffin addressed to the transport minister, Richard Marsh, waits to be sent south by train. Photo courtesy and copyright Bruce McCartney

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Also at 10.55 D6851 idles its way north down the gradient at Shankend working the late running 08.30 Carlisle to Millerhill freight. This would pass D160 near Stobs just a few minutes later. Photo courtesy and copyright John Clark

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At 13.16 D5317 slows its train ready for stopping as it passes Longtown signal box and level crossing on the 13.00 Carlisle to Edinburgh. Photo courtesy and copyright M.G.Stoddon Collection

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It’s now around 13.30 and Deltic D9002 is seen paused at Riccarton Junction on the railtour from Newcastle. Photo courtesy and copyright Allan McKever

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D9002 heads up the gradient at Laidlehope Culvert towards Whitrope. Photo courtesy and copyright Allan McKever

 

 

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