Posted by: wrha | January 6, 2019

The Waverley Re-Union railtour

Saturday 5th of January marked 50 years since the closure of the Waverley Route and to commemorate the event a rail-tour ran from Birmingham to Tweedbank. The tour brought two class 50 locomotives onto the re-opened northern section of the Waverley Route. The first appearance of a class 50 on the re-opened line brought a class of locomotive that was associated with the northern sectioned of the West Coast Mainline in their early years. So a return to Scottish soil for a class that very much made it’s initial mark in Scotland.

The tour which arrived at Tweedbank about 1/2 an hour early had a stop over of just over an hour making for a very busy spell for the small retail outlet. The station was awash with enthusiast out to grab a shot of the locomotives at a new location for the class.

The tour then returned back up the line to Edinburgh before preceding on to Birmingham. A fitting way to mark notable day in Border history, which has been partly rectified. We will see if the 60th or 75th anniversary may be marked with a longer run along the Waverley Route?



  1. An alterative coach load of enthuiasts auctually followed the route of the Waverley line and arrived at Whitrope where they enjoy a good hour looking around and had coffee and a trip in the rail bus.
    Great comments all round !!!

  2. The loco 50006 was actually 50007 (D407) which traversed the Waverley Route in the sixties. 50006 was one of the first class 50s to be withdrawn in 1987 and is long scrapped.

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