A LOCOMOTIVE has returned to the Waverley Line for the first time in over 40 years.
And while Scottish Ministers, councillors and officials dither over the re-opening of the Waverley route from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, the 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic takes pride of place – 12 miles south of Hawick.
It has been purchased by the Waverley Route Heritage Association, who have re-laid 800m of track at the Whitrope Heritage Centre since work began back in September 2002.
WRHA spokesman Geoff Ruderham told the Hawick News: "This is a huge step forward and goes a long way to fulfilling our ambitions to run a railway again in the not-too-distant future, even if it is just a short distance.
"We owe everything to the efforts of the workforce involved."
The locomotive was built by John Fowler & Co. of Leeds in 1962, and carries works number 4240015. It formerly worked at Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station prior to finding its way into preservation at the Rutland Railway Museum at Cottesmore near Oakham.
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