Heritage Association on track for more success

THE Waverley Route Heritage Association is hoping to build on the success of its recent open weekend with a special event to mark the 40th anniversary of the closure of the line.

Hundreds of visitors descended on Whitrope Rail Heritage Centre, on the former Waverley railway route between Hawick and Newcastleton, to see the most recent restoration work carried out by enthusiasts and volunteers.

Having already rebuilt more than 750 metres of track and created a specially built halt platform, the open weekend attracted a record number of people – but the Waverley Route Heritage Association (WRHA) is already planning even more expansion progress ahead of next year's milestone anniversary.

WRHA spokesperson Geoff Ruderham said: "The 12-mile trip from Hawick was worth it for the visitors as the weekend was a raging success. We've now laid an extra four panels of track, which brings the amount to some one third of a mile, and to mark the auspicious occasion of 40 years since the Waverley Line closed, we want to lay as much track as we can and possibly have some sort of traction so we can actually put a locomotive on it."

He added: "With already having such a great response, we hope to mark the anniversary next year with several events and make a lot more people aware of what we're doing."