Sandholm Viaduct

Sandholm Viaduct was located a short distance to the north of Newcastleton, and carried the Border Union Railway over the Hermitage Water.


Ex-LNER Class A2 4-6-2 No. 60528 TUDOR MINSTREL heads northwards over Sandholm Viaduct with the Manchester Exchange to Edinburgh Waverley leg of train 1X50, the Altrinchamian Railway Excursion Society Waverley Special on 23rd April, 1966. [Bob Anderson]

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Whitrope Tunnel

Whitrope Tunnel was 1,200 yds. in length and cut through Sandy Edge. The presence of a stream above the tunnel mouth led to instability and substantial retaining walls were provided on each side of the approach cutting. Since closure of the Waverley Route, a rock-fall has occurred at the tunnel entrance and fencing has been erected at the tunnel entrance to prevent entry.


The bleak south portal of Whitrope Tunnel seen after closure of the Waverley Route. [A. Muckley]

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Newcastleton

Opened: 1st March, 1862.
Closed: 6th January, 1969.

Newcastleton Station was the first station on the Border Union Railway to the north of the English/Scottish border. It was situated at the start of the northbound climb towards Whitrope, the gradient steepening to 1 in 75 one mile to the north of the station. The station had two platforms, a goods yard on the 'down' side, and sheds for permanent-way gangers and their equipment. At the south end of the station was a level crossing, adjacent to which was the signal box. The station has been demolished although the trackbed remains intact. A housing development now occupies the former goods yard, and the station master's house remains and is now in residential use.

On the night of the closure of the Waverley Route, a protest was held by local people who occupied the level crossing in an attempt to block the progress of the last train. The local minister was arrested and it was due to the intervention of one of the train's passengers, David Steel MP (who had opposed the closure of the line), that the minister was released without charge and the train allowed to proceed.


A BR Derby Lightweight 2-car DMU forming the 18.13 Carlisle to Hawick approaches Newcastleton station, 28th June, 1968.

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Hawick

Opened: 1st July, 1862.
Closed: 6th January, 1969.

Hawick Station had two through platforms and a bay platform at the north end. It was situated on a curve and the platforms extended onto a viaduct over the River Teviot and the centre of the town. Situated on the 'Down' side of the station were a locomotive shed, goods yard, and the remains of the original terminus station which was closed when the line was extended south to Newcastleton by the Border Union Railway. The Edinburgh & Hawick Railway continued north from here to Edinburgh. The station closed along with the route from Edinburgh to Carlisle on 6th January, 1969, and no trace now remains. The site is now occupied by Hawick Swimming Pool.


Ex-NBR Class K (LNER Class D34) 4-4-0 No. 62490 GLEN FINTAIG heads a train for Carlisle at Hawick Station in the mid-1950s. [N.E. Stead]

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Kershope Foot

Opened: 1st March, 1862.
Closed: 6th January, 1969.


On 10th September, 1968, BR Derby Type 2 (Class 24) No. D5072 is about to depart from Kershope Foot Station with the 07.06 Edinburgh Waverley to Carlisle train. [Andrew Muckley]

Longtown

Opened: 28th October, 1861.
Closed: 6th January, 1969.

At Longtown, the Border union Railway crossed the River Esk on a five-span steel girder viaduct. The line to the terminus at Gretna diverged here, but it was downgraded when Gretna Station closed to passenger traffic in 1915. The branch continued to serve an army depot at Gretna, but when Kingmoor Yard opened in 1963, it was coverted to an up goods line giving access to the north end of the yard, with a link provided via a new curve to the West Coast Main line at Mossband Junction.


With patches of lying snow by the lineside, ex-LNER Class V2 2-6-2 No. 60834 heads south near Longtown with a Hawick to Carlisle stopping train on 4th February, 1961. [R. Leslie]

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Brunthill


Ex-LNER Class D49/1 4-4-0 No. 62711 'Dumbartonshire' heads the 6.13pm Carlisle to Hawick train at Brunthill, near Longtown, on 14th April, 1961. No. 62711 was transferred to Hawick Shed from St. Margaret's on 23rd April, 1961, immediately prior to its withdrawal on 1st May of that year. [R. Leslie/P.J. Robinson Collection/ARPT]