Whitrope Siding was a trailing short siding or spur off the "up" (southbound) line, an associated trailing cross-over between up and down lines, a pair of railway cottages and a signal box on the Waverley Line or Waverley Route. It was used as a goods loading bay. The site is now the home of the Whitrope Heritage Centre, as well as the current terminus of the heritage Border Union Railway.
It is just south of the highest point on the line, the famous Whitrope Summit, 1006 ft above sea level. It is approximately 300 metres south from Whitrope Tunnel, and 4km from Hermitage, Scottish Borders.
Whitrope Heritage Centre
Waverley Route Heritage Association maintains a small museum of old Waverley Route related artefacts and photographs within a static carriage (Mk2 BSO 9400) together with an adjoining buffet carriage (69316 from a 4BIG EMU).
As of 2013 there is now a platform on the "down" side with over 800 m (870 yd) of track laid from the tunnel over the summit southward to Bridge 200. There is also a plan to rebuild a replica of the old Whitrope Signal Box, as well as to extend the running line southwards to the former site of Riccarton Junction. In 2005 a survey was carried out on Whitrope Tunnel to determine if a northern extension through it to Shankend would be possible.
As well as the two static carriages mentioned above, there are also two locomotives on site; the WRHA's own shunter 0-6-0 DM JF 4240015 of 1962 which arrived on 9 December 2009, and 4w DM Ruston - a 48DS on loan from Rocks by Rail and arrived on 14 June 2011.
On 16 April 2012 another item of rolling stock arrived; Mk2f RFO 1215 on loan from Northumbria Rail Ltd..
It is planned for this to be joined by Mk2f BSO 9538 (also from Northumbria Rail Ltd) and these carriage are intended to form a short rake for passenger trains later in the year.
On 31 May 2012 BRE / Leyland railbus RB004 on loan from Northumbria Rail Ltd, was unloaded at the site having been moved up by road from the Midland Railway: Butterley in Derbyshire by Reid Freight the day before.
|Preceding station||Proposed Heritage railways||Following station|
|Terminus||Border Union Railway||Riccarton Junction|
- Waverley Route Heritage Association - official site
- RCAHMS record for Whitrope Tunnel
- RCAHMS record for Whitrope Culvert, Access Footbridge
- RCAHMS record of Whitrope Cottages, Railway Linesmans Cottage
- RCAHMS record for Whitrope Summit Sidings and Signal Box
- Images of tunnels
- Navvyman: Chapter 12 - The Making of Hawick
- GEOGRAPH image: Whitrope Siding
- Gazetteer for Scotland: Whitrope Tunnel