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Charlie Endell

Riccarton Junction

I've wanted to visit here for some time - being a pleasant day yesterday I took a jaunt down -

The southbound platform (hope I've got this right!) -



Self-explanatory (not the original obviously) -



The former station master's house (apparently the grandest house in the village at one time) -



The generator building -



Mileage sign just south of the junction -



This marks the site of an overbridge (only the abutments remain) south of the juction -



Stopped off at the Waverley Heritage Museum at Whitrope Siding - unfortunately, it was after 5pm by this time, so it was closed. A return visit is on the cards to the visit the museum and explore the Shankend Viaduct (only stopped to view it from the road).
Doog Doog

Nice set,Charlie.
Hawick_1987

One of my specialist subjects is the Waverley Route, being a Teri (tee-ree 'a person born in or originating from Hawick') and an enthusiast. The Waverley Route Heritage Association are based near to Riccarton Junction and have reopened a small portion of track at Whitrope Tunnel. My great grandfather helped to build the North British Railway section of the junction and my parents often used the line to travel to Carlisle. I'm a complete advocate for the return of the full route, although I'm still pleased that it will be coming as far south as Tweedbank by 2014.

Also worth a visit is Hassendean Station, converted to a house but complete with original platforms, footbridge and coal sheds. It's stuck in a time warp after the owner saved the place from demolition!

A great set of photos Charlie from an enchanting place!
Charlie Endell

Sorry for the quality of the photos (iPhone) - still haven't got round to buying a camera!

I'm a Waverley neophyte but it's certainly caught my interest. I parked the car on Steele Road (didn't fancy taking it up the forestry track) and approached Riccarton from the south. Although it's about a two-and-a-quarter / two-and-a-half mile walk it certainly didn't seem like it - I was surprised to see a couple of buildings on the hillside ahead and it was only when the trackbed opened out into the junction that I realized it was Riccarton (I thought I'd still some way to go).

Thanks for the tip-off on Hassendean - definitely added to my itinerary for a return trip (along with Shankend and Whitrope Tunnel - it's a pity the entrance is now fenced off).

I see the membership period for the Waverley Route Heritage Association runs 1 August to 1 August - well worthy of the 20 membership fee.

It was a disgraceful decision to leave such a large swath of the country inaccessible by rail. Although not on the Waverley route someone recently asked me what train he should get to travel to Kelso - had to advise him a time machine would be needed! I went to Kelso earlier this year and had to get a taxi from Berwick (fortunately there were four of us - appreciate you can get a bus from Edinburgh but you'd need the patience of a saint to travel on that).

Edit: Just discovered from their website that the mileage sign was put there by the WRHA - naively thought it was an original...
casey

Charlie Endell wrote:
Sorry for the quality of the photos (iPhone) - still haven't got round to buying a camera!

I'm a Waverley neophyte but it's certainly caught my interest. I parked the car on Steele Road (didn't fancy taking it up the forestry track) and approached Riccarton from the south. Although it's about a two-and-a-quarter / two-and-a-half mile walk it certainly didn't seem like it - I was surprised to see a couple of buildings on the hillside ahead and it was only when the trackbed opened out into the junction that I realized it was Riccarton (I thought I'd still some way to go).

Thanks for the tip-off on Hassendean - definitely added to my itinerary for a return trip (along with Shankend and Whitrope Tunnel - it's a pity the entrance is now fenced off).

I see the membership period for the Waverley Route Heritage Association runs 1 August to 1 August - well worthy of the 20 membership fee.

It was a disgraceful decision to leave such a large swath of the country inaccessible by rail. Although not on the Waverley route someone recently asked me what train he should get to travel to Kelso - had to advise him a time machine would be needed! I went to Kelso earlier this year and had to get a taxi from Berwick (fortunately there were four of us - appreciate you can get a bus from Edinburgh but you'd need the patience of a saint to travel on that).

Edit: Just discovered from their website that the mileage sign was put there by the WRHA - naively thought it was an original...


Charlie, Whitrope Tunnel is accessible if you are agile and a little bit fit. I accessed it earlier this year. But be careful, very careful, at the entrance to the tunnel part of the roof has fallen in and looks very unstable. My advise is to go to the tunnel mouth and take pics from the outside.   by the way
Charlie Endell

Cheers Casey - I'll not risk entering the tunnel - just have a gander from the entrance.

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