Waverley reopens nto Tweedbank

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Waverley reopens nto Tweedbank

Post by 52D » Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:05 am

Over the weekend the Waverley route has slowly awakened with the first service trains running today (Sunday) I do have an awful lot of material sent to me but its all private so when one of the main TV companies do a piece I will drop in a link.
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Re: Waverley reopens nto Tweedbank

Post by 52D » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:58 pm

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52D wrote:Over the weekend the Waverley route has slowly awakened with the first service trains running today (Sunday) I do have an awful lot of material sent to me but its all private so when one of the main TV companies do a piece I will drop in a link.
Class 158 unit at Watherston near Stow heading for Tweedbank. (Pic by Ronald Richardson courtesy of FB Railways of Berwick and the Eastern Borders).
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Re: Waverley reopens nto Tweedbank

Post by jwealleans » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:47 am

Isn't HMQ opening one of the stations on Wednesday?

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Post by 52D » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:29 pm

Yes JW that's the official opening but Commuter trains started today.
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Re: Waverley reopens nto Tweedbank

Post by Solario » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:05 am

There is an interesting item on the BBC news website including an interview with John Cameron.

I wondered what the back up might be - it is answered in the video clip.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-s ... d-34177585

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Re: Waverley reopens nto Tweedbank

Post by StevieG » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:33 am

Extensive live coverage on BBC News channel until just now of HM The Queen's road arrival at Waverley to travel on, and the departure of, the line's official opening steam special behind 60009, which left at approx. 11:16.

In the last couple of minutes prior to departure, footage of the loco emitting steam while stationary at the head of the train awaiting the 'right-away' was narrated as the engine - '.... revving up getting into position to pull the train'.

Earlier there was evidence that 'it' is now official! (? :D ) : - a senior BBC news presenter at Buckingham Palace handed over to his colleague who was awaiting the Queen's arrival - ".... at the train station in Edinburgh".
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Post by 60041 » Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:21 pm

The BBC are reporting tonight that almost 126,000 passengers have been carried in the first month of operation: even allowing for a large number of people trying it out because it is a novelty, it still means that annual figures could be approaching a million.
The business case for the line was based on a possible 650,000 passengers per year, so things look promising.
Could be a bit of a poke in the eye for those councillors and local know it alls who predicted that it would be a failure.
The calls for a southern extension to Hawick are getting louder and I have heard that a feasibility study was carried out into the possibility of running along the old Tweed Valley line to Kelso.

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Post by 52D » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:59 pm

The Kelso/Roxburgh/Jedburgh options were in the original study it would be interesting to see these stations back on the map. The trouble is lack of centres of population to the east of the route. If RAGES get there way with a reopened Reston another possibility for Scotrail to think about would be a Lothians and Border Circle using the old Berwickshire railway as a joint between the Waverley and the ECML with stations initially at Greenlaw, Duns and Chirnside linking to a reopened Reston, Ayton, Drem and East Linton plus using the existing Dunbar.
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Post by StoneRoad » Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:27 pm

Used the Border Railway from Tweedbank as ParknRide into Edinburgh (& return) at the end of November.
Impressed ! Hope that the extension happens, as it definitely well used.
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Re: Waverley reopens nto Tweedbank

Post by 52D » Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:11 pm

Stoneroad, that's same way we sampled the route. We were also impressed but reading quite a lot of reports it seems facilities need upgrading at Tweedbank. The main concern being lack of toilets and shelter plus the age old complaint of nowhere to get a cuppa.
There are places nearby but not really within easy walking especially if you are less able bodied.
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Post by PinzaC55 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:58 pm

Not sure whether it is OK to revive this thread but apparently the Borders Line has impacted the parallel bus service so badly that First Group is to sell its services. Touch of the Titfield Thunderbolt :shock:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-s ... d-39204467

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Post by Nova » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:12 pm

PinzaC55 wrote:Not sure whether it is OK to revive this thread but apparently the Borders Line has impacted the parallel bus service so badly that First Group is to sell its services. Touch of the Titfield Thunderbolt :shock:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-s ... d-39204467
can't help but find that a little bit humorous, a train line that was said would never make much money has been so successful it's outdoing the local busses

another nail in the coffin for Beeching's "modernisation" plan :roll: :lol:
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Post by PinzaC55 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:44 pm

It also makes you wonder, quite apart from what would happen if the closed lines through populous areas were reopened, what if they had never been closed in the first place ?
All reopened lines have vastly exceeded the projected figures and in the case of just one Waverley Line station (Stow) it is carrying 5 times as many people as the feasibility study projected.

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Re: Waverley reopens nto Tweedbank

Post by manna » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:32 pm

G'day Gents

I think it could be a case of, the Councils hate to provide car parking spaces in the city, Buses are notoriously slow, but now we have a situation, were people can jump on the train 'pop' into town, do want they need to do, all in one day.

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