Border Union Railway


Closed until 2019 season

The Border Union Railway is the operational section of demonstration track on the old Waverley Route which heads both north & south from Whitrope Heritage Centre. With the first section of track laid in 2005 it became the UK’s newest operational heritage railway with first trains running on the 150th anniversary of the original opening of the Waverley Route, on 1st July 2012. It was opened by Madge Elliot of Hawick, stalwart campaigner for both retention and eventual reinstatement of the Waverley Route, and local MSP John Lamont.

Trains services run on Sundays during our open season, with the first train at 10.30am then every forty minutes thereafter.

All trains are operated by the WRHA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, the Border Union Railway Company.

The new platform at Whitrope.

Shortly after 2pm on 1st July 2012, veteran Waverley Route campaigner Madge Elliot cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Border Union Railway, watched by John Lamont MSP (right)

The times stated in the Border Union Railway Company’s timetables, bills, books & notices are appointed as those at which it is intended, so far as circumstances will permit, that the trains shall depart but the times stated are not guaranteed, nor will BURC under any circumstances be held responsible for delay or detention, however occasioned, or any consequences arising therefrom. The right to alter or suspend the running of any train is reserved.