Whitrope Tunnel

Railway Tunnel, Spoil Heap(s)

Site Name Whitrope Tunnel

Classification Railway Tunnel, Spoil Heap(s)

Alternative Name(s) The Waverley Line; Sandy Edge; The Border Union Railway

Canmore ID 86458

Site Number NT50SW 11.1

NGR NT 52451 01183

NGR Description NT 52664 00673 to NT 52230 01702

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Castleton
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Roxburgh
  • Former County Roxburghshire

Archaeology Notes

NT50SW 11.01 52664 00673 to 52230 01702

Whitrope Tunnel [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1985.

This tunnel formerly carried the Edinburgh-Carlisle major line of the North British Rly (the 'Waverley Route') beneath Sandy Edge. The summit of the line is adjacent to the S entrance to the tunnel.

The tunnel crosses the boundary between the parishes of Cavers (to the N) and Castleton (to the S).

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 7 February 2006.

Whitrope tunnel is situated under Sandy Edge. The tunnel is about 1104m long, the N portal in stone is entered through a stone lined cutting (Cavers ph) and the S portal is of random rubble with a stone arch (Castleton ph), the entrance is through a cutting, revetted by steep stone retaining walls. Surface and burn water was drained through drains into a pipe under the trackbed.

Five spoil heaps from the excavations survive on the surface, at NT 52604 00770, NT 52537 00948, NT 52437 01170, c. NT 5225 0162 and c.NT 5232 0147.

The tunnel is now closed to the public due to the dangerous condition of the S end.

Visited by RCAHMS (DE, AL), 19 May 2010

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