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Bowshank Tunnel

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    THE WAVERLEY LINE; EDINBURGH TO HAWICK BRANCH RAILWAY
  • Canmore ID
    283845
  • Site type
    RAILWAY TUNNEL
  • Parish
    STOW
  • Council
    MIDLOTHIAN
  • NGR
    NT 45339 41262
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.661783N, 2.870406W
  • Archeological notes
    NT44SE 28.04 from 45276 41338 to 45381 41171 Railway Tunnel about 195m in length under 600m high promontory of land with Bowshank farmsteading on top. The Tunnel has a stone-faced portal at the N end only and is mainly brick lined. The N portal is in random rubble whilst the S entrance is of imitation rustication in shuttered concrete. There is evidence of repairs to the stone and brickwork at the N end, on the W side the strone quoins have been replaced with brick and the S portal has a secondary entrance in concrete providing evidence of major repair work or strengthening. The tunnel is numbered No.75. There are several linesman's alcoves near the S entrance. Photographed in 2007 as part of a survey of Waverley Line remains in advance of proposed rebuilding of the railway and to enhance and augment the existing holdings of the National Monuments Record Scotland. Information from RCAHMS (DE), April 2007
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1070512 (24/5/2007)
    Detail. N entrance of tunnel showing arch and abutments from NW.
  • 1070511 (24/5/2007)
    Detail. Showing tunnel painted number.
  • 1070509 (24/5/2007)
    View. From SE from railway bridge over Gala Water looking to farm access footbridge and S entrance to tunnel.
  • 1070508 (24/5/2007)
    View. From SE from railway bridge over Gala Water looking to farm access footbridge and S entrance to tunnel.
  • 1070507 (24/5/2007)
    View. From SSE showing S entrance to tunnel and farm access footbridge.
  • 1070505 (24/5/2007)
    Detail. From SSE showing S end of tunnel and rebuilt tunnel mouth. Land Rover from Soil Investigation team part of Waverley Line rebuilding Project.
  • 1070504 (24/5/2007)
    Detail. S entrance rebuilt arch and abutments from SE.
  • 1070503 (24/5/2007)
    Interior. Of tunnel from S entrance.
  • 1070492 (24/5/2007)
    Interior. From SE of tunnel.
  • 1070491 (24/5/2007)
    View. From NW looking from inside tunnel to farm access footbridge. Land Rover from Soil Test team part of Waverley Line rebuilding Project.
  • 1070490 (24/5/2007)
    Interior. From inside tunnel looking SE to farm access footbridge, from NW.
  • 1424072 (2/5/2014)
    Oblique aerial view of the construction of the Bow section of the Hawick to Edinburgh Branch Line and Bowshank Tunnel, looking SW.
  • 1069865 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on S end of Bowshank Tunnel, foootbridge and bridge over the Gala Water, taken from the SE.
  • 1069864 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on S end of Bowshank Tunnel, foootbridge and bridge over the Gala Water, taken from the S.
  • 1069863 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on S end of Bowshank Tunnel, foootbridge and bridge over the Gala Water, taken from the SSE.
  • 1069862 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on S end of Bowshank Tunnel, foootbridge and bridge over the Gala Water, taken from the SE.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 947710 (14/5/1992)
    Vertical aerial view showing the course of The Waverley Line including Bowshank Tunnel and bridges.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Edinburghshire, Sheet 251853
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Selkirkshire, Sheet III1858
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Roxburghshire, Sheet III1859

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Roxburgh, Sheet 003.011859