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Whitrope Tunnel

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    THE WAVERLEY LINE; SANDY EDGE; THE BORDER UNION RAILWAY
  • Canmore ID
    86458
  • Site type
    RAILWAY TUNNEL, SPOIL HEAP(S)
  • Parish
    CASTLETON
  • Council
    ROXBURGHSHIRE
  • NGR
    NT 52451 01183
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.302437N, 2.750494W
  • Archeological 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
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1072133 (2/3/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on S end of tunnel and Whitrope Cottages, taken from the SW.
  • 1072132 (2/3/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on S end of tunnel and Whitrope Cottages, taken from the S.
  • 1072131 (2/3/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on N end of tunnel with spoil heaps, taken from the NW.
  • 1072130 (2/3/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on N end of tunnel, taken from the SW.
  • 1198849 (19/5/2010)
    View from S of tunnel mouth.
  • 1198848 (19/5/2010)
    View from S showing E retaining wall.
  • 1198847 (19/5/2010)
    View from SSE showing tunnel mouth and retaining walls at entrance.
  • 1198846 (19/5/2010)
    View from S of tunnel mouth, S entrance. Relaid railway track as part of Heritage Centre.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 86458 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Roxburghshire, Sheet XXXVIII1858