This simulation attempts as accurately as possible to depict this line as it was in 1952, four years into Nationalisation. It was opened by the North British Railway in 1849 as far as Hawick, and extended to Carlisle in 1862. It became part of the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923, and British Railways in 1948.
The line was called the 'Waverley Route' because it runs through the countryside immortalised by Sir Walter Scott and his 'Waverley' novels.
Apart from a small power resignalling scheme installed at Galashiels in
1936, and a few other minor changes made to reflect changing traffic
requirements, the line and its branches remained in essence a
nineteenth century railway up to its final closure in January 1969.
Waverley Route Map (50k)
This is a map of the Waverley Route done by me in the style of the time. There's also my BAHN simulation, a JPEG version, and a newer PDF version.
Carlisle (England) to Edinburgh (Scotland) via Galashiels, and Branches.
As with my GSE1 simulation, I have tried to capture the atmosphere of the line in this layout. It's a very different railway - no regular interval passenger services, lots of freight, and an interesting network of lines.
Route Mileages of simulation (from Working Time Table):
Edinburgh - Carlisle 98 miles 330 yards Hardengreen Jn. - Peebles - Kilnknowe Jn. 36 miles 506 yards Peebles East - Peebles West 0 miles 1386 yards Fountainhall - Lauder 10 miles 726 yards Selkirk Jn. - Selkirk 6 miles 264 yards Kelso Jn. - Carham 16 miles 264 yards Roxburgh Jn. - Jedburgh 7 miles 176 yards Riccarton Jn. - Kielder Forest 8 miles 440 yards Riddings Jn. - Langholm 7 miles 176 yards Longtown Jn. - Gretna NB 3 miles 374 yards TOTAL ROUTE MILEAGE 193 miles 1122 yards APPROXIMATE TRACK MILEAGE 350 miles
The train service is fairly prototypical, and I've managed to squeeze in all of the 1952 WTT trains, and the sample I've checked run reasonably well to time. I've also had to put a few extra, balancing services. There just aren't enough spare hours to get things absolutely right.
Because of the size of the simulation, most of the station layouts are simplified.
Once again I have also had to resort to a number of dodges to make the simulation work, which include:
I've put together some hints and tips for BAHN320 and BAHN which explain some of the techniques used.
In addition, I have added 'dummy' services on the West Coast Main Line from Carlisle to Gretna Jn. and between Edinburgh Waverley West and Haymarket tunnels. This latter section was deliberately put in for the benefit of US users, who, if they have visited Edinburgh, have almost certainly seen the real life line at the bottom of Princes Street Gardens.
Goods Trains Freight trains Points Switches Shunting Switching
BAHN340 Network © 1995/6 Iain W. Logan
Special thanks to Bruce McCartney.
Here's a picture taken by Bruce McCartney in 1963 - of 'Flying Scotsman' leaving Hawick for the South on an enthusiast's special. (A 'Crankex' in the trade!) Photo/Scan © 1963/96 R.B. McCartney. Used with permission.
Bill Ewart has produced four fine paintings of Waverley Route trains.
Download my updated simulation of The Waverley Route in 1952 for BAHN 383.
Have a look at A very different kind of 'Waverley' (88k)
If you would like to see the other networks I've done, please visit my Networks Page.
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