Whitrope Tunnel

Location type


Name and dates

Whitrope Tunnel (1862-1969)

Where: Scottish Borders, Scotland
Opened on the Border Union Railway (North British Railway).


This is a disused twin track tunnel, 1208 yards long. It is the 6th longest railway tunnel in Scotland. It is located between the former Shankend and Riccarton Junction stations on the closed Waverley Route.

The tunnel passes below Sandy Edge where there is a natural spring. It has suffered rockfalls since closure, something it suffered from in its operation history, partly due to the burn above the tunnel. As a result, the tunnel is now gated at both ends. The owner is currently the Forestry Commission.

Above the tunnel, particularly at the northern end, can be found former tram line routes and spoil heaps from the construction period.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Chronology Dates

  /02/2003Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Portals of the Whitrope Tunnel fitted with locked gates by the Forestry Commission.

News items

10/03/2002Rockfall in Whitrope Tunnel


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