BEFORE it was ripped up in the 1960s, the Waverley Line that wound through the Borders between Edinburgh and Carlisle was famous for being one of the most romantic railways in the world.
But even though a train hasn’t travelled those rolling hills and green valleys for more than 40 years, the route has clearly lost none of its romance, as the story of one young couple proves
Daniel and Natasha Black, both 29, met seven years ago while working as summer interns at solicitors Brodies, delivering information on the Borders Rail project to communities along the route.
And now the couple have a new arrival of their own – daughter Odell-May Waverley Black, born on April 15.
Odell-May’s mum Natasha said: “You could say our relationship started on the A7, which isn’t exactly romantic.
“When we discovered we were due a baby last year, we came up with lots of different names. We then got to thinking about how we met and felt it was appropriate to include a reference to the railway. Waverley seemed a sensible choice and was also reflective of the old Borders route and our history together.
It’ll be brilliant to be able to experience the new railway as a family all these years laterNatasha Black
“As well as having a nice ring to it, her name also has real meaning. It’s a fun story and we look forward to telling her about its origins when she’s older too.”
Daniel, who is originally from Hawick, said: “We hit it off driving around the Borders countryside, delivering legal notices. We were looking for an interesting and different name, something with a bit of meaning and history, so Waverley was the natural choice.
“It’s an absolutely gorgeous place, and it was quite a romantic time – we’d spend our days going from place to place, through beautiful countryside, and stopping for lunch in places like Melrose and Kelso.
“I’ve actually walked along the old railway bed. It will be good to see what it looks like from a train.”
Little Odell-May Waverley will be one of the first passengers as the inaugural Borders Rail train pulls away from Waverley in September.
The couple, who live in Roseburn, have been given a set of “golden tickets” for the first journey by operator Network Rail. Mrs Black said: “The last time we took a journey down to the Borders, it was just the two of us on the A7, so it’ll be brilliant to be able to experience the new railway as a family all these years later.”
Craig Bowman from Network Rail said: “Congratulations to Natasha and Daniel. Their dedication to the project helped to give new life to the Waverley route and it’s great that they have celebrated that in the naming their daughter.”