Esk Valley Railway
This line is closed.
This line runs from Bonyrigg to Polton along
the valley of the River Esk which is crosses first on a large viaduct near Lasswade
and secondly on a lower one further south. The line served a number of papermills
including one at Polton.
Description of route
From Esk Valley Junction to Polton.
Esk Valley Junction
The line starts from this north facing junction
with the Peebles Railway.
The site of the station has been landscaped.
The station was in the west of Bonnyrigg which was already serviced by a station
on the Peebles Railway.
This was a single platform station with a small
station building. Little remains of this station which was located at the north
end of the nearby viaduct which still stands. Between here and Broomieknowe
the line ran in a tunnel the southern portal of which is to the north of the
station site. Today the site of the station is occupied with houses and access
onto the viaduct is not possible.
The site of Polton station is now ahousing
estate although alongside the riverbank sleepers can be found on what must be
the track which formerly led to the mills to the south. Some track remains in
the area of these mills (embedded in concrete). The station had a fine North
British Railway building and a long single platform and generous goods yard.
Page created on 11/03/1997
Page last edited on 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford