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Esk Valley Railway

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Act 1863
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Opened 15 April 1867
Closed Yes
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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.

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Description of route 

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From Esk Valley Junction to Polton. 

Esk Valley Junction

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The line starts from this north facing junction with the Peebles Railway.

Broomieknowe

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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.

Lasswade

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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.

Polton

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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