Marquis of Lothian's waggonway
This line is closed. The line was replaced by the "Waverley route" from Edinburgh to Carlisle via
Galashiels, the alignment of which runs parallel and to the west of the waggonway between Newbattle and Arniston.
This line was built specifically to connect
coal mines at Arniston Engine to the south end of the Edinburgh
and Dalkeith Railway. A large viaduct was required at Newbattle. A town
grew up at Newtongrange where there were further mines, notably just to the
south of the town the Lady Victoria Pit which is now the Scottish Mining Museum
(it was located to the east of the line and linked to Easthouses Colliery by
a cable-operated railway. Slightly further north and closer to Newtongrange
was NCB Buttlerfield, on the west side of the line and now partly built over
with houses. Today there is no mining in the area.
The extent of the line may not be
exactly as shown here - indeed the original Newbattle Viaduct was further east.
Description of route
From Lothian Bridge, South Esk, to Arniston
Lothian Bridge / Newbattle Viaduct
The Marquis of Lothian's Waggonway started
at South Esk (where the line made an end-on junction with the Edinburgh
and Dalkeith Railway) and immediately had to cross a bridge. The bridge
as later re-constructed is shown in this photograph. The view is from the East
side of the Bridge, looking south towards Gorebridge. The bridge is variously
known as Lothian Bridge or Newbattle Viaduct. The original bridge was located
slightly further east.
This station consisted of two platform on either
side of the track. The station has been demolished; the course of the track
can be seen in this photograph. The view looks North from a road-bridge towards
Lady Victoria Pit
This coal mine included extensive sidings.
The top photograph shows the trackbed looking North towards Edinburgh (colliery
in distance top right) and the second photograph shows the view in the reverse
direction. A small timber signalbox once stood at the junction with the pit
sidings and to the west of the running lines. This was located by the tree shown
in the top photograph on the left of the picture.
Near Arniston Engine the line turned to head
east. The view here shows the trackbed, the view looking East towards Gorebridge.
The line was continued south to Hawick (by the Edinburgh
and Hawick Railway) and later to Carlisle and Hexham.
Page created on 11/03/1997
Page last edited on: 24/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford