Symington, Biggar and Broughton
This line is closed. The Caledonian
Railway ran the "Tinto Express" by this line from Peebles
to Edinburgh to compete with the North
British Railway's "Peebles-shire Express" which ran via
the route was longer the Caledonian was keen to promote the quality of
the service. Certainly for travelers to Glasgow this line was much better
than the North British route.
||5 November 1860
4 April 1966
This line carried much traffic associated with the beef industry.
Description of route
From Symington to Peebles. The line was originally
built to Broughton and was later extended, by the Caledonian Railway, to Peebles.
Please refer to the entry for the Caledonian
Railway for this station and junction.
This was the starting point of the line. Facilities consisted of a single platform
face on an island platform. This station is now closed.
This view shows the station as viewed from
the closed level crossing to the West of the station. Behind the camera is the
remains of a large viaduct which carried the line on towards Symington. The
station building is now a house.
This station was recently advertised for sale
along with the trackbed leading towards Broughton. The site was used by the
local council as a roads depot until recently.
The station still has its signalbox which can
be seen in the middle of the photograph. Some of the station has a house built
on it (the grass and greenhouse in the foreground belong to this house).
The photograph shows the trackbed to the East
of the station. The station site has been cleared. This was the terminus of
the line until it was extended East to Peebles. During the period when this
was the terminus there was a locomotive shed here. This was removed when the
line was extended. The station was re-built to have three platforms. One of
the two main platforms was an island platform..
Railway branched off the main line here (behind camera), running to the
Talla reservoir in connection with its construction.
These views show the closed station from further
East, and the goods shed which is by the main road.
This station is now a house. The track and
platform were immediately beyond the trees in the photograph.
This beautiful viaduct is to the west of the
The site of this station has been completely
changed. The station was a terminus for the Caledonian
Railway, but the North
British Railway, at its own expense built the "Caledonian Branch"
which connected the South end of the North British station (see the Peebles
Railway) to the East end of the Caledonian station.
On the approach to Peebles the line from Symington
had to pass through a tunnel, shortly after a viaduct. Both are castellated
to please the local land owners. The station had a locomotive shed on the North
side of the tracks at the West end of the station, the station itself having
an overall roof with stone gable-ends. The top photograph looks West towards
the site of the station, and the bottom photograph looks East along the course
of the North British's line to their station. This line crossed over the Tweed
in the distant part of the photograph.
Page created in 1996
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford