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Chronology for North British Railway

7/7/1844North British RailwayAct receives Royal assent. Alternative date 4/7/1844.
//1845Marquis of Lothians Waggonway
North British Railway
Waggonway purchased by the North British Railway.
//1845Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Act receives Royal assent.
//1845Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (as yet unbuilt) absorbed by North British Railway.
21/7/1845Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
North British Railway
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway merged with the North British Railway.
16/06/1846North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)Act passed
18/6/1846North British RailwayOpened from Edinburgh North Bridge to Berwick and the branch from Longniddry to Haddington.
//1847Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Musselburgh Branch opened and Fisherrow closed to passengers.
14/07/1847Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction, Cairney to Millerhill, re-alignment at Sheriffhall and Dalhousie to Gorebridge opened.
//1848North British RailwayTrinity College Church, Edinburgh, pulled down to make room for North Bridge station.
01/05/1848Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Line extended from Gorebridge to Bowland.
20/04/1849Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Line opened from Bowland to Hawick.
13/08/1849North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)Opened from Drem Junction to Williamston
17/06/1850North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)Line opened completely to North Berwick
27/1/1851Kelso Branch (North British Railway)Wallace Nick station, by Kelso, closed.
/10/1852Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Newstead station closed
//1859Selkirk and Galashiels Railway
North British Railway
Selkirk and Galashiels Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1860Border Counties RailwayNorth British RailwayBorder Counties Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1860Jedburgh Railway
North British Railway
Jedburgh Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
29/07/1862West of Fife Mineral RailwayNorth British RailwayWest of Fife Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
1/6/1862North British RailwayHawick Junction (at Portobello) becomes Portobello East Junction.
3/6/1862Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)Monktonhall to Hardengreen authorised with branch to Macmerry.
1/7/1862Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Hawick 1st closed to passengers on opening of the Border Union Railway (North British Railway).
29/7/1862Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee RailwayNorth British RailwayEdinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
//1863North British RailwayBuy Charlestown Harbour and extend it east.
//1863Wansbeck Railway
North British Railway
Wansbeck Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
1/8/1865Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
North British Railway
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1866Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton RailwayNorth British RailwayLeadburn, Linton and Dolphinton Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1870Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Fountainhall station masters house built.
19/3/1870Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)Line opened from Monktonhall to Macmerry.
31/7/1870Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)Connection from Hardengreen Junction (Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway) to Smeaton (Macmerry Branch) opened.
//1871Esk Valley Railway
North British Railway
Esk Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)Under construction. Contractor: John Waddell.
26/10/1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Whifflet to College passenger service starts.
1/2/1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)College station opened on a site previously occupied by the University of Glasgow.
1/2/1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)Opened.
17/7/1871Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Auction Mart started by John Swan & Sons by the St Boswells station
//1872Leslie Railway
North British Railway
Leslie Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1872Northumberland Central RailwayNorth British RailwayNorthumberland Central Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
1/5/1872Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)Smeaton, Ormiston, Winton and Macmerry stations opened.
//1873Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
North British Railway
Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1873Broxburn Railway
North British Railway
Broxburn Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1875Devon Valley Railway
North British Railway
Devon Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1876Peebles RailwayNorth British RailwayPeebles Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1876Berwickshire Railway
North British Railway
Berwickshire Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
//1876Penicuik Railway
North British Railway
Penicuik Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
1/8/1877Leven and East of Fife Railway
North British Railway
Leven and East of Fife Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
1/8/1877St Andrews Railway
North British Railway
St Andrews Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
1/6/1878Tay Bridge and associated lines (North British Railway)Public opening of bridge and line between Camperdown Junction, Dundee (Tay Bridge) station and Leuchars. The Tay Bridge was single track and the other part of the line double. The bridge had signalboxes at either end. The engineer for the line was Thomas Bouch, knighted after Queen Victoria traveled over the bridge.
//1879Glasgow Bothwell Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
North British Railway
Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway absorbed by North British Railway (Alternative date 1879).
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