Berwickshire Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. It ran between Duns near the east coast and St Boswells in the Scottish Borders. The line extended the Dunse Branch (North British Railway) and completed a chain from the 'Waverley Route' to the East Coast Main Line. Today the nearest stations are at Berwick and Dunbar.






Dates

01/08/1849[Berwickshire Railway]
Line opened as double track, Duns to Reston.
  /  /1859[Berwickshire Railway]
Line singled.
  /  /1862[Berwickshire Railway]
Act receives Royal assent for an extension from Duns to St Boswells.
  /  /1863[Berwickshire Railway]
Line opened through to Ravenswood Junction by St Boswells.
  /  /1876[Berwickshire Railway]
[North British Railway]
Berwickshire Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
13/08/1948[Berwickshire Railway]
St Boswells (Ravenswood Junction) to Duns closed to passengers (due to flood damage between Duns and Greenlaw).
13/08/1948[Berwickshire Railway]
Greenlaw to Duns closed to all traffic (flood damage).
10/09/1951[Berwickshire Railway]
Closed to passengers from Duns to Reston.
10/09/1951[Berwickshire Railway]
Duns to Reston closed to passengers.
  /  /1953[Berwickshire Railway]
Track at Marchmont lifted.
  /04/1959[Berwickshire Railway]
Scott Country tour visits Greenlaw.
  /04/1963[Berwickshire Railway]
Specials visit Greenlaw.
19/07/1965[Berwickshire Railway]
Ravenswood Junction to Greenlaw closed to freight.
07/11/1966[Berwickshire Railway]
Duns to Reston closed to freight.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was the junction between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway of 1849 and the Berwickshire Railway of 1865.
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A tranquil stretch of the surviving solum of the Berwickshire Railway between the former Ravenswood Junction and Leaderfoot Viaduct - seen here ...
David Spaven 08/05/2013
An Earlston - Gordon - Greenlaw trip working returning to St Boswells at Easter 1965. Ravenswood Junction signal box stands in the right background ...
Bruce McCartney //1965

This was a two platform station with a passing loop on the single track line. The eastbound platform had the main station building, stone built and of two storeys and typical of the Berwickshire Railway. Over the west end of the station was a road bridge which crossed the west end of the loop.
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View to Gordon over what had been Earlston station, a two platform station with a goods yard (to the left). Little remains of the station and goods ...
Ewan Crawford 06/03/2016
Station Brae, Earlston, is not on the site of the station but the north end of the loop which passed between the two station platforms. The station ...
Ewan Crawford 06/03/2016
Platform scene at Earlston, looking west at Easter time 1965, with the branch pickup goods paused on its outward journey from St Boswells to Greenlaw. ...
Bruce McCartney //1965
Various 'friends of the last freight' on the eastbound platform at Earlston on a fine and sunny 16 July 1965. At the other end of the train is D3888, ...
Bruce McCartney 16/07/1965

This was a single platform station to the north of West Gordon, a third of the mile to the north. There was a stone station building, of two storeys, typical of the Berwickshire Railway. The platform was on the south side of the line.
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Posing alongside the last goods at Gordon station on 16 July 1965. The train was on its way back from Greenlaw to St Boswells [see image 58669]. ...
Bruce McCartney 16/07/1965
Shunting the yard at Gordon during the Easter holiday in 1965. The stone crusher is prominent in the background. ...
Bruce McCartney //1965
View west from the road bridge at Gordon looking towards Earlston on a fine day during the Easter holiday in 1965. The branch pick up goods is on its ...
Bruce McCartney //1965
Station master Scott watches the last freight leaving Gordon station, Berwickshire, on 16 July 1965. The photograph may be familiar - it is the front ...
Bruce McCartney 16/07/1965

This two platform station was just to the south of the village of Greenlaw. The station had a passing loop on a line which was otherwise single track.
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Looking back from the cab of a class 08 at the head of the branch goods leaving Greenlaw in 1965. ...
Bruce McCartney 16/07/1965
Looking along the approach to the former Greenlaw station in June 2005. The station, originally opened by the Berwickshire Railway in 1863, lost its ...
John Furnevel /06/2005
The former station at Greenlaw (closed to passengers in 1948), seen platform side from the redundant road bridge [see image 40779]. View is west ...
John Furnevel 06/10/2012
No 256 on manoeuvres at Greenlaw in July 1961 having arrived as part of the RCTS Borders Railtour. ...
K A Gray 09/07/1961


This was a single platform station built for Marchmont House and its estate. The mansion was to the north west of the station, nearly a mile away.
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Road approach to the former Marchmont station on the Berwickshire Railway, photographed in June 2006. The station closed along with the line between ...
John Furnevel 10/06/2006
View west towards Greenlaw at the former Marchmont Station in June 2006. ...
John Furnevel 10/06/2006
The old Berwickshire Railway station at Marchmont, between Duns and Greenlaw, in March 2009. ...
Ian Whittaker 13/03/2009

This was a two platform station. The station was the terminus of the originally double track Dunse Branch (North British Railway) before it was extended to Ravenswood Junction, north of St Boswells, by the Berwickshire Railway in 1863. (Dunse is the old spelling for Duns.)
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Granary in the yard alongside Duns station, viewed from the south in June 2005. ...
John Furnevel /06/2005
View of the combined station building and goods shed at Duns in 1998 from across the infilled trackbed. The building, on the former westbound ...
Ewan Crawford //1998
Looking south across trackbed and former goods yard to the old granary at Duns in June 2005. The western end of the old station building is on the ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2005
The former station building and forecourt at Duns in June 2005. ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2005