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Dates

  /  /    Burntisland Docks
17 acres site developed with 2 docks each with 6 coal hoists by the North British Railway.
  /  /1762Nor Loch, Edinburgh
Drained, this was the future site of North British Railway's Edinburgh Waverley station.
09/03/1837Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Branch to basin on the Carlisle and Port Carlisle Canal in Carlisle opened. The terminus later became Canal Yard and was an interchange point with the North British Railway who acquired the Carlisle and Port Carlisle Railway and Dock Company.
07/07/1844North British Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Alternative date 4/7/1844.
  /  /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.
  /  /1845Marquis of Lothians Waggonway
North British Railway
Waggonway purchased by the North British Railway.
21/07/1845Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
North British Railway
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway merged with the North British Railway.
  /  /1846Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Fisherrow branch modified to branch off North British Railway.
  /  /1846Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Original Fisherrow branch from Niddrie connected to North British Railway to form Niddrie to Monktonhall link.
16/06/1846North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Act passed
18/06/1846North British Railway
Opened from Edinburgh North Bridge to Berwick and the branch from Longniddry to Haddington.
01/08/1846Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Line extended from Haymarket to meet the North British Railway at North Bridge station.
  /  /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 Railway
Trinity 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
27/01/1851Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Wallace Nick station, by Kelso, closed.
  /10/1852Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Newstead station closed
26/05/1856Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Opened throughout, operated by the North British Railway.
  /07/1856Jedburgh Railway
Line opened, worked by North British Railway. Jedburgh station had an all-over roof which was supported by the engine shed and station building. It is so far from the town a bus runs between the station and town.
  /  /1859Selkirk and Galashiels RailwayNorth British Railway
Selkirk and Galashiels Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1860Border Counties RailwayNorth British Railway
Border Counties Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1860Jedburgh Railway
North British Railway
Jedburgh Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1860Clyde Trustees
Decide to build a wet dock (the Queens Dock) on their land at Stobcross. The North British Railway promotes the Stobcross Railway as a branch of the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway to serve it. (1860s).
01/06/1862North British Railway
Hawick Junction (at Portobello) becomes Portobello East Junction.
03/06/1862Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Monktonhall to Hardengreen authorised with branch to Macmerry.
01/07/1862Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Hawick [1st] closed to passengers on opening of the Border Union Railway (North British Railway).
29/07/1862Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee RailwayNorth British Railway
Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
29/07/1862West of Fife Mineral RailwayNorth British Railway
West of Fife Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
  /  /1863Wansbeck RailwayNorth British Railway
Wansbeck Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1863North British Railway
Buy Charlestown Harbour and extend it east.
01/05/1863Devon Valley Railway
Opened from Kinross to Rumbling Bridge (worked by North British Railway).
01/08/1865Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
North British Railway
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1866Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton RailwayNorth British Railway
Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1866Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Bill for the line presented with support from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and the North British Railway (who did not have a partner other than the North Eastern Railway route to Newcastle Central for taking traffic from the Border Union Railway (North British Railway) (Waverley Route) at Carlisle).
  /  /1867Forth and Clyde Canal Caledonian Railway
Forth and Clyde Canal (and various assets such as the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company))) bought by Caledonian Railway to compete with the North British Railway in the Forth - Clyde Valley.
  /  /1868Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
An agreement with the London and North Western Railway is reached over use of the Ingleton Branch (Lancaster and Carlisle Railway) and Lancaster and Carlisle Railway by the Midland Railway. The route would involve the North Western Railway. The Midland Railway tries to abandon the Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway). The North British Railway and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway block the abandonment.
  /  /1869Forth Iron Works Railway
Iron works closed. Line taken over by the North British Railway as the Kinnedar Branch (North British Railway) some time later.
  /  /1870Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Fountainhall station masters house built.
19/03/1870Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Line opened from Monktonhall to Macmerry.
31/07/1870Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Connection from Hardengreen Junction (Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway) to Smeaton (Macmerry Branch) opened.
19/12/1870City of Glasgow Union Railway
Gallowgate opened, used as a terminus by the Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) until the Glasgow College terminus was complete.
  /  /1871Esk Valley Railway
North British Railway
Esk Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Under construction. Contractor: John Waddell.
  /  /1871Wansbeck RailwayNewcastle and Berwick Railway
Curve (authorised in original Wansbeck Railway Act) put in to allow North British Railway trains to run into the main Morpeth station in either 1871 or 1872. The two companies built the curve towards each other, meeting in the middle. On opening the Wansbeck Railway trains stopped using the Blyth and Tyne Railway's Morpeth Branch terminus.
01/02/1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
College station opened on a site previously occupied by the University of Glasgow.
01/02/1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Opened.
17/07/1871Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Auction Mart started by John Swan & Sons by the St Boswells station
26/10/1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Whifflet to College passenger service starts.
  /  /1872Leslie Railway
North British Railway
Leslie Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1872Northumberland Central RailwayNorth British Railway
Northumberland Central Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/05/1872Macmerry 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.
  /  /1874Blyth and Tyne Railway North Eastern Railway
Line absorbed by the North Eastern Railway to stop the North British Railway from acquiring the line and developing an independent route into Newcastle, with its own terminus.
20/10/1874Stobcross Railway
Line opened by the North British Railway. The Caledonian Railway obtained permission for running powers to Stobcross and for goods yards at Partickhill and Stobcross. The Caledonian managed to gain join ownership of the Stobcross high level to Stobcross low level connecting line.
29/10/1874Whiteinch Railway Whiteinch Tramway
Opened as a branch from the Stobcross Railway from an east facing Whiteinch Junction. Railway operated by North British Railway and tramway by the Wood brothers.
  /  /1875Devon Valley Railway
North British Railway
Devon Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1875Stobcross Railway
Cowdenhill Branch (North British Railway) opened to Knightswood pits and brickworks, later extended to the Cowdenhill stone quarries.
  /  /1876Peebles RailwayNorth British Railway
Peebles 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.
  /  /1877Leven and East of Fife Railway
Leven and East of Fife Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1877Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1877Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/08/1877Leven and East of Fife Railway
North British Railway
Leven and East of Fife Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/08/1877St Andrews RailwayNorth British Railway
St Andrews Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/06/1878Tay 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).
12/05/1879Newport Railway
Wormit to Tayport via Newport opened. A new short bridge opened from Wormit to meet the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) at a junction just offshore. A second signal box was at this junction.
28/12/1879Tay Bridge and associated lines (North British Railway)
Tay Bridge Disaster. High Girders section of bridge falls in severe weather conditions. An evening train crossing the bridge falls with the High Girders and all on board are killed.
  /  /1880Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock Company
North British Railway
Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock Company absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1880North British Arbroath and Montrose Railway
North British Railway
North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1880Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway
Caledonian Railway
North British Railway
Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway).
  /  /1880Carmyllie Railway
Becomes joint Caledonian Railway and North British Railway, when the Dundee and Arbroath Railway becomes the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway.
  /  /1880Tay Bridge and associated lines (North British Railway)
Locomotive retrieved from bottom of River Tay, nicknamed The Diver and put back in service. The letterbox, of Dalhousie station and now at the museum in Bellingham, was made from metal from this engine.
01/02/1880Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Ferry Pier Junction to Broughty Pier re-opened following the Tay Bridge [1st] disaster - Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway).
  /  /1881Montrose and Bervie Railway
North British Railway
Montrose and Bervie Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1881Blane Valley Railway
North British Railway
Blane Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
15/10/1881Eyemouth Fishing Fleet lost
Terrible storms sink many fishing vessels from east coast ports, 189 fishermen lost, 129 from Eyemouth. Harmony, Radiant, Press Home, Janet, Lily of the Valley, James and Robert, Sweet Home, Brothers, and other vessels lost. Relief was provided from the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) disaster fund.
  /  /1883Glasgow and North Western Railway
Glasgow and North Western Railway proposed by North British Railway. The route was to have been Glasgow to Inverness via Fort William. It was not built.
27/04/1883Caledonian RailwayNorth British RailwayAlloa RailwaySouth Alloa Branch (Scottish Central Raiwlay)
North British Railway given running powers over the Alloa Railway and South Alloa Branch (Scottish Central Railway) from Alloa to Greenhill Junction on payment of £3000 annually to the Caledonian Railway.
29/06/1883City of Glasgow Union Railway
St Enoch station and approach lines south of Bellgrove taken over by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Lines north of Bellgrove taken over by the North British Railway.
28/07/1884Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (HighlandRailway)
Act passed. This was partly in response to the proposed incursion of the North British Railway's Glasgow and North Western Railway from Glasgow to Inverness via Loch Lomond, Crianlarich, Glencoe, Fort William and the Great Glen.
  /  /1885Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
North British Railway
Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/08/1885Kelvin Valley Railway
North British Railway
Kelvin Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1886Tranent Waggonway
Tranent Colliery to Meadowhill taken over by the North British Railway, Meadowhill to Port Seton dismantled.
15/03/1886Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
College terminus closed.
01/10/1886Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Abbeyhill to Lochend Junction opened to passengers and freight. This line effectively quadrupled the main line of the North British Railway from Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction and provided a useful diversionary route.
  /  /1887Glasgow City and District Railway
North British Railway
Glasgow City and District Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/02/1887Glasgow City and District Railway Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayStobcross Railway
Circular service introduced by the North British Railway.
13/07/1887Tay Bridge and associated lines (North British Railway)
New double track Tay Bridge opened. (Alternative date 6/1887).
  /  /1888North Monkland RailwayNorth British Railway
North Monkland Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1889Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Leith New Lines planned; (Newhaven to Leith passenger terminus by North British Railway's Leith station, a triangular junction at Lochend with a line to Edinburgh Princes Street under the city with a branch to Waverley Market by Edinburgh Waverley station)
01/05/1889Tay Bridge and associated lines (North British Railway)
Dundee Esplanade opened.
01/05/1889Tay Bridge and associated lines (North British Railway)
Wormit opened.
26/07/1889Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway
North British Railway
Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway merged into North British Railway.
  /10/1889Stirling and Dunfermline RailwayAlloa Railway
Connection made between the North British Railway's Stirling and Dunfermline Railway and the Caledonian Railway's Alloa Railway.
  /  /1890North British Railway
Operate a horse bus in East Lothian.
02/06/1890Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Aberdour opened.
04/07/1890Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Act received for a line from Newhaven to Seafield (Seafield Junction was for the line to the terminus and the North British Railway lines).
17/08/1890North British Railway
Six of the Forth Ferry Steamers now redundant and scrapped.
  /  /1891Whiteinch Railway
North British Railway
North British buys the smaller line.
03/07/1891Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
The Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway) are given an Act which allows a link from the Leith New Lines to Easter Road on the North British Railway. This connection was not built.
05/08/1891Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway
North British Railway
Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1892Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line
Caledonian Railway
North British Railway
Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway).
  /  /1893William Baird and Company
Purchase mines at Santander, North Spain and the Monte de Hierro mineral field in south Spain. This traffic was initially received at Glasgow Harbour, but the harbour commissioners soon had plans for a new facility at Rothesay Dock served by the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway).
18/12/1893Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Kincardine Junction to Kincardine opened.
17/09/1894Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Kilbagie station opened.
  /  /1895East Fife Central Railway
North British Railway
East Fife Central Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1895North British Railway
Design chosen for the North British Hotel, Edinburgh, by Sir William Hamilton Beattie after a competition. North Bridge also raised.
01/04/1895Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Branch to the Saracen Foundry opened, but has to be closed as it was in breach of a formal agreement with the North British Railway which owned the nearby Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.
  /  /1896City of Glasgow Union RailwayGlasgow and South Western RailwayNorth British Railway
City of Glasgow Union Railway absorbed and divided between Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway.
03/03/1896Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway)
Line opened as a goods relief line between Invertiel Junction (Kirkcaldy) and Foulford (Cowdenbeath) with a goods station at Auchtertool.
01/10/1896Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line
The North British Railway is forced to put its Dumbarton Central to Balloch Pier line into joint ownership with the Caledonian Railway to stop the Caledonian Railway from building a second railway (the proposed Dumbarton, Jamestown and Loch Lomond Railway) from Dumbarton to Balloch.
  /  /1897Glasgow Yoker and Clydebank Railway
North British Railway
Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1897Anstruther and St Andrews RailwayNorth British Railway
Anstruther and St. Andrews Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/01/1897Whiteinch Railway
Opened to passengers. A new connection was made to the line from the west of Crow Road. This replaced an earlier line which crossed under Crow road and joined at Whiteinch Junction which was further east (to the south of Gartnavel Hospital). The route of this earlier line is now built over, but was slightly further south than the existing line. The North British Railway also built a spur from a west facing junction on the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway to a north facing junction on the Stobcross Railway.
  /07/1897Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No. 2 partly opened.
  /  /1900Newport RailwayNorth British Railway
Newport Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1900Eyemouth Railway
North British Railway
Merged with North British Railway.
  /01/1900Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No. 2 opened completely.
06/08/1900Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick RailwayNorth British Railway
Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1901Lauder Light Railway
Opened, new signal box opened at Fountainhall for the new junction on the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).
  /10/1901Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
New Cadder Yard, hump shunted, opened by the North British Railway.
  /  /1902North British Railway
North British Hotel, Edinburgh, opened.
12/01/1903Glasgow City and District Railway Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayStobcross Railway
Circular service withdrawn.
01/07/1903Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Central Branch (North British Railway) to London Road Junction [Edinburgh] and Lochend South Junction opened.
22/07/1903Invergarry and Fort Augustus RailwayHighland Railway
Line opened by Mrs Ellic of Glengarry, service operated by the Highland Railway who were keen to keep the North British Railway away from Inverness. Steamers connected the Pier station to Inverness via Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.
17/08/1903Princes Dock Joint Railway
Joint line owned by the Caledonian Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway opened.
01/07/1906Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Line opened between Kincardine and Elbowbend Junction, contractor Robert McAlpine.
28/12/1906Dundee and Arbroath Railway
A North British Railway express which had been travelling from Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen is blocked by snow at Arbroath and returns south. It strikes a local Caledonian Railway Arbroath to Dundee East train at Elliot Junction in a blizzard killing 22 passengers.
25/04/1907Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire RailwayGlasgow Yoker and Clydebank Railway
Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) opened. The line was joint North British Railway and Caledonian Railway.
01/05/1907Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
North British Railway
North British Railway start running service.
  /  /1908Bainsford Branch (Caledonian Railway) Bainsford Branch (North British Railway)
By-pass line from Swing Bridge Junction to Fouldubs Junction opened, the western half was owned by the North British Railway (part of the former line to the Carron Iron Works) and the eastern by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1908Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway
Absorbed by the North British Railway.
31/12/1908North British RailwayWest Highland Railway
North British Railway formally takes over the West Highland Railway line from Craigendoran to Mallaig and the branch to Banavie [1st].
31/10/1911Invergarry and Fort Augustus RailwayNorth British Railway
Line closed to all traffic as North British Railway withdraws.
  /  /1913Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Hardengreen Junction to Smeaton mothballed.
22/01/1913Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No. 3 opened, contractor Robert McAlpine.
01/08/1913Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
North British Railway
Line re-opened by North British.
  /05/1914Whiteinch Tramway
Wood Brothers liquidated and operation taken over by A and G Anderson using North British Railway engines and crew.
28/08/1914Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
North British Railway
North British Railway (Invergarry and Fort Augustus) vesting and confirmation act passed as the North British buys the line.
31/12/1914Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
North British Railway
North British Railway buys line and railway hotel at Fort Augustus.
18/08/1915Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No. 3 closed for repairs.
  /  /1916Whiteinch Tramway
North British Railway takes over operation.
14/12/1916Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
A major landslip at Ladhope Tunnel, just west of Galashiels [1st] station, blocks line.
  /  /1917Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Seafield Shed leased to the North British Railway.
  /  /1919Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No. 3 re-opened.
29/03/1919Cowdenbeath Loop (North British Railway)
All passenger trains start to use the Cowdenbeath (New) deviation.
  /  /1923Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Melrose station's timber roof removed.
01/01/1923North British Railway Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway Great North of Scotland Railway Forth and Clyde Junction Railway Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway Gifford and Garvald Railway Newburgh and North Fife Railway Lauder Light Railway Great Central Railway
Grouped into London and North Eastern Railway.
01/07/1925Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Macmerry to Ormiston closed to passengers.
07/07/1930Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Alloa (Kincardine Junction) to Dunfermline via Culross closed to passengers.
22/09/1930Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Smeaton closed to passengers.
03/04/1933Gifford and Garvald RailwayMacmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Gifford to Edinburgh (Monktonhall Junction) closed to passengers.
02/10/1933Tay Bridge and associated lines (North British Railway)
Dundee Esplanade closed.
  /  /1934Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Smeaton to Hardengreen Junction lifted.
  /  /1948Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Line used by expresses diverted from the East Coast Main Line.
01/01/1948British Railways
Forth Bridge Railway
London Midland and Scottish Railway
London and North Eastern Railway
Britains railways are nationalised.
05/12/1949North British Railway
Haddington to Longniddry closed to passengers.
  /  /1950Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Line used by expresses diverted from the East Coast Main Line.
  /  /1951North British Railway
Cockburnspath station closed.
07/04/1952Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)
Leith Central to Abbeyhill and Piershill closed to passengers.
07/04/1952Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Central Branch (North British Railway) closed to passengers. The route is retained for carriage sidings and later used as a DMU depot.
19/09/1955Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Parkhead station closed.
08/01/1956Glasgow City and District RailwayCoatbridge Branch (North British Railway)Monkland and Kirkintilloch RailwayBathgate and Coatbridge Railway (Monkland Railways)Edinburgh and Bathgate RailwayEdinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Last regular Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Edinburgh Waverley via Shettleston, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Bathgate Upper service runs.
  /  /1958Ravenscraig Steel WorksGeneral Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
General Terminus re-built for importing coal and iron ore as the facilities at Rothesay Dock and the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) were not sufficient.
01/02/1958London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Route transferred to British Railways London Midland Region.
25/12/1958British Railways
For the first time, train services in Glasgow are reduced on Christmas Day.
  /07/1959Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Failed class 303 blue trains, in use for driver training, replaced by British Railways Eastern Region Tilbury sets.
02/05/1960Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Macmerry to Ormiston closed to freight. Goods depots at Macmerry and Winton closed.
05/08/1960North British Railway
Petition against closure of Portobello starts.
  /  /1962St Rollox works and Cowlairs Works
Transferred to British Railway's Workshops Division.
05/02/1962North British Railway
Ayton station closed.
05/02/1962North British Railway
Burnmouth station closed.
  /  /1963British Railways
Beeching Report; Re-shaping of Britains Railways Published.
17/11/1963Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway)
Invertiel to Cowdenbeath closed.
  /  /1964Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Fountainhall becomes de-staffed.
  /05/1964Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Aberdour closed to goods.
04/05/1964North British Railway
Grantshouse station closed.
04/05/1964North British Railway
Reston station closed.
15/06/1964Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Kelso to St Boswells (Kelso Junction) closed to passengers.
07/09/1964Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Musselburgh to Joppa (Newhailes Junction) closed to passengers
07/09/1964Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)
Closed to passengers.
16/02/1965British Railways
Dr Beechings The re-shaping of Britains Railways report issued.
25/05/1965Gifford and Garvald RailwayMacmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Saltoun to Smeaton (excluded) closed to freight. Ormiston goods depot closed.
  /07/1967Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Bellgrove closed to cattle traffic. The Glasgow Cattle Market was located by the station.
01/04/1968North British Railway
Haddington to Longniddry closed to freight.
01/04/1968Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Kelso to St Boswells (Kelso Junction) closed to freight.
05/08/1968Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Leith North to George Street Depot closed to freight. (Accessed from former North British Railway lines latterly)
06/01/1969Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway Marquis of Lothians Waggonway Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) Border Union Railway (North British Railway) Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock Company
Edinburgh (Portobello East Junction) to Hawick [2nd] to Carlisle (Port Carlisle Junction) closed to passengers. Newtongrange [1st], Gorebridge, Tynehead, Heriot, Fountainhall, Stow, Galashiels [1st], Melrose, St Boswells, Hassendean, Hawick [2nd], Stobs, Shankend, Riccarton Junction, Steele Road, Newcastleton stations closed.
28/04/1969Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Gorebridge, Lady Victoria Pit, (excluded) to Hawick [2nd] officially closed to goods.
05/01/1970Kinross-shire Railway Fife and Kinross Railway Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)
Perth (Hilton Junction) to Cowdenbeath North Junction closed to passengers.
05/01/1970Fife and Kinross Railway
Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)
Bridge of Earn to Milnathort closed to all traffic.
05/01/1970Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)Kinross-shire RailwayFife and Kinross Railway
Cowdenbeath to Perth closed to passengers, Bridge of Earn [2nd] to Milnathort closed to goods, Cowdenbeath to Milnathort singled.
07/12/1970Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)
Closed to freight.
29/04/1972Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Central Branch (North British Railway) to London Road Junction [Edinburgh] and Lochend South Junction is closed.
01/05/1972Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)
Leith Central (DMU servicing) to Abbeyhill Junction and Piershill Junction closed.
06/09/1972Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Musselburgh to Joppa (Newhailes Junction) closed to freight. (Alternative dates: 1971, 7/12/1970).
31/12/1973Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Leith East Yard, last section of the line, closed. (Latterly accessed from North British Railway lines via Seafield Junction [2nd] ).
06/10/1975Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bridge of Earn Junction to Ladybank re-opened for passengers (after closure of the Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)).
01/10/1977British Railways
In Fife all DMU services become second class.
  /  /1978Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Dalkeith colliery closed.
02/10/1978British Railways
London to Aberdeen HSTs introduced.
  /  /1979Blindwells Opencast Mine
Rail served coal preparation and bunker plant opened by the former North British Railway.
17/03/1979North British Railway
Tunnel collapse at Penmanshiel diversions of east coast trains via Carlisle required.
29/06/1979British Railways
£5 million contract to rationalise trackwork from Dalmeny to Cupar, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath.
  /  /1980Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Dalkeith washery closed, line closed completely from Monktonhall Junction.
04/04/1980East Somerset Railway
Trains start to run from Cranmore West to Merryfield Lane. The original Cranmore station was retained by British Railways for bitumen traffic.
21/09/1980Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Bellgrove station burnt down.
  /05/1984British Railways
IC 125 services introduced to Inverness.
  /  /1985North British Railway
Perth Pool built on the former goods yard of the North British Railway by Perth station.
  /  /1985Stirling and Dunfermline Railway Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Longannet Signal Box (excluded) to Alloa West Junction (excluded) out of use. Track left in place for possible re-opening.
  /  /1987Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
British Rail Engineering Limited stop using St Rollox works. MC Metals continue to use the sidings for asbestos removal from stock.
  /  /1989Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Millerhill Yard Junction (by Millerhill MPD, approximate location of the former Cairnie station) to Millerhill Junction (south of the former Millerhill station) closed.
06/03/1989Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
City of Glasgow Union Railway
Crash at Bellgrove station when a train leaves Bellgrove station passing a red light (SPAD) and runs onto the single lead of the Springburn line striking a train leaving the branch. 2 were killed and 40 injured.
  /  /1991North British Railway
North British Hotel, Edinburgh, becomes the Balmoral.
  /05/1991British Railways
British Rail withdraws West Coast Main Line services from London Euston to Inverness ('The Clansman').
  /  /1994ScotRail PLC
ScotRail created during the privatisation of British Railways.
  /  /1994Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Abbeyhill loop retained by British Railways on transfer of operational infrastructure to Railtrack.
01/04/1994Railtrack PLC
Railtrack created during the privatisation of British Railways and the railway infrastructure transferred to it.
  /06/1994North British Railway
Wallyford station opened.
31/03/1997British Railways
The last British Rail trains run: the 23:55 from Edinburgh Waverley to London Euston Sleeper, and 23:55 London Euston to Edinburgh Waverley Sleeper.
  /04/1997Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Longannet to Kincardine Power station re-opened to freight.
  /03/1998Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Dalgety Bay station opened.
03/06/2002Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction and Niddrie South Junction to Newcraighall re-opened to passengers with a stations at Brunstane and Newcraighall. A long reversing spur was provided south of Newcraighall from the new Newcraighall Junction.
27/05/2008Muirkirk Branch GSWR
Demolition approved by East Ayrshire Council for British Railways Board (Residual) of the Mosshouse Viaduct over the Bellow Water by Cronberry. The viaduct was in poor condition and would need replaced should the Powharnal line be re-opened. The viaduct was demolished by the end of the year 2008.
06/09/2015Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)
Newcraighall North Junction to Tweedbank opened to passengers with stations at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank. Newcraighall Junction renamed Newcraighall North Junction.