Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)

Introduction

This railway has largely re-opened as the Borders Railway (Network Rail).

The line was an integral part of the former Waverley Route from Edinburgh to Carlisle via Galashiels and Hawick.

Originally to be built by the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway Company, the company was bought by the North British Railway before construction began and was opened as the larger company's Hawick Branch.

The line closed in 1969.

It re-opened in 2015 from Sheriffhall south to Galashiels and Tweedbank on the 6th of September.

The northern portion from Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction never closed and Brunstane station opened in 2002. Newcraighall opened on a portion of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway at the same time. From Newcraighall a new line, the Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail) takes the line south to Sheriffhall via a new station at Shawfair.

The line is supported and promoted by the Borders Railway Community Rail Partnership .

Why built

This line was built to carry passengers, goods and livestock from the border towns of Hawick, Newtown St Boswells, Galashiels and the surrounding area to Edinburgh.

The re-opened line carries a passenger service from Tweedbank via Galashiels, where there is a transport interchange, north to Edinburgh.

Service

The re-opened line carries passengers from Tweedbank and Galashiels to Edinburgh Waverley.



Dates

  /  /1845[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1845[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (as yet unbuilt) absorbed by North British Railway.
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.
01/05/1848[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Line extended from Gorebridge to Bowland.
20/04/1849[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Line opened from Bowland to Hawick.
  /10/1852[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Newstead station closed
01/07/1862[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Hawick [1st] closed to passengers on opening of the [Border Union Railway (North British Railway)].
  /  /1870[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Fountainhall station masters house built.
17/07/1871[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Auction Mart started by John Swan & Sons by the St Boswells station
14/12/1916[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
A major landslip at Ladhope Tunnel, just west of Galashiels station, blocks line.
  /  /1923[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Melrose station's timber roof removed.
  /  /1964[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Fountainhall becomes de-staffed.
06/01/1969[Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway][Marquis of Lothians Waggonway][Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)][Border Union Railway][Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock Company]
Edinburgh (Portobello East Junction) to Hawick to Carlisle (Port Carlisle Junction) closed to passengers. Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Tynehead, Heriot, Fountainhall, Stow, Galashiels [1st], Melrose, St Boswells, Hassendean, Hawick [2nd], Stobs, Shankend, Riccarton Junction, Steele Road, Newcastleton stations closed.
28/04/1969[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Gorebridge, Lady Victoria Pit, (excluded) to Hawick [2nd] officially closed to goods.
  /  /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.
03/06/2002[Edinburgh 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.
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 South Junction.

Route described

The original line ran south from Dalhousie to Gorebridge, Galashiels, Newtown St Boswells and Hawick. As built the line was double track and the northern approach, via the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway, was re-gauged and partly re-aligned. A short section was also opened from Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction upon which the 2002 Brunstane station opened, whereas Newcraighall is on the older Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Portobello to Niddrie

This portion opened from Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction and gave new, more suitable, access to the existing Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.

This junction is open. The East Coast Main Line from Berwick-Upon-Tweed meets the line from Tweedbank and passenger trains run west to Edinburgh Waverley.
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A 158 for Tweedbank slows right down (as required) to leave the ECML at Portobello on 26/10/2017. Behind it on the wheel lathe line are some Royal ...
David Panton 26/10/2017
67009 draws the empty stock for the Borders steam special at Portobello Junction. ...
Bill Roberton 14/08/2016
The CrossCountry 0820 Aberdeen - Penzance approaching Portobello East Junction on 8 September 2016. The building in the background houses the ...
John Furnevel 08/09/2016
A BR Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross InterCity service runs through Portobello in 1993. ...
John Furnevel 27/05/1993

A Tweedbank service rounds the curve towards Brunstane station, still accelerating from the crawl imposed by the junction. Both lines are ...
David Panton 17/05/2018

This is a single platform station. The platform was erected on the former eastbound line between Portobello East Junction (to the north west) and Niddrie North Junction (to the south).
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The 0945 (Sunday) ex-Tweedbank runs into Brunstane station under a harsh autumn sun on 29 October 2017. Unit 170475 brings up the rear of the 6-car ...
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A pleasant October morning at Brunstane in 2015. The train about to pull up at the platform is the 1002 ScotRail service to Tweedbank (0955 ...
John Furnevel 21/10/2015
A Borders Railway service makes its first stop at Brunstane on 13 July. Notice that for some reason (economy?) the platform is not taken back to the ...
David Panton 13/07/2018
A morning service from Newcraighall has just left Brunstane on 15 October 2002. ScotRail 158717 is about to pass below Milton Road before joining the ...
John Furnevel 15/10/2002

This was the junction between the North British Railway's line from Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction and an isolated curve of the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway from Niddrie West Junction which enabled trains from the southside line to approach Edinburgh Waverley from the east, thus completing a circle line and provide a route for goods ...

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A Tweedbank to Edinburgh service approaches its penultimate stop of Brunstane on 13 July. The pier it is passing is acting as a monument to the ...
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A morning service from Tweedbank approaches its penultimate stop,
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David Panton 30/10/2017
ScotRail 380006 passing the site of Niddrie North Junction on the morning of 8 July 2018 with an empty stock movement from Millerhill Depot to ...
John Furnevel 08/07/2018
GBRf 66743 receives a green at Niddrie North on 8 July 2018 enabling it to continue on its way clockwise around the sub. The locomotive is on its way ...
John Furnevel 08/07/2018

This was the second Niddrie station, shown on contemporary OS maps as Niddry Junction.
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The 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank approaching Niddrie South Junction shortly after leaving Brunstane on 10 June 2018. On the left is the line to Niddrie ...
John Furnevel 10/06/2018
A Tweedbank service clears the junction on the approach to Newcraighall on 5 June. The feathers are for the connection with the Sub at Niddrie West, ...
David Panton 05/06/2018
Immediately after leaving Newcraighall Station northbound, trains pass through Niddrie South Junction before either branching left trowards Niddrie ...
John Furnevel 10/06/2018
26024 heads for Millerhill Yard near Niddrie South Junction. ...
Bill Roberton //1975




Millerhill to Sherriffhall

The Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway was re-aligned from just north of Cairney south to Millerhill and regained the old alignment just south of Sherriffhall [2nd] .

This was a two platform station just north of the 1874 Millerhill Junction for the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway. It was built on the new alignment of the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) which replaced the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway's original alignment.
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EWS 66197 with northbound coal empties approaching from Millerhill Yard on 13 February 2002. The train is on its way to join the westbound sub at ...
John Furnevel 13/02/2002
The British Rail Helvetica typeface dates this one. 'Millerhill Freight
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David Panton 15/09/2017
A new Network Rail sign has recently appeared at the Whitehill Road entrance to Millerhill yard, seen here on 3 June 2018. A new roadway is under ...
John Furnevel 03/06/2018
The access road into Millerhill depot looking south on 11 November 2018. Midway between Whitehill Road and the yard admin block is the recently ...
John Furnevel 11/11/2018

Having just propelled its train of coal out of Monktonhall Colliery, 08411 draws forward from the former Bilston Glen branch towards Millerhill Yard ...
Bill Roberton 27/02/1995

This short lived station replaced Sheriffhall [1st]. It was probably located to the south side of the A6106 overbridge and opened with the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).
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Approaching the end of the single line section from Fushiebridge at Kings Gate on 28 May 2017 is the 6-car 0845 Tweedbank - Edinburgh. ...
John Furnevel 28/05/2017
A 158 Borders Railway crew training trip approaching Kings Gate points on 24 July 2015 at the northern end of the single line section from ...
John Furnevel 24/07/2015
The Waverley trackbed in June 2014 looking south from the A6106 bridge towards Eskbank. [See image 38706] ...
John Furnevel 22/06/2014
Long walk. The Waverley trackbed looking south from the A6106 bridge towards Eskbank on 28 March 2014. ...
John Furnevel 28/03/2014




Dalhousie to Hawick

The bulk of the line ran from just north of the South Esk terminus south to Hawick [1st].

This intermediary two platform station replaced the South Esk terminus of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway when it was realigned and re-gauged as a railway.
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This is a double track twenty three arch viaduct over the River Esk.
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A plaque will be displayed on the Sun Inn to celebrate the Newbattle Viaduct. The plaque reads 'National Historic Civil Enginering Landmark - ...
John Yellowlees 06/09/2018
A plaque will be displayed on the Sun Inn to celebrate the Newbattle Viaduct. Here Stuart Mackay of BAM Nuttall and Institution of Civil Engineer Past ...
John Yellowlees 06/09/2018
The 1054 Edinburgh - Tweedbank illuminated by the Autumn sun as it crosses Newbattle Viaduct on 23 November 2017 midway between Eskbank and ...
John Furnevel 23/11/2017
Stuart Mackay of BAM Nuttall and ICE Past President Gordon Masterton show where the Newbattle Viaduct commemorative plaque will be mounted on the Sun ...
John Yellowlees 06/09/2018

This was a two platform station. It was north of the new Newtongrange station and south of the Newbattle Viaduct. It replaced Dalhousie station which was located to the north of the viaduct. The relocation was due to the mining village becoming established at Newtongrange and the inconvenience of the original Dalhousie terminus of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. ...

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The 0859 Tweedbank - Edinburgh runs north through the site of the original Newtongrange station (1908 - 1969) on 1 December 2016, shortly after ...
John Furnevel 01/12/2016
14.11 from Edinburgh to Tweedbank on the northern outskirts of Newtongrange. The hill in the background is an old 'bing'. [Railscot note: one of the ...
Bill Roberton 27/09/2015
View looking north over the site of Newtongrange station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
ScotRail 158869 on a Borders Railway driver training turn runs north through the site of the original Newtongrange station on 9 June 2015 [see image ...
John Furnevel 09/06/2015

This is a single platform station to the south of the original Newtongrange [1st] station.
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ScotRail 158740 pulls away from the platform at Newtongrange on 9 July 2017 with the 1011 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 09/07/2017
A Tweedbank to Edinburgh service enters Nitt'n on 19 June. Plenty of room for a second track here. Just saying. ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
170455 arrives at Newtongrange on 10 May 2018 with the 0930 Tweedbank - Edinburgh Waverley. ...
John Furnevel 10/05/2018
A mid-morning service on the Borders Railway pulls away from the platform at Newtongrange on 21 June 2018 on its way to Tweedbank. The train is the ...
John Furnevel 21/06/2018

Lady Victoria Pit was served by a large yard and sidings warranting their own signal box. A major expansion of the Newbattle Colliery led to a new connection and exchange sidings being laid out on the east side of the Waverley Route. The whole scheme was built on a grand scale and included the new village of Newtongrange, to the north. The pit was named for Lady Victoria Alexandrina, wife ...

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ScotRail 158720 heads south on the Borders Railway shortly after restarting from Newtongrange on 1 November 2018. The train is the 0955 Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 01/11/2018
A 4-car DMU on a Tweedbank – Edinburgh service about to pass below the bridge carrying the B704 road as it approaches the Newtongrange stop on 9 ...
John Furnevel 09/07/2017
A definite winter chill in the air on 25 October 2018, as the 0959 Tweedbank - Edinburgh approaches the National Mining Museum at the former Lady ...
John Furnevel 25/10/2018
The 0945 (Sunday) ex-Tweedbank slows for the Newtongrange stop during a wet and blustery morning on 19 March 2017. The building on the right once ...
John Furnevel 18/03/2017

Sunday morning view south at Arniston on 6 July, with the trackbed starting to veer south east prior to crossing the A7 on Gore Glen bridge [see image ...
John Furnevel 06/07/2014
Track laying imminent at Arniston, between Newtongrange and Gorebridge, looking north towards Lady Victoria on 15th July 2014. ...
David Spaven 15/07/2014
View south at Arniston towards Gorebridge on 15 May 2014, with sleepers awaiting tracklaying. ...
John Yellowlees 15/07/2014
View north at Arniston towards Newtongrange on 3 November with 66610 on the rear of a returning ballast train. ...
Bill Roberton 03/11/2014

This concrete viaduct crosses the A7 on an oblique not far west of Gorebridge station.
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ScotRail 158715 forming the 1154 Edinburgh – Tweedbank on 6 September 2017, seen here shortly after crossing the Gore Glen bridge over the A7. ...
John Furnevel 06/09/2017
The Saturday 0900 Tweedbank - Edinburgh about to cross Gore Glen bridge over the A7 on 4 August 2018. ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2018
A ScotRail DMU runs south through the Gore Glen during the morning of 8 April 2018 with a Tweedbank service. ...
John Furnevel 08/04/2018
ScotRail 170409 passing Arniston and about to enter the Gore Glen on 30 July 2017. The train is the Sunday morning 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 30/07/2017

This is a single platform station on the Borders Railway. The original station building remains standing. The platform occupies roughly the location of the original northbound platform.
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A Tweedbank service calls at a pleasantly set and well-maintained Gorebridge station on 12 September 2018. ...
David Panton 12/09/2018
An Edinburgh service pulls away from Gorebridge with the driver obligingly staring at the platform rather than the camera. 12th September 2018. ...
David Panton 12/09/2018
The 0954 Edinburgh - Tweedbank approaching the platform at Gorebridge on 13 April 2017. ScotRail 158741 is seen here passing below Station Road ...
John Furnevel 13/04/2017
After crossing the Gore Glen bridge ScotRail 170409 drops down to pass below Station Road and enter Gorebridge station on 13 May 2018. The train is ...
John Furnevel 13/05/2018

This 'junction' is really the northern end of the Fushiebridge - Tynehead loop. It is located roughly on the site of a tunnel, just south of Gorebridge station which was opened out. ...

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This was a two platform station.
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A northbound train on the Borders Railway on 21 October 2018, ScotRail 158723 has a clear to run onto the single line at Fushiebridge points at the ...
John Furnevel 21/10/2018
ScotRail 170478 heading south through a fine mist at Fushiebridge with the 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank on 23 July 2017. The train is passing through ...
John Furnevel 23/07/2017
Passing through the site of Fushiebridge station on a wet Sunday morning in July 2017 is ScotRail 170478 forming the 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. The ...
John Furnevel 23/07/2017
The late running 0954 ex-Waverley runs onto the double track section at Fushiebridge shortly after leaving Gorebridge station on 8 December 2016. ...
John Furnevel 08/12/2016

The first station site at Fushiebridge was the site of the later goods yard - it was re-located north of the road overbridge. ...

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This signal box broke the section between Fushiebridge station and Tynehead station. The box was located on the Borthwick Bank.
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The 0859 Tweedbank - Edinburgh drops down Borthwick Bank in the morning sunshine on 21 June 2018 making for its next scheduled stop at Gorebridge. ...
John Furnevel 21/06/2018
View from a Black 5 – 44871 battles up Borthwick Bank with the SRPS Railtour to Tweedbank on 5th August 2018, with 11 coaches behind, and 37516 ...
David Spaven 05/08/2018
The longest day. ScotRail 158734 negotiates the sweeping reverse curves of Borthwick Bank during the climb southwards from Gorebridge towards ...
John Furnevel 21/06/2018

This was a two platform station located in a deep cutting. The street level building remains here, in use as a house.
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The 1259 Tweedbank - Edinburgh runs onto the double track section at Tynehead on 27 December 2016. ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2016
Less than half a mile north of Tynehead station, just prior to crossing the Tyne Water, the Borders Railway runs below a road bridge linking ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2016
A 4-car 158 combination seen shortly after running north through the junction onto the double track section at Tynehead on 24 February 2018. The train ...
John Furnevel 24/02/2018
Approaching Tynehead from the north on Saturday 24 February 2018 is the ScotRail 1325 ex-Waverley bound for Tweedbank. The train has just crossed the ...
John Furnevel 24/02/2018

A southbound ScotRail service waits for the return SRPS Railtour to clear Tynehead Junction on 5th August 2018, as seen from 37516. ...
David Spaven 05/08/2018
A green light at Overbridge 41 south of Tynehead, a notorious example of Transport Scotland's penny-wise, pound-foolish approach to the Borders ...
David Spaven 05/08/2018
67009 EWS heads the Borders Steam Special south of Gorebridge on its way back to Edinburgh on Sunday 7th August 2016.
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John Steven 07/08/2016

A weigh station was opened at Falahill with the line. Banking to Falahill Summit was common. The location had up and down loops and sidings. There was a water tank and signal box on the east side.
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After rounding the curve at Falahill on 10 May 2018, the ScotRail 0855 Edinburgh - Tweedbank runs south past the village towards the A7 underpass. ...
John Furnevel 10/05/2018
View north from the trackbed of the former Waverley Route at Falahill Summit in 2002. The trackbed was used as an access road for the former railway ...
Ewan Crawford //2002
Landscape with sheep and seagulls. The 0955 Edinburgh - Tweedbank southbound at Falahill on an autumnal 8 November 2018. ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2018
A Sunday morning service on the Borders Railway passing Falahill Village on 8 April 2018. Photographed from alongside the A7, below which the train is ...
John Furnevel 08/04/2018

This was a two platform station with staggered platforms, one on either side of a level crossing.
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37604 on a NR Test Train running slowly just south of Heriot heading north to Edinburgh on the then unopned Borders Rail on 12/5/15. ...
Jeffray Wotherspoon 12/05/2015
The 0845 (Sunday) Tweedbank - Edinburgh ScotRail service about to run through the site of Heriot station on 2 April 2017 heading for its next stop at ...
John Furnevel 02/04/2017
An Edinburgh bound train on the Borders Railway passes below a farm bridge just north of Heriot on the approach to Falahill. The train has ...
John Furnevel 30/07/2017
A train on the Borders Railway runs through a snowy landscape between Heriot and Fountainhall on 27 December 2017 on its journey south to Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2017

This was a two platform station with a bay platform for the Lauder Light Railway.
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A Tweedbank bound train approaching Fountainhall from the north on 14 February 2017. ...
John Furnevel 14/02/2017
A mid-morning train on the Borders Railway runs north past the site of Fountainhall station on 11 September 2018 heading for its next scheduled stop ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2018
The former station house at Fountainhall, sadly falling into a state of disrepair. View west across the Borders Railway on 16 June 2017, with the ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
45407 heads up the 1 in 158 gradient a little to the north of Fountainhall with the first Tweedbank - Dalgety Bay trip of the day. 9 October. ...
Bill Roberton 09/10/2016

The first SRPS 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' of August approaches Galabank Junction with 37685 bringing up the rear. ...
Bill Roberton 06/08/2017
No. 46100 Royal Scot is seen coasting downhill towards Stow in August 2017 having just entered the double track section at Galabank Junction. I know ...
Bill Jamieson 21/08/2017
The first SRPS 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' of August approaches Galabank Junction. 37685 brings up the rear. ...
Bill Roberton 06/08/2017
Northbound at Galabank on 30 April 2017. The train is the 0959 Tweedbank - Edinburgh. ...
John Furnevel 30/04/2017

This is a two platform station re-opened on the site of the original. The station building remains standing here, waiting for a new use.
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158871 disturbs the peace at Stow with a Tweedbank service on 31st May 2017. ...
David Panton 31/05/2017
An Edinburgh bound services skips north through Stow without stopping. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2016
The Forth Bridge and Borders Steam Special of 20th August 2017 is seen approaching Stow with Black 5 No. 44871 at the rear (EE Type 3 No. 37 ...
Bill Jamieson 20/08/2017
37604 on a NR Test Train running slowly through one of the platforms at the then unfinished Stow station heading north to Edinburgh over the then ...
Jeffray Wotherspoon 12/05/2015

Black 5 45407 approaching the north end of Bowshank Tunnel at around 12:35 on Sunday 6th August 2017, seen against the background of Torsonce Hill and ...
Bill Jamieson 06/08/2017
SRPS rail tour from Tweedbank on 9th October 2016 seen just north of Bowshank Tunnel behind Black 5 45407. [Ref query 17]
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Bill Jamieson 09/10/2016
Amazingly, Network Rail's engineers managed to squeeze double track with modern passenger train clearances through Bowshank Tunnel but any future ...
David Spaven 05/08/2018
Close up of the new bridge over the Gala Water at the south end of Bowshank Tunnel looking essentially complete on 24 October 2014. Note also the ...
John Furnevel 24/10/2014

Bowland was a two platform station. This was briefly the southern terminus of the line before it was extended south.
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Coffee stop at the end of a country lane at Bowland Bridge watching a flight of swallows catching insects along the surface of the Gala Water - camera ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
A close up view of the original bridge at Bowland. The bridge separated the passenger station from the goods station, which was to the north (left). ...
Colin McDonald 25/04/2011
Looking north from the site of Bowland station during the time when the trackbed was in use for farm access and storage. The bridge was replaced ...
Colin McDonald 25/04/2011
66614 at the head of the ballast train at the site of Bowland Station on 3 February. ...
Bill Roberton 03/02/2015


View of Union of South Africa heading towards Torwoodlee Tunnel on 9th September on the way to Tweedbank. ...
David Spaven 09/09/2015
Looking out from Torwoodlee Tunnel, just north of Galashiels, on 5th December 2012, with Railscot contributor Bill Jamieson silhouetted under the ...
David Spaven 05/12/2012
The southern portal of Torwoodlee Tunnel photographed on 5 December 2012. This is one of just two tunnels on the new Borders Railway. At this point ...
David Spaven 05/12/2012
This fine overbridge, seen here looking north on 15th November 2012, carries an unclassified road over the Waverley Route from the A7 road to ...
David Spaven 15/11/2012

A Tweedbank - Edinburgh sevice runs north through the site of Kilnknowe Junction on 9 November 2017. ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2017
Approaching Galashiels from the north on 11 September 2018 is 170428, forming the 1054 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. The train is passing the point where the ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2018
An Edinburgh bound train makes its first crossing of the Gala Water on its way out of Galashiels on 10 November 2016. View is north east from ...
John Furnevel 10/11/2016
ScotRail 158726 is about to make its final crossing of the Gala Water on 9 November 2017 with the 0924 Edinburgh Waverley – Tweedbank. The train is ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2017

The ScotRail 1128 Tweedbank - Edinburgh, seen shortly after leaving Galashiels station on 11 September 2018. The train has just cleared Ladhope Tunnel ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2018
ScotRail 170454 brings up the rear of the 0824 Edinburgh - Tweedbank as leading unit 158728 enters Ladhope Tunnel, some 300m short of Galashiels ...
John Furnevel 22/03/2018
The 0924 ex-Edinburgh on the approach to Galashiels station passing below the A7 via what has become commonly referred to as 'Ladhope Tunnel'. The ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
66619 seen passing the new Buckholmside footbridge at Galashiels on 10 February 2015. ...
Bill Roberton 10/02/2015

The new Galashiels station has a single platform on a single track line.
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The unveiling of a commemorative Jellicoe Express plaque at Galashiels on 27/08/2017.
John Yellowlees 27/08/2017
A fine sunny morning at Galashiels on 26 July 2018. View north along the platform as passengers disembark from the ScotRail 0955 Edinburgh Waverley - ...
John Furnevel 26/07/2018
The 1059 ScotRail service to Edinburgh seen shortly after commencing its journey from Tweedbank on 11 September 2018. The train has just crossed the ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2018
A northbound service photographed on 28/03/2017. It's a pity that the largest town on the line has a single track station. Come to think of it the ...
David Panton 28/03/2017

This was a three platform through station, originally covered with a large timber overall roof which was later replaced with platform canopies.
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B1 4-6-0 61354 leaving Galashiels with a southbound service in the 1960s. The train in question is thought to be the 1610 Edinburgh - Hawick. ...
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The Kinghorn/Squance photo overlooking Gala station taken from the south [see image 59883] shows an UP passenger and steam engine on PW work. This is ...
Bruce McCartney 04/09/2017
Waiting for the pick-up. 60027 Merlin at Galashiels on 25 February 1965. (The shunter is noted as Jimmy Jardine). The A4 was finally withdrawn ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 25/02/1965
A1 Pacific 60152 Holyrood running light engine on the down line at Glenfield on the approach to Galashiels in the early 1960s. [Ref query 632] ...
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The goods yard was south of Galashiels [1st] station and on the west side of the line. Approach was from the south east.
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Looking north west over the remains of the old goods yard at Galashiels in 1975. The station site is in the centre background with Station Brae road ...
Bill Roberton //1975
Looking south towards Tweedbank in April 1975 from the throat of the former yard at Galashiels, with S&T cable supports still in place. ...
Bill Roberton 05/04/1975
Shunting at Galashiels in March 1969 when the line was freight-only. The white plaque on the locomotive says EURS (Edinburgh University Railway ...
Bruce McCartney /03/1969
Scene in the yard at Galashiels in March 1969. This particular trip over the Waverley route (by then freight-only) had attached a number of brake vans ...
Bruce McCartney /03/1969

This shed was established in 1903, supplementing a turntable which was located at the north end of Galashiels [1st] station, west side.
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Looking south over the site of Galashiels Station. The shed was on the left where the large building is. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Inside looking out. The closed (since April 1962) and unlit shed at Galashiels, seen here in January 1964. The building was being used at that time to ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 12/01/1964
A4 no 60026 Miles Beevor photographed at the rear of Galashiels shed in January 1964. (The shed had been officially closed since April 1962.) ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 12/01/1964

This junction faced Galashiels. Here the single track Selkirk branch, after crossing a viaduct, met the Waverley Route. The branch doubled just before the junction.
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A Tweedbank service passes the site of Selkirk Junction in Galashiels on 12 September 2018. It was one of those junctions named for the place it ...
David Panton 12/09/2018
The 0955 Edinburgh - Tweedbank has just run through the site of Selkirk Junction and passed below the Galafoot Lane footbridge on 11 September 2018. ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2018
Here, along a part of the old Selkirk- Galashiels line near Selkirk Junction there are extant wooden sleepers still visibly in situ. ...
Kathryn Cresswell 09/04/2017
It takes faith and imagination to plot the first 100 yards of the Selkirk
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David Panton 30/01/2018

This was built as a double track five arch viaduct. At present it carries one track and a footpath, the Southern Upland Way . The railway track is on the north side, path on the south.
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This is a terminus with two platforms on either side of an island and a large carpark. It is just north of A6091. The station is in the eastern extremity of Galashiels, being separated from the town by the River Tweed, and is just over a mile west of Melrose.
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The driver of 44871 sitting at Tweedbank is Peter Walker, Operations Manager (North) of West Coast Railways. Back in 2012, when the Campaign for ...
David Spaven 05/08/2018
The 20.5x on arrival at Tweedbank back from Waverley. Five coaches, 158 leading and 170 tied on. Not a nice night - horrendous rain and wind. ...
Bruce McCartney 04/10/2017
Approaching the pathway running along the south side of Tweedbank station in June 2017 via the shortcut from Tweedbank Drive. Just pulling into ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
My first 'First Class' seat since 4 Jan 1969. All the way from Gala to Tweedbank! The 14.17 ex Gala 170 at the Tweedbank terminus. ...
Bruce McCartney 13/03/2017

These sidings were approached by reversal from the southbound line.
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This was a two platform station. It had a large wooden roof over both platforms. The southbound (up) platform and building still stand. The trackbed is now occupied by the A6091.
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View south towards the 1849 Melrose station building in November 2016. ...
John Furnevel 10/11/2016
Platform scene at Melrose on 5 July 2013. ...
John Yellowlees 05/07/2013
Melrose looking to Tweedbank showing the footpath running by the A6091. Plenty of space here of track relaying! There was a very long siding to the ...
Ewan Crawford 06/03/2016
The Melrose station building seen in March 2011 from the approach road. ...
Colin Miller 23/03/2011

This was a short lived station to the east of Melrose.
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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 station was located in Newtown St Boswells, thus its original name, but was renamed for the larger nearby town.
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A north facing view of the west elevation of the locomotive shed at St Boswells and the Kelso branch platform. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/12/2015
The shed at St Boswells has undergone a restoration in the past year. This view looks south with the former bay for Kelso in the foreground and with ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2016
View from a window of the RCTS Borders Railtour near St Boswells on 9 July 1961 behind ex-NBR no 256 Glen Douglas and J37 no 64624. [See ...
K A Gray 09/07/1961
The bridge over the minor road to the north of St Boswells station originally carried two tracks and was extended on the east side as the goods yard, ...
Ewan Crawford 26/12/2015

A small single line shed existed to the north of St Boswells station, this was replaced, probably in anticipation of the opening of the Berwickshire Railway, with a larger two road shed at the south end in 1863. This shed lasted until 1959.
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This junction was south of St Boswells station, where there was a bay platform for branch trains, and was formed between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)] (1849) and the Kelso Branch (North British Railway) (1850).
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'Crab' 2-6-0 42752 off Carlisle Canal shed approaching Kelso Junction with a down freight in September 1962. [Ref query 681] ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /09/1962
Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 no 44767 with the much photographed northbound train of diesel shunters over the Waverley route on 11 April 1967, seen here ...
Bruce McCartney 11/04/1967
Approaching Kelso Junction from the south on 11 April 1967. Black 5 44767 is heading for Edinburgh hauling Hunslet class 05 DM shunters D2608, D2617 ...
Bruce McCartney 11/04/1967
A pickup freight off the Kelso branch is held at Kelso Junction in 1966 as a 'Peak' passes with a southbound train on the Waverley Route. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1966

This was a two timber platform halt built in connection with the nearby Charlesfield Munitions Factory. Platforms were to the south of the tall bridge over the roadway. Oddly the southbound platform was longer than the northbound.
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A night-time view looking north over the site of Charlesfield Halt towards the Eildon hills. [See image 58394]. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2017
Looking north from the site of Charlesfield Halt in February 2017. The Eildon Hills are just visible through the trees. ...
John Furnevel 14/02/2017
The remains of the wooden gate at the foot of the steep pathway leading to the up platform at Charlesfield; still visible through the undergrowth on ...
John Furnevel 14/02/2017
The bridge that once carried the Waverley route over an unclassified road, one and a half miles south of Newtown St Boswells, seen here looking east ...
John Furnevel 14/02/2017

This siding was south of Greenend Farm. The siding was on the east side of the line and reached by reversing. There was a signal box.
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This out of use double track viaduct is north of the former Belses station.
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View north up the west side of the disused Ale Water Viaduct. The viaduct is a mile north of the former Belses station and hides in the steeply sided ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2017

This was a two platform station.
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View south in failing light from the footbridge at Belses in 1974. For a similar view, in happier times, [see image 31873]. ...
Jim Scott //1974
Looking south, in failing light, from the track bed to Belses station in 1974. ...
Jim Scott //1974
Preserved A3 Pacific 4472 with the Flying Scotsman Anniversary Special on 16 April 1966. The special, which ran between Northallerton and ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 16/04/1966
Bridge over the Waverley trackbed just north of Belses on 20 May 2014. ...
Bruce McCartney 20/05/2014

Standhill Siding was a pair of sidings just south of Standhill Farm. The sidings were approached by reversal from the southbound line and were on the east side of the line.
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View north over the former sidings at Standhill Siding. Although the site has been landscaped the road bridge and Standhill Farm remain today. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2017
Much of the alignment of the Waverley Route between Hawick and St Boswells is relatively unobstructed, but at a number of locations the solum has been ...
David Spaven 09/08/2013

This station probably opened in 1850, the year after the line opened.
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A view of the completely restored/repaired at Hassendean footbridge. See
Tom Pyemont 02/11/2016
South end of the northbound platform at Hassendean. The signal box was beside the hut. It closed in 1965 and was demolished. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2018
Looking south to the unclassified road bridge over the line just south of Hassendean station in 1974. The sidings were on the left. ...
Jim Scott //1974
Hassendean looking north in 1998. For more information on how the station looks today, its restoration and its two luxury self catering holiday ...
Ewan Crawford //1998

This signal box controlled the northern approach to Hawick [2nd] station and yard, much of which was built on the site of Hawick [1st].
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A1 Pacific no 60121 Silurian with a Carlisle - Edinburgh semi-fast photographed north of Hawick in September 1964. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /09/1964
D30 Scott class 4-4-0 no 62428 The Talisman takes a northbound stopping train away from Hawick on the Waverley route in the summer of ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 05/08/1958
Haymarket BRCW Type 2 D5306 takes a northbound freight away from Hawick on 6 March 1969. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 06/03/1969
Hawick, with dismantling under way in 1969. ...
Bruce McCartney //1969

Hawick Shed opened with the line from Edinburgh. It remained on the same site until closure. It was to the immediate north of Hawick [1st] station, the original terminus, which was to become the site of the goods shed when the line was extended south through Hawick [2nd] in 1862. Further goods facilities opened to the north of the shed, resulting it its being in the middle of a goods ...

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C16 4-4-2T no 67489 languishes in the sidings at Hawick in the summer of 1958. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 10/08/1958
Another view of WD Austerity 2-8-0 no 90074, stabled alongside the south wall of Hawick shed on Sunday 24 August 1958 [see image 62589]. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 24/08/1958
Resident J35 0-6-0 64494 photographed in the shed yard at Hawick in 1958. Standing just beyond on the adjacent road is shedmate J36 0-6-0 65317. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1958
Scott class 4-4-0 no 62422 Caleb Balderstone in the shed yard at Hawick in 1958, its final year of operation. ...
K A Gray //1958

When built, this terminus was opened next to the north bridge over the River Teviot, a little way from the town centre.
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The view south towards the station, shed and goods yard at Hawick. The original station had been straight ahead and the replacement on the line ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2017
The goods platform at Hawick looking south. The original terminal station was to the left and out of shot to the left was the later built Border Union ...
Ewan Crawford //1998
This years annual Boxing Day outing of the Edinburgh East Joint Independent Treckers Society (EEJITS) had to be rescheduled to 27 December due to snow ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2017
View north from the station throat at Hawick. A little north from here the double line had loops on either side, a turntable to the left, sidings to ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2017