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

  /  /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.
14/07/1847Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction, Cairney to Millerhill, re-alignment at Sheriffhall [2nd] and Dalhousie to Gorebridge opened.
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 [1st].
  /10/1852Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Newstead station closed.
01/07/1862Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Hawick [1st] closed to passengers on opening of the Border Union Railway (North British Railway).
  /  /1870Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Fountainhall station masters house built.
17/07/1871Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Auction Mart started by John Swan & Sons by the St Boswells station.
  /  /1901Lauder Light Railway
Opened, new signal box opened at Fountainhall for the new junction on the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).
14/12/1916Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
A major landslip at Ladhope Tunnel, just west of Galashiels [1st] station, blocks line.
  /  /1923Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Melrose station's timber roof removed.
  /  /1964Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Fountainhall becomes de-staffed.
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.
  /  /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.
03/06/2002Edinburgh 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.
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.

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 double track East Coast Main Line from Berwick-Upon-Tweed meets the single track line from Tweedbank and passenger trains run west to Edinburgh Waverley.
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View from a train passing Portobello Junction on 18 April 2007. The AMEC tamper is stabled in the sidings running alongside the Network Rail MDU and ...
John Furnevel 18/04/2019
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
Caledonian Sleeper liveried 73970 stabled at the Portobello wheel lathe on 1/4/17. ...
Jeffray Wotherspoon 01/04/2017
DVT 82132 leads a Waverley - North Berwick service through Portobello in the summer of 2004 during the period when Virgin locomotive hauled stock was ...
John Furnevel 26/07/2004

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 ...
John Furnevel 29/10/2017
The ScotRail 1011 Edinburgh - Tweedbank DMU calls at a leafy Brunstane on the first day of July 2018. ...
John Furnevel 01/07/2018
The ScotRail 1024 Edinburgh - Tweedbank leaves Brunstane on its way south on 21 October 2015 (official 'Back to the Future' day) during the ...
John Furnevel 21/10/2015
The empty stock for the 0847 (Sundays) Edinburgh - London Kings Cross passes Brunstane on the single line section of the sub on its way to the west ...
John Furnevel 15/09/2019

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 diverted empty stock movement from Craigentinny Depot to Waverley running past the site of Niddrie North Junction on 15 September 2019. The HST is ...
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ScotRail 380006 about to pass between the remains of the Lothian Lines bridge abutments at Niddrie North Junction on 8 July 2018. The train is an ...
John Furnevel 08/07/2018
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 ...
David Panton 13/07/2018
Weak December sunshine illuminates the 0752 Aberdeen - Kings Cross as it comes off the curve from Niddrie West and approaches Brunstane on its way to ...
John Furnevel 28/12/2019

This was the second Niddrie station, shown on contemporary OS maps as Niddry Junction.
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This junction is in the south east of Edinburgh. It controls the junction between the Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank line and the goods only line from Slateford and Haymarket. It is a busy location with freight, passenger trains and depot traffic, made difficult by the single track line north to Portobello.
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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 ...
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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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The British Rail Helvetica typeface dates this one. 'Millerhill Freight
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View from the Branch Line Society's Lothian & Fife Wanderer on 23 August 1980 of Millerhill Station on the stub of the Waverley Route. ...
Bill Roberton 23/08/1980
View north over the course of the main line in 1995. The forest hadn't quite got going yet at this date, but nature was taking over. ...
Ewan Crawford //1995
The former station building at Millerhill looking south. ...
John Yellowlees 07/11/2016

This location is out of use. The junction was immediately south of Millerhill station (1849). It was the junction between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) of 1847 and the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway of 1874. (The 1831 Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway alignment was off to the west.)
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Looking towards the Down arrivals yard ('Millerhill Yard Carlisle Arrival Sidings') at Millerhill in the 1980s, with the lifted Waverley Route on the ...
Bill Roberton //1985
View south at Millerhill in March 1987 with the main yard behind the camera. The Bilston Glen branch bears right and the new ECML Electrification ...
Bill Roberton 18/03/1987
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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A Sunday morning service on the Borders Railway approaching Kings Gate Points from the south on a misty 24 November 2019. The train is approximately ...
John Furnevel 24/11/2019
A Sunday morning service on the Borders Railway seen midway between the Eskbank and Shawfair stops on 28 May 2017. The 6-car 170 combination is ...
John Furnevel 18/05/2017
A northbound train on the Borders line midway between Eskbank and Shawfair on 29 April 2018, with more than a hint of spring in the air. The train ...
John Furnevel 29/04/2018
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




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 South Esk. The height over the South Esk is 80ft and the viaduct is around 1093 ft long. The southernmost arch is skew and crosses the A7. A minor road crossed under the second arch from the north end and the River South Esk passes under the third and forth arches. Alternative names include Lothianbridge, Dalhouse and South Esk ...

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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
With 2nd January 2018 being a public holiday in Scotland, there was a reduced rail service in operation. The 1124 Edinburgh - Tweedbank was one of ...
John Furnevel 02/01/2019
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 trio of 158s forming the Sunday morning ScotRail 1011 Edinburgh - Tweedbank crossing Newbattle Viaduct in pouring rain on 28 July 2019. The train is ...
John Furnevel 28/07/2019

This siding was at the south east end of the Newbattle Viaduct. It connected the new Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) to the former Marquis of Lothian's Waggonway at the south east end of the original Newbattle Viaduct [1st]. The bridge was removed but its approach was now used as a reversal to access the line east to Bryans Pit and other mines.
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The 0911 (Sunday) Edinburgh - Tweedbank has just cleared Newbattle Viaduct on a cold, grey November morning. The train is formed by ScotRail 170407 in ...
John Furnevel 10/11/2019
The site of the former exchange sidings at the east end of Newbattle Viaduct seen from the gated entrance off the B6482 Dalhousie Road in 2019. The ...
John Furnevel 08/09/2019

This signal box was at the south end of the Newbattle Viaduct it controlled entry to West Bryans Siding and the mineral lines to Bryans Pit etc. (See the West Bryans Siding entry.)
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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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With a puff of 'cushion' steam, 44871 brings up the rear of the first of the August 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' trips operated by the SRPS. ...
Bill Roberton 04/08/2019
A mid-morning train on the Borders Railway about to run south through the site of the first (1904) Newtongrange station in February 2016. The ...
John Furnevel 29/02/2016
A ScotRail 158 on the Borders Railway heads north after restarting from the Newtongrange stop on the morning of 12 October 2017. The train has just ...
John Furnevel 12/10/2017
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

The new bistro in the former Dean Oil Works at Newtongrange Station is being opened on 11 May by the
John Yellowlees 07/05/2019

This is a single platform station to the south of the original Newtongrange [1st] station.
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View north towards Newtongrange station on 9 July 2017 with the ScotRail 1011 (Sundays) Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank alongside the platform. ...
John Furnevel 09/07/2017
ScotRail 158740 seen shortly after leaving Newtongrange on 9 July 2017 with the 1011 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. The photograph is taken from the area on ...
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

This was a rail served coal depot. It was originally a loading point for coal from opencast (or non rail served mines). The site covered a large area on the west side of the Waverley Route just south of Newtongrange [1st] station. The Lady Victoria Pit was located just over the Waverley Route on its east side. Also known as Butlerfield. The Industrial Railway Society lists the location as ...

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Although still looking in reasonable condition, this Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST carrying running number 20 of the NCB Lothians Area gives the distinct ...
Bill Jamieson 25/05/1971

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
The 1045 (Sunday) Tweedbank - Edinburgh approaching the Newtongrange stop on 16 February 2020. The train is passing a point where industrial sites now ...
John Furnevel 16/02/2020
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

Track laying imminent at Arniston, between Newtongrange and Gorebridge, looking north towards Lady Victoria on 15th July 2014. ...
David Spaven 15/07/2014
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
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 158731 heading north between Gorebridge and Newtongrange on 4 August 2018. Beyond the trees on the right is the Gore Glen, while off to the ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2018
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
Running south on the Borders Railway between Newtongrange and Gorebridge, the 0853 (Saturday) Edinburgh - Tweedbank is approaching the Gore Glen ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2018
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 two storey station building remains standing. The platform occupies roughly the location of the original northbound platform. A similar building remains at Fountainhall.
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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
A 6-car DMU comprising 170452 + 170432 forming the 0945 (Sunday) Tweedbank - Edinburgh climbs north away from Gorebridge on 21 July 2019. ...
John Furnevel 21/07/2019
DMU 170403 does its bit for global warming as it powers north away from Gorebridge station on the climb towards the Gore Glen Bridge on 27 December ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2018
ScotRail 170427 seen shortly after leaving Gorebridge with the 0950 to Tweedbank (0924 ex-Waverley) on a grey 5 December 2019. The train will join the ...
John Furnevel 05/12/2019

This 'junction' is 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. It is not a true junction - there is only one railway here.
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Train in the rain. The 1125 Edinburgh – Tweedbank heads south shortly after restarting from Gorebridge on a wet 9 February 2016. ScotRail 158719 is ...
John Furnevel 09/02/2016
The 1128 Tweedbank - Edinburgh has just left the double track section at Fushiebridge points on 9 February 2016 and is passing below the new ...
John Furnevel 09/02/2016
The points at the northern end of the double track Gorebridge - Tynehead section of the Borders Railway. Long lens view north from Fushiebridge on 29 ...
John Furnevel 29/05/2015
Footbridge in a field. Looking back towards Gorebridge on a wet 9 February 2016 from the new footbridge just north of Fushiebridge points. The bridge ...
John Furnevel 09/02/2016

This was a two platform station. No new station has been provided here with re-opening of the line. The nearest station is Gorebridge. Stow is the next on the route south, formerly Tynehead was the next south.
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The 1029 Tweedbank - Edinburgh has just passed the signal controlling Fushiebridge Points and the single line section to Kings Gate on 28 November ...
John Furnevel 28/11/2019
ScotRail 158737 with the late running 1045 (Sunday) ex-Tweedbank passing the site of Fushiebridge station on 31 March 2009. The train is about to run ...
John Furnevel 31/03/2019
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
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 slightly cramped and located to the south of the road bridge. This was later the site of the goods yard only.
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Scene at Fushiebridge on 28 November 2019 with a southbound train on the Borders Railway passing through. The train has just cleared the site of the ...
John Furnevel 28/11/2019
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
View south at Fushiebridge, Sunday morning 20 April 2014. ...
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Scene at Fushiebridge on 6 July 2014 looking south. ...
John Furnevel 06/07/2014

This signal box broke the section between Fushiebridge station and Tynehead station. The box was located on the Borthwick Bank.
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Black 5 45407 at Borthwick with a Borders Steam special on 6th August 2017.
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Bill Roberton 06/08/2017
The SRPS Railtour from Linlithgow to Tweedbank battles up Borthwick
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David Spaven 20/08/2017
Author Sandy Mullay's description of a 'sinuous succession of curves'
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David Spaven 20/08/2017
Black 5 No. 44871 making a determined climb of Borthwick Bank with the Forth Bridge and Borders Steam Special just after mid-day on Sunday 20th ...
Bill Jamieson 20/08/2017

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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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
Red for danger. A signal lights the snowy track at the former Tynehead station. The view looks south. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2017

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
The 1259 Tweedbank - Edinburgh runs onto the double track section at Tynehead on 27 December 2016. ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2016
A Tweedbank bound ScotRail DMU about to run south through the points at Tynehead as it climbs towards Falahill on a sunny February afternoon in 2018. ...
John Furnevel 24/02/2018

This is a summit of 880 ft. 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, dating from 1894, on the east side.
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A Sunday morning train on the Borders Railway southbound at Falahill on 31 March 2019. ...
John Furnevel 31/03/2019
After rounding the curve at Falahill on 10 May 2018, the ScotRail 0855 Edinburgh - Tweedbank continues its journey south. At this point the train is ...
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
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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Scene to the south of Heriot in the aftermath of a snow shower on 27 December 2017. The train approaching is the ScotRail 1254 Edinburgh Waverley - ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2017
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
A southbound train runs through the site of Heriot station on the Borders line in April 2019. A pedestrian underpass was built here to replace the ...
John Furnevel 30/04/2019
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

The northern of the two bridges at Crookston in 2002. The bridge has been repaired and painted green. ...
Ewan Crawford 25/08/2002
The northern of the two viaducts at Crookston, just north of Fountainhall. This bridge is looking grand in its new green paint. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/03/2014
Contractors dismantle the remaining Up track of the Waverley Route in January 1972, at Crookston just north of Fountainhall. In this view looking ...
David Spaven /01/1972

The 0924 Edinburgh - Tweedbank southbound on the Borders Line between Fountainhall and Stow on 25 April 2019. The train is crossing the Gala Water on ...
John Furnevel 25/04/2009
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 0840 Newcraighall - Tweedbank crossing the Gala Water just north of Fountainhall on 30 August 2015. ...
John Furnevel 30/08/2015
Still no significant change in the temperature by the early afternoon of 26 December with the light already beginning to fade and the mist continuing ...
John Furnevel 26/12/2014

ScotRail 158740 northbound on the Borders Railway at Bower on 25 April 2019. The train is the 0958 Tweedbank - Edinburgh Waverley ...
John Furnevel 25/04/2019
The late running 0928 ex-Tweedbank northbound on the Borders line at Bower on 25 April 2019. ...
John Furnevel 25/04/2019
River, railway and road south of Heriot. Winter view looking east over the Waverley Route on 17 January 2009. ...
John Furnevel /01/2009
Another plate-girder bridge on the northern section of the Waverley route, this one south of Heriot. Photographed on 8 June 2008 looking east towards ...
John Furnevel /06/2008

This was a two platform station with a bay platform for the Lauder Light Railway. The main station building was on the northbound platform with a water tank at the south end of the same platform.
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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 ScotRail 0851 Edinburgh - Tweedbank passes the former station at Fountainhall on a hot and humid 25 July 2019. Part of the village can be seen in ...
John Furnevel 25/07/2019
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

Looking north to Fountainhall from Torquhan in 1997. Even before line clearance the trackbed here was in pretty good shape with the ballast still ...
Ewan Crawford 15/03/1997
A Waverley line bridge over the Gala water between Torquhan and Fountainhall. Earlier in the day, a large concrete pour was taking place, this was the ...
James Young 26/09/2009


The first SRPS 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' of August approaches Galabank Junction with 37685 bringing up the rear. ...
Bill Roberton 06/08/2017
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
The ScotRail 0928 Tweedbank - Edinburgh runs north alongside the Gala Water shortly after restarting from Stow on 25 April 2019. ...
John Furnevel 25/04/2019

A southbound train on the Borders Railway about to cross the Gala Water on its jourrney between Gorebridge and Galashiels on a bright and sunny 25 ...
John Furnevel 25/04/2019
A morning service on the Borders Line heading south through Galabank on 30 April 2017. The DMU will shortly cross the Gala Water before running onto ...
John Furnevel 30/04/2017
ScotRail 170432 forming the Sunday morning 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank about to cross the Gala Water southbound through Galabank on 30 April 2017. ...
John Furnevel 30/04/2017
It would be nice to describe 60009 Union of South Africa as sweeping downgrade at Galabank but in reality the Borders Line Steam Special has to crawl ...
Bill Jamieson 20/09/2015

This location is north of Stow station. It is the northern end of a double track section which has its southern end at Bowland Junction. From Galabank the line continues as a single track north to Tynehead Junction, a single line on the originally double track line. Galabank Bridge is to the north.
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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
67026 Diamond Jubilee emerges from the cutting just to the north of Stow. 10 September 2015 ...
Bill Jamieson 10/09/2015
67026 Diamond Jubilee leads the Borders Line Steam Special returning to Edinburgh, with 60009 Union of South Africa trailing. The train is approaching ...
Bill Jamieson 17/09/2015
The first SRPS 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' of August 2017 approaches Galabank Junction. 37685 brings up the rear. ...
Bill Roberton 06/08/2017

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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Former station building at Stow, closed with the entire Waverley Route in January 1969, seen here on Sunday, 15th May 2016. The station reopened as ...
David Bosher 15/05/2016
158871 disturbs the peace at Stow with a Tweedbank service on 31st May 2017. ...
David Panton 31/05/2017
Stow station, closed with the entire Waverley Route in 1969, reopened for the Borders Line in 2015, seen here on Sunday, 15th May 2016. Sadly, the ...
David Bosher 15/05/2016
158734 on the 1209 service from Edinburgh to Galashiels about to depart from Stow on 5th January 2019. ...
Colin McDonald 05/01/2019


Waverley route bridge at Ferniehirst, between Stow and Bowland in May 2009. ...
John Steven 04/05/2009
Railway bridge south of Stow on the Waverley Route, photographed on 8 June 2008 looking east across the valley of the Gala Water. One of a number of ...
John Furnevel 08/06/2008

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
Ballast train a little to the north of Bowshank Tunnel on 27 January 2015 with Freightliner class 66 locomotives 66613 (leading) and 66614 in charge. ...
Bill Roberton 27/01/2015
View north over the northern portal of Bowshank Tunnel towards the girder bridge across the Gala Water, 30th August 2013. ...
Ewan Crawford 30/08/2013

This is a double track tunnel carrying a double track line. To the immediate north is Bowshank North Bridge and to the south Bowshank South Bridge. The tunnel opened with the railway in 1848. It fell out of use when the Waverley Route closed in 1969. While out of use it was used for storage of farming equipment by local farmers. The railway re-opened in 2015. ...

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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
In the gloom of tree growth by the northern portal of the Bowshank Tunnel in 2002. ...
Ewan Crawford 25/08/2002
All quiet around the south portal of Bowshank Tunnel on Boxing Day 2014, with work temporarily halted over the holiday period. See image 49180 ...
John Furnevel 26/12/2014

View south from the southern portal of the Bowshank Tunnel. The photograph is taken from the approach to the former (removed) occupational bridge ...
Ewan Crawford 03/03/2014
Looking back at the south portal of Bowshank Tunnel on 9th September. ...
David Spaven 09/09/2015
Train 1X75, the South & West Railway Society Euston – Aberdeen Granite City, approaching Bowshank Tunnel behind V2 60836 on 3 September 1966. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 03/09/1966
Looking north at the south portal of Bowshank Tunnel. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997

Bowland was a two platform station. This was briefly the southern terminus of the line before it was extended south.
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Looking south along the Gala Water from Bowland Bridge on 16 June 2017. In the background a northbound ScotRail 158 on the Borders Railway is about to ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
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

This is not a true junction. It is the southern end of the double track line which commences at Galabank Junction to the north, at Stow. South from Bowland Junction as far as the terminus at Tweedbank the line is single track.
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Trackbed of the line on the girder bridge at The Whin in 2002, long before any work to reinstate the line had begun. Ballast had survived remarkably ...
Ewan Crawford 25/08/2002

This single track two span viaduct over the Gala Water is north of Torwoodlee Tunnel. It was rebuilt in 2015 using the rebuilt piers of the original double track viaduct here, closed in 1969. Between 1969 and 2015 the bridge girders were removed.
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One of the Borders Railway's most attractive overbridges, slightly marred by a crude (and unnecessary) heightened parapet, is at Torwoodlee north of ...
David Spaven 05/08/2018
A Crab 2-6-0 with a down freight alongside the Gala Water at Torwoodlee in the early 1960s. [Ref query 793] ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
On 7th April 1969, Trip E10 from Millerhill to Hawick heads south
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Ian Holoran 07/04/1969
Looking across the Gala Water at Torwoodlee in the early 1960s as a Crab 2-6-0 approaches with a northbound freight. See image 58078. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //

This single bore double track tunnel currently carries a single track. The line was closed between 1969 and 2015 when the single line was restored. At either end of the tunnel are bridges, Torwoodlee North Viaduct and Torwoodlee South Viaduct. The tunnel is on the east bank of the Gala Water close to the A9 as it leaves Galashiels to run north. A loop of the previous incarnation of the ...

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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
Northern portal of Torwoodlee tunnel. ...
James Young 26/03/2007
Signs of surveyor's paint in Torwoodlee tunnel on 26 March 2007. Trains will pass through here on a reopened Waverley Line to Tweedbank. ...
James Young 26/03/2007
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 is a two span single track viaduct, a substantial 2015 reconstruction of the original double track viaduct over the River Gala.
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A mid morning Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank 158 crossing the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on the approach to Galashiels in October 2015. ...
John Furnevel 09/10/2015
ScotRail 158782 crossing the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on the northern approach to Galashiels on 9 October 2015. The train is the 0824 Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 09/10/2015
South end of the restored railway bridge over the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on the northern edge of Galashiels. View east along the river on 31 August ...
John Furnevel 31/08/2014
Crossing the bridge over the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on the the northern approach to Galashiels on 9 October is 158869 with the ScotRail 0954 ...
John Furnevel 09/10/2015

With the mist over the town beginning to lift an Edinburgh bound train heads north out of Galashiels on an autumn morning in 2017. The ScotRail 158 ...
John Furnevel 09/10/2017
The former course of the A72 west of Galashiels in a view looking west in 2009. The Peebles line passed under here, its course now infilled. See image ...
Ewan Crawford 17/01/2009
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

This single track three girder viaduct crosses the River Gala in the west of Galashiels. It is a reconstruction of 2015 of the original double track viaduct. Single track girders rest on the double track piers of the original bridge. At the western end the bridge crosses a mill lade and former footpath.
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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
A morning train from Edinburgh to Tweedbank approaching Galashiels in November 2017. The 158 has just passed the site of Kilnknowe Junction and ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2017
With just over half a mile to run before its penultimate stop at Galashiels, DMU 158726 is about to make its final crossing of the Gala Water. The ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2017
Crossing the Gala Water on the northern approach to Galashiels on 4 August 2016 is ScotRail 158730 forming the 1154 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. The train ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2016

A southbound ScotRail 158 running between Kilnknowe Junction and Ladhope Tunnel on the northern approach to Galashiels on 11 September 2018. The train ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2014
An unidentified train heading north out of Galashiels in the 1960s. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
A down freight runs through Galashiels in the 1960s behind Doncaster based A1 Pacific 60128 Bongrace. ...
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A 158 on the northern approach to Galashiels on 11 August 2015. The ScotRail crew training turn is just over half a mile from Galashiels station. ...
John Furnevel 11/08/2015

A mid-morning Tweedbank - Edinburgh service runs north under the footbridge linking High and Low Buckholmside shortly after leaving Galashiels ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
The ScotRail 1128 Tweedbank - Edinburgh, seen shortly after leaving Galashiels station on 26 July 2018. The train has just cleared Ladhope Tunnel and ...
John Furnevel 26/07/2018
A 158 emerges from Ladhope Tunnel, shortly after leaving Galashiels station with a mid-morning Tweedbank - Edinburgh service on 11 September 2018. ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2018
The late running ScotRail 0824 Edinburgh - Tweedbank about to clear Low Buckholmside footbridge on the northern approach to Galashiels station on a ...
John Furnevel 22/03/2018

A Tweedbank - Edinburgh 158 service clears Ladhope Tunnel shortly after leaving Galashiels station on 16 June 2017. ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
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
An exceptionally hot day in Galashiels on 4 August 2016 sees ScotRail 158739 leaving Ladhope Tunnel with the 1159 ex-Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2016
Kingmoor Black 5 44884 runs through Galashiels with a down freight in May 1963. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /05/1963

The imposing retaining wall immediately north of Gala station was built by the NBR following a major landslip in 1916, and is one of the ...
David Spaven 05/08/2018
A Scotrail 158 photographed leaving Galashiels station and heading for Ladhope Tunnel one morning in June 2017. Ladhope Vale is on the right and the ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
158728 runs north alongside Ladhope Vale, Glashiels and is about to pass through Ladhope Tunnel on 16 June 2017. The train is the ScotRail 1029 ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
Walking the line - Galashiels, 1960s. (The figure is possibly J Dougan) ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //

The new Galashiels station has a single platform on a single track line.
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170404, on a service from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank, departing from Galashiels station on 27th February 2018 ...
David Bosher 27/02/2018
A ScotRail 158 about to pass south below Station Brae, Galashiels, on 9 October 2015. The Edinburgh - Tweedbank service is just 2 miles from its ...
John Furnevel 09/10/2015
An early afternoon service from Edinburgh pulls away from the platform at Galashiels on 9 November 2017 on its way to Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2017
A Tweedbank service pulls out of Gala on 9th October 2019. I got the same set on the way back and heard a passenger lamenting to her companion that ...
David Panton 09/10/2019


This was a three platform through station, originally covered with a large timber overall roof which was later replaced with platform canopies. Carriage sidings were on the east side.
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Approaching Galashiels from the south on 10 November 2016, the 1128 ex-Tweedbank crosses Currie Road bridge. Photographed looking north east from what ...
John Furnevel 10/11/2016
Not every trace of the original Galashiels station has vanished. These gateposts look a bit much for an office car park; in fact this was the entrance ...
David Panton 09/10/2019
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. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
A2 Pacific 60522 Straight Deal passing Galashiels shed with a down freight in the summer of 1963. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /07/1963

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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St Margarets B1 4-6-0 61242 Alexander Reith Gray shunting at Galashiels in the summer of 1963. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /07/1963
Scene in the sidings at Galashiels in the 1960s. The trio of railwaymen includes shunter J Jardine standing alongside St Margarets class 08 D3881, ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
Evenly Distributed. Herbert Romanis at work at Galashiels goods depot in the 1960s. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
A parcels van stands at Galashiels, thought to have been photographed in the 1960s. The route restriction board reads 'TO WORK ONLY ON DOWN & UP ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //

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. ...
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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
A1 Pacific 60121 Silurian passing Langlee on a southbound train shortly after leaving Galashiels in 1964. [Ref query 432] ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1964
The 1054 Edinburgh - Tweedbank passing the site of Selkirk Junction on 4 August 2016 shortly after leaving Galashiels. See image 48213 ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2016

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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A mid-morning service on the Borders Railway crosses the River Tweed northbound on 16 June 2017. ScotRail 158709 is about to come off the Red Bridge, ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2017
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
With the Eildon Hills forming the backdrop, an Edinburgh bound train on the Borders Railway comes off the Red Bridge over the River Tweed and runs ...
John Furnevel 16/06/2016
The 1128 Tweedbank - Edinburgh seen shortly after crossing the Tweed on the Red Bridge on 4 August 2016 during its 4 minute first leg to Galashiels. ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2016

This is the set of points at the west end of Tweedbank station where the track divides to serve the island platform.
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David Panton 09/10/2019
An Edinburgh service, having just set off from Tweedbank approaches the points for the single track section through Galashiels to Bowland Junction. ...
David Panton 28/03/2017
The most southerly of the points on the Borders Railway, all named as 'Junctions' is just west of Tweedbank station where the line splits to serve the ...
David Panton 12/09/2018
For a few hundred yards from Tweedbank westwards the Southern Upland Way is hard by the Borders Railway, sharing a viaduct over the Tweed. Though the ...
David Panton 12/10/2016

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 spare set at Tweedbank's Platform 2 has been pressed into service as the incoming train to the usual Platform 1 had been cancelled. This was to be ...
David Panton 20/03/2019
SRPS Railtour at Tweedbank on 18th August 2019. ...
John Yellowlees 18/08/2019
I took a Flat Rate ticket to Tweedbank on 5th January 2019, got off at Galashiels and walked down to Tweedbank, only to find the 13:01 back to ...
Duncan Ross 05/01/2019
Tweedbank 28/06/2016. 'You wait over 47 years for a train, and this 'thing' appears'!
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Colin Miller 28/06/2016

These sidings were approached by reversal from the southbound line.
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Darnick looking to Edinburgh showing the remains of a bridge over Lye Road and looking towards the site of the sidings.

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Ewan Crawford 06/03/2016

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
Main station building, eastbound platform, and trackbed seen from westbound platform. ...
Aitken Scott //
View east of the closed Melrose station. Platforms and buildings remained intact including the combined station building/goods shed to right. Before ...
Aitken Scott //
Platform scene at Melrose on 5 July 2013. ...
John Yellowlees 05/07/2013

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 (North British 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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St Boswells good shed, its subsidiary buildings and the yard's 3-ton
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Ian Holoran 05/04/1969
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

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
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
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 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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An old and battered North British Railway Company notice concerning bridge traffic, issued under the Locomotive Act of 1861... 'An act for ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //

This out of use double track masonry 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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A type 2 photographed with what could be the 13.00 Carlisle-Edinburgh train at the wayside station of Belses on the Waverley route some 45 miles south ...
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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
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

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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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
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
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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St Margarets V2 no 60813 with its distinctive shovel-rim smoke deflectors heads a down Waverley route freight past Appletreehall Road bridge ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1964
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
A couple of admirers watch from the top of the cutting as St Margarets B1 4-6-0 no 61191 nears the road bridge between Appletreehall crossroads and ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1964

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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Gresley A3 no 60098 'Spion Kop' photographed in the shed yard at Hawick on a bright and sunny summer afternoon in 1963. The Pacific was ...
K A Gray 02/06/1963
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 90004, 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
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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Locally based J36 0-6-0 65331 with a freight just north of Hawick station in August 1958. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 24/08/1958
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 old goods platform at Hawick, photographed looking east from the A7, Wilton Hill, in the summer of 2009. Hawick shed and yard once stood off to ...
John Furnevel 10/07/2009
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




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This location is out of use. The junction was immediately south of Millerhill station (1849). It was the junction between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) of 1847 and the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway of 1874. (The 1831 Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway alignment was off to the west.)
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Looking towards the Down arrivals yard ('Millerhill Yard Carlisle Arrival Sidings') at Millerhill in the 1980s, with the lifted Waverley Route on the ...
Bill Roberton //1985
View south at Millerhill in March 1987 with the main yard behind the camera. The Bilston Glen branch bears right and the new ECML Electrification ...
Bill Roberton 18/03/1987
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

The former Waterloo Pit, later a farm, with the course of a tramway off the NBR main line passing through the gate and over Old Craighall Road. ...
Bill Roberton //1987