Esk Valley Railway

Introduction

This line is closed.






Dates

  /  /1863[Esk Valley Railway]
Act receives Royal assent
15/04/1867Esk Valley Railway
Opened from Esk Valley Junction (Peebles Railway) to Polton.
  /  /1871[Esk Valley Railway]
[North British Railway]
Esk Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
19/09/1951[Esk Valley Railway]
Polton to Eskbank (Esk Valley Junction) closed to passengers
18/05/1964[Esk Valley Railway]
Polton to Esk Valley Junction closed to freight

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a double track junction formed with the opening of the Esk Valley Junction which met the existing Peebles Railway. Access to both was from the north.
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Esk Valley Junction viewed from the north. ...
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The Polton branch left the Peebles line only a half mile or so after that line left the Waverley route at Hardengreen. Esk Valley Junction is not to ...
David Panton 25/03/2017
Looking north east towards the site of Esk Valley Junction in June 2013, more than 46 years after the last train passed through. The embankment on the ...
John Furnevel 25/06/2013


This small station was to the north of Bonnyrigg and south of Broomieknowe. The station had a single platform, on the north side of the single track line, and no goods yard. To the east the line ran to Esk Valley #junction past Eldin Colliery. To the west the line passed under High Street before entering Lasswade Tunnel, with the Bonnyrigg Carpet Factory to the south.
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Looking north over the site of Broomieknowe station. ...
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View west towards Bonnyrigg High Street on the route of the former Polton branch in 2014. The line ran in a cutting here to reach Broomieknowe station ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2014
The original 1868 Bonnyrigg station was renamed Broomieknowe a year after opening. The station site is now occupied by a modern health centre. The ...
John Furnevel 30/04/2013

This single track tunnel ran from Lasswade station in the west to Broomieknowe station in the east. The tunnel is out of use as line the closed in 1964. ...

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This was a single platform station. The platform was on the north side of the line.
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Looking south along the platform at the former Lasswade station. ...
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The site of Lasswade station in February 2015, looking towards the bricked up west portal of Broomieknowe Tunnel. Photographed through a gap in the ...
John Furnevel 20/02/2015

This single track disused six arch viaduct is on a gentle curve. It was immediately south of Lasswade station.
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Looking north west over Lasswade Viaduct and the valley of the North Esk, Autumn 2018. ...
John Furnevel 18/10/2018
View north from Polton Road over Lasswade Viaduct on 12 February 2017, with a new housing development now occupying the valley floor. [See image ...
John Furnevel 12/02/2017
My annual 'record' shot of Lasswade Viaduct, seen here on 26 November 2015 looking north from Polton Road. Note the building work currently underway ...
John Furnevel 26/11/2015
Looking west at the Lasswade viaduct. ...
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This paper mill was on the north bank of the River North Esk south west of Lasswade. It was served by the Esk Valley Railway from 1867.
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This mill was in Polton on the east bank of the River North Esk. It was north east of Polton station. After 1867 it was served by the Esk Valley Railway.
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This was a single platform terminus with a large goods yard.
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Looking north at the site of the former Polton terminus, now a housing estate. ...
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Looking south along the trackbed at Polton. Sleepers are still embedded in the ground. ...
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Steel reinforced driveway. Little remains of the Esk Valley Railway terminus at Polton, Midlothian, where 3 paper mills once stood. The station closed ...
John Furnevel 30/04/2013
Polton station. NB 4.4.2T 67492 on branch train. May 1949. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/05/1949

This paper mill was on the east bank of the River North Esk in Polton. The mill was, from 1867, rail served by the Esk Valley Railway.
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