Langholm Branch (North British Railway)

Introduction

This branch line is closed. The railway ran north from Riddings Junction to Langholm. Largely a passenger line it also served Canonbie Colliery.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was the junction between the Waverley Route and the branch to Langholm. It was a three platform station, two main line platforms and the main northbound was an island whose second face, on west side of the station, served the branch.
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Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Ivatt class 4MT 2-6-0 no 43139 stands alongside the island platform at Riddings Junction with the Langholm branch train in the spring of 1961. In the ...
David Murray-Smith 16/03/1961
The Last B1 Excursion, behind 61278, heads home in fading light at Riddings Junction in December 1966, with the road clear for the Waverley ...
Bruce McCartney 03/12/1966
View looking south towards Riddings Junction. The former Langholm branch runs off across a viaduct to the right. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Kingmoor based Ivatt class 4 2-6-0 no 43027 stands at Riddings Junction with the Langholm - Carlisle branch train c 1962. ...
Joyce Barker Collection (Courtesy Langholm Archive Group) //1962
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This is a disused single track eight arch viaduct over the Liddel Water. It is on a gentle curve away from the former Riddings Junction. The viaduct is 480 yards long and 60 ft high.
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This signal box was south of Canonbie station at the start of the short branch to Canonbie Colliery. The box was on the west side of the line. Access to the colliery was from the north via a reversing spur on the east side of the line, running south from the box.
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The old goods shed at Canonbie, now in agricultural use, on 1st June 2019.
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Bill Roberton 01/06/2019
Old goods shed at Canonbie looking south. ...
Ewan Crawford //
The former goods shed at Canonbie, still being put to good use in November 2007. The local goods shed and yard here were located alongside the line ...
John Furnevel 03/11/2007
View north towards Canonbie station, Rowanburn, on the Langholm branch on 4 May 2013. The branch trackbed is on the left with the old route into ...
Bruce McCartney 04/05/2013
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An Ivatt 2-6-0 with the Langholm branch freight, seen here at Easter 1965 just to the north of Canonbie station. ...
Bruce McCartney //1965
The former Canonbie station, with platform on the left, seen during a North British Railway Study Group outing on 1st June 2019. See image 23362 ...
Bill Roberton 01/06/2019
The returning Langholm goods heading south in 1965 behind an unidentified Ivatt 2-6-0. Photographed from the former road bridge a quarter of a mile ...
Bruce McCartney //1965
Approach to the closed Canonbie station on the Langholm branch, seen from the B6375 road entrance on 3 November 2007. The road crosses the formation ...
John Furnevel 03/11/2007
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The Langholm branch freight photographed near Gilnockie in 1965. ...
Bruce McCartney //1965
The frame in its shed on Gilnockie station platform in 1961. [Ref query 11 November 2018] ...
David Murray-Smith 16/03/1961
The Langholm freight is temporarily halted alongside Gilnockie Station during Easter 1965. At this time a member of the train crew was responsible for ...
Bruce McCartney 27/03/1965
Ex-NBR 4-4-0 no 256 Glen Douglas with the joint SLS/MLS Carlisle Rail Tour on 6 April 1963. The locomotive is posing during a photostop ...
K A Gray 06/04/1963
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This siding was approached from the north and was located on the east side of the line immediately south of Tarras Viaduct. It served Glen Tarras Distillery which was off to the east. It also served a tile works.
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Grab shot of the Langholm goods being propelled over Tarras Viaduct by an Ivatt 2-6-0 in March 1965. ...
Bruce McCartney /03/1965
The Langholm branch freight crossing Tarras Viaduct in 1962. The 1862 viaduct was demolished in 1987. ...
Bruce McCartney //1962
The 1862 Tarras Viaduct on the Langholm branch. The last section of the viaduct was finally demolished in 1987. ...
Joyce Barker Collection (Courtesy Langholm Archive Group) //
An unidentified Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 with the branch train from Langholm crossing Tarras Viaduct on 12th April 1964. The train is on its way back to ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 12/04/1964
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This terminus was a single platform station, with a loop south of the platform. The station building was of two storeys with a small timber trainshed over the platform, a locomotive shed on the east side and goods yard with goods shed on the west side. The signal box (1894) was at the south end of the station on the east side of the line.
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An unidentified NB 'R' class 0-6-0T (later LNER Class J82) at Langholm, thought to have been taken in the early years of the 20th century. Langholm ...
Bruce McCartney Collection //
Having arrived earlier with the branch freight, Ivatt 2-6-0 43049 takes a break from shunting at Langholm in March 1965. The locomotive is standing ...
Bruce McCartney /03/1965
Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 no 43049 undertaking shunting operations at Langholm during the Easter period in 1965. The building dominating the right background is ...
Bruce McCartney //1965
A cab view to the south from class 4MT 43139 waiting in the platform at Langholm in March 1961. The loop is ahead and lever frame to the right. ...
David Murray-Smith 16/03/1961
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