North British Railway

Introduction

This line was promoted as a separate company by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway which did not want to risk the construction of an Edinburgh to Berwick branch. Its construction was encouraged by George Hudson.

This line provided a service between Berwick and Edinburgh with a branch to Haddington. Later expansions and acquisitions provided lines to Glasgow, Stirling, Dundee, Hamilton, Peebles, Galashiels, Aberdeen, St Andrews, Carlisle and a large number of other locations. Ultimately this company owned the largest track mileage of any Scottish railway company.

The mainline remains open and the Haddington branch is now a footpath.

The line between Edinburgh Waverley, North Berwick and Dunbar is supported and promoted by the East Lothian Community Rail Partnership .

The former North British Railway company is studied and memory preserved by the North British Railway Study Group .



Dates

07/07/1844[North British Railway]
Act receives Royal assent. Alternative date 4/7/1844.
  /  /1845[Marquis of Lothians Waggonway]
[North British Railway]
Waggonway purchased by the North British Railway.
  /  /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.
21/07/1845[Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway]
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway merged with the North British Railway.
16/06/1846[North Berwick Branch] ([North British Railway])
Act passed
18/06/1846[North British Railway]
Opened from Edinburgh North Bridge to Berwick and the branch from Longniddry to Haddington.
  /  /1847[Musselburgh Branch] ([North British Railway])
[Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway]
[Musselburgh Branch] opened and Fisherrow closed to passengers.
14/07/1847Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction, Cairney to Millerhill, re-alignment at Sheriffhall and Dalhousie to Gorebridge opened.
  /  /1848[North British Railway]
Trinity College Church, Edinburgh, pulled down to make room for North Bridge station.
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.
13/08/1849[North Berwick Branch] ([North British Railway])
Opened from Drem Junction to Williamston
17/06/1850[North Berwick Branch] ([North British Railway])
Line opened completely to North Berwick
27/01/1851[Kelso Branch] ([North British Railway])
Wallace Nick station, by Kelso, closed.
  /10/1852[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Newstead station closed
  /  /1859[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
[North British Railway]
Selkirk and Galashiels Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1860Border Counties RailwayNorth British Railway
Border Counties Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1860[Jedburgh Railway]
[North British Railway]
Jedburgh Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/06/1862[North British Railway]
Hawick Junction (at Portobello) becomes Portobello East Junction.
03/06/1862[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Monktonhall to Hardengreen authorised with branch to Macmerry.
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)].
29/07/1862Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee RailwayNorth British Railway
Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
29/07/1862[West of Fife Mineral Railway][North British Railway]
West of Fife Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
  /  /1863[North British Railway]
Buy Charlestown Harbour and extend it east.
  /  /1863[Wansbeck Railway]
[North British Railway]
Wansbeck Railway absorbed by [North British Railway].
01/08/1865[Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]
[North British Railway]
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1866Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton RailwayNorth British Railway
Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1870[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Fountainhall station masters house built.
19/03/1870[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Line opened from Monktonhall to Macmerry.
31/07/1870[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Connection from Hardengreen Junction ([Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway]) to Smeaton ([Macmerry Branch]) opened.
  /  /1871[Esk Valley Railway]
[North British Railway]
Esk Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1871[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
Under construction. Contractor: John Waddell.
01/02/1871[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
College station opened on a site previously occupied by the University of Glasgow.
01/02/1871[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
Opened.
17/07/1871[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Auction Mart started by John Swan & Sons by the St Boswells station
26/10/1871[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Whifflet to College passenger service starts.
  /  /1872[Leslie Railway]
[North British Railway]
Leslie Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1872[Northumberland Central Railway]
[North British Railway]
Northumberland Central Railway absorbed by [North British Railway].
01/05/1872[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Smeaton, Ormiston, Winton and Macmerry stations opened.
  /  /1873Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
North British Railway
Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1873Broxburn Railway
[North British Railway]
Broxburn Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1875[Devon Valley Railway]
[North British Railway]
Devon Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1876Peebles RailwayNorth British Railway
Peebles Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1876[Berwickshire Railway]
[North British Railway]
Berwickshire Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1876[Penicuik Railway]
[North British Railway]
Penicuik Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/08/1877[Leven and East of Fife Railway]
[North British Railway]
Leven and East of Fife Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/08/1877[St Andrews Railway]
[North British Railway]
St Andrews Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/06/1878[Tay Bridge and associated lines] ([North British Railway])
Public opening of bridge and line between Camperdown Junction, Dundee (Tay Bridge) station and Leuchars. The Tay Bridge was single track and the other part of the line double. The bridge had signalboxes at either end. The engineer for the line was Thomas Bouch, knighted after Queen Victoria traveled over the bridge.
  /  /1879[Glasgow Bothwell Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway]
[North British Railway]
Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway absorbed by North British Railway (Alternative date 1879).
28/12/1879[Tay Bridge and associated lines] ([North British Railway])
Tay Bridge Disaster. High Girders section of bridge falls in severe weather conditions. An evening train crossing the bridge falls with the High Girders and all on board are killed.
  /  /1880[Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock Company]
[North British Railway]
Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock Company absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1880[North British Arbroath and Montrose Railway]
[North British Railway]
North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1880Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway
[Caledonian Railway]
[North British Railway]
Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway).
  /  /1880[Tay Bridge and associated lines] ([North British Railway])
Locomotive retrieved from bottom of River Tay, nicknamed The Diver and put back in service. The letterbox, of Dalhousie station and now at the museum in Bellingham, was made from metal from this engine.
  /  /1881[Montrose and Bervie Railway]
[North British Railway]
Montrose and Bervie Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1881[Blane Valley Railway]
[North British Railway]
Blane Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
27/04/1883[Caledonian Railway][North British Railway][Alloa Railway][South Alloa Branch]
North British Railway given running powers over the Alloa Railway and South Alloa Branch from Alloa to Greenhill Junction on payment of £3000 annually to the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1885[Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway]
[North British Railway]
Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/08/1885[Kelvin Valley Railway]
[North British Railway]
Kelvin Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
15/03/1886[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
College terminus closed.
  /  /1887[Glasgow City and District Railway]
[North British Railway]
Glasgow City and District Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/02/1887[Glasgow City and District Railway]
[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
[Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]
[Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway]
[Stobcross Railway]
Circular service introduced by the [North British Railway].
13/07/1887[Tay Bridge and associated lines] ([North British Railway])
New double track Tay Bridge opened. (Alternative date 6/1887).
  /  /1888North Monkland RailwayNorth British Railway
North Monkland Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/05/1889[Tay Bridge and associated lines] ([North British Railway])
Dundee Esplanade opened.
01/05/1889[Tay Bridge and associated lines] ([North British Railway])
Wormit opened.
26/07/1889[Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway]
[North British Railway]
Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway merged into North British Railway.
  /  /1890[North British Railway]
Operate a horse bus in East Lothian.
02/06/1890[Aberdour Line] ([North British Railway])
Aberdour opened.
17/08/1890[North British Railway]
Six of the Forth Ferry Steamers now redundant and scrapped.
  /  /1891[Whiteinch Railway]
[North British Railway]
North British buys the smaller line.
05/08/1891[Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway]
[North British Railway]
Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1892Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line
[Caledonian Railway]
[North British Railway]
Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway).
18/12/1893[Kincardine Line] ([North British Railway])
Kincardine Junction to Kincardine opened.
17/09/1894[Kincardine Line] ([North British Railway])
Kilbagie station opened.
  /  /1895[North British Railway]
Design chosen for the North British Hotel, Edinburgh, by Sir William Hamilton Beattie after a competition. North Bridge also raised.
  /  /1895[East Fife Central Railway]
[North British Railway]
East Fife Central Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1896[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
[North British Railway]
City of Glasgow Union Railway absorbed and divided between Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway.
03/03/1896[Kirkcaldy District Railway] ([North British Railway])
Line opened as a goods relief line between Invertiel Junction (Kirkcaldy) and Foulford (Cowdenbeath) with a goods station at Auchtertool.
  /  /1897[Glasgow Yoker and Clydebank] Railway
[North British Railway]
Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1897[Anstruther and St Andrews Railway]
[North British Railway]
Anstruther and St. Andrews Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /07/1897[Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway] ([North British Railway])
Methil Dock No. 2 partly opened.
  /  /1900[Eyemouth Railway]
[North British Railway]
Merged with North British Railway.
  /  /1900[Newport Railway]
[North British Railway]
Newport Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /01/1900[Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway] ([North British Railway])
Methil Dock No. 2 opened completely.
06/08/1900[Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick Railway]
[North British Railway]
Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1902[North British Railway]
North British Hotel, Edinburgh, opened.
12/01/1903[Glasgow City and District Railway]
[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
[Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]
[Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway]
[Stobcross Railway]
Circular service withdrawn.
01/07/1906[Kincardine Line] ([North British Railway])
Line opened between Kincardine and Elbowbend Junction, contractor Robert McAlpine.
01/05/1907[Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway]
[North British Railway]
North British Railway start running service.
  /  /1908[West Highland Railway]
[North British Railway]
West Highland Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
31/12/1908[North British Railway]
[West Highland Railway]
North British Railway takes over the West Highland Railway line from Craigendoran to Mallaig and the branch to Banavie.
31/10/1911[Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway]
[North British Railway]
Line closed to all traffic as North British withdraws.
  /  /1913[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Hardengreen Junction to Smeaton mothballed.
22/01/1913[Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway] ([North British Railway])
Methil Dock No. 3 opened, contractor Robert McAlpine.
01/08/1913[Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway]
[North British Railway]
Line re-opened by North British.
28/08/1914[Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway]
[North British Railway]
North British Railway (Invergarry and Fort Augustus) vesting and confirmation act passed as the North British buys the line.
31/12/1914[Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway]
[North British Railway]
North British Railway buys line and railway hotel at Fort Augustus.
18/08/1915[Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway] ([North British Railway])
Methil Dock No. 3 closed for repairs.
14/12/1916[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
A major landslip at Ladhope Tunnel, just west of Galashiels station, blocks line.
  /  /1919[Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway] ([North British Railway])
Methil Dock No. 3 re-opened.
29/03/1919[Cowdenbeath Loop] ([North British Railway])
All passenger trains start to use the Cowdenbeath (New) deviation.
  /  /1923[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Melrose station's timber roof removed.
01/01/1923[North British Railway]
[Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
[Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway]
[Gifford and Garvald Railway]
[Newburgh and North Fife Railway]
[Lauder Light Railway]
Great Central Railway
Grouped into [London and North Eastern Railway].
01/07/1925[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Macmerry to Ormiston closed to passengers.
07/07/1930[Kincardine Line] ([North British Railway])
Alloa (Kincardine Junction) to Dunfermline via Culross closed to passengers.
22/09/1930[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Smeaton closed to passengers.
03/04/1933[Gifford and Garvald Railway]
[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Gifford to Edinburgh (Monktonhall Junction) closed to passengers.
02/10/1933[Tay Bridge and associated lines] ([North British Railway])
Dundee Esplanade closed.
  /  /1934[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Smeaton to Hardengreen Junction lifted.
  /  /1948[Kelso Branch] ([North British Railway])
Line used by expresses diverted from the East Coast Main Line.
05/12/1949[North British Railway]
Haddington to Longniddry closed to passengers.
  /  /1950[Kelso Branch] ([North British Railway])
Line used by expresses diverted from the East Coast Main Line.
  /  /1951[North British Railway]
Cockburnspath station closed.
07/04/1952[Leith Central Branch] ([North British Railway])
Leith Central to Abbeyhill and Piershill closed to passengers.
19/09/1955[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
Parkhead station closed.
08/01/1956Glasgow City and District RailwayCoatbridge Branch (North British Railway)Monkland and Kirkintilloch RailwayBathgate and Coatbridge Railway (Monkland Railways)Edinburgh and Bathgate RailwayEdinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Last regular Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Edinburgh Waverley via Shettleston, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Bathgate Upper service runs.
02/05/1960[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Macmerry to Ormiston closed to freight. Goods depots at Macmerry and Winton closed.
05/08/1960[North British Railway]
Petition against closure of Portobello starts.
05/02/1962[North British Railway]
Ayton station closed.
05/02/1962[North British Railway]
Burnmouth station closed.
17/11/1963[Kirkcaldy District Railway] ([North British Railway])
Invertiel to Cowdenbeath closed.
  /  /1964[Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)]
Fountainhall becomes de-staffed.
  /05/1964[Aberdour Line] ([North British Railway])
Aberdour closed to goods.
04/05/1964[North British Railway]
Grantshouse station closed.
04/05/1964[North British Railway]
Reston station closed.
15/06/1964[Kelso Branch] ([North British Railway])
Kelso to St Boswells (Kelso Junction) closed to passengers.
07/09/1964[Musselburgh Branch] ([North British Railway])
Closed to passengers.
07/09/1964[Musselburgh Branch] ([North British Railway])
[Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway]
Musselburgh to Joppa (Newhailes Junction) closed to passengers
25/05/1965[Gifford and Garvald Railway]
[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Saltoun to Smeaton closed to freight. Ormiston goods depot closed.
  /07/1967[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
Bellgrove closed to cattle traffic. The Glasgow Cattle Market was located by the station.
01/04/1968[North British Railway]
Haddington to Longniddry closed to freight.
01/04/1968[Kelso Branch] ([North British Railway])
Kelso to St Boswells (Kelso Junction) closed to freight.
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.
05/01/1970Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)Kinross-shire RailwayFife and Kinross Railway
Cowdenbeath to Perth closed to passengers, Bridge of Earn [2nd] to Milnathort closed to goods, Cowdenbeath to Milnathort singled.
05/01/1970Kinross-shire RailwayFife and Kinross RailwayGlenfarg Line (North British Railway)
Perth (Hilton Junction) to Cowdenbeath North Junction) closed to passengers.
05/01/1970[Fife and Kinross Railway]
[Glenfarg Line] ([North British Railway])
Bridge of Earn to Milnathort closed to all traffic.
07/12/1970[Musselburgh Branch] ([North British Railway])
Closed to freight.
01/05/1972[Leith Central Branch] ([North British Railway])
Leith Central (DMU servicing) to Abbeyhill Junction and Piershill Junction closed.
06/09/1972[Musselburgh Branch] ([North British Railway])
[Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway]
Musselburgh to Joppa (Newhailes Junction) closed to freight. (Alternative dates: 1971, 7/12/1970).
  /  /1978[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Dalkeith colliery closed.
17/03/1979[North British Railway]
Tunnel collapse at Penmanshiel diversions of east coast trains via Carlisle required.
  /  /1980[Macmerry Branch] ([North British Railway])
Dalkeith washery closed, line closed completely from Monktonhall Junction.
21/09/1980[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
Bellgrove station burnt down.
  /  /1985North British Railway
Perth Pool built on the former goods yard of the North British Railway by Perth station.
  /  /1989Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Millerhill Yard Junction (by Millerhill MPD, approximate location of the former Cairnie station) to Millerhill Junction (south of the former Millerhill station) closed.
06/03/1989[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Crash at Bellgrove station when a train leaves Bellgrove station passing a red light (SPAD) and runs onto the single lead of the Springburn line striking a train leaving the branch. 2 were killed and 40 injured.
  /  /1991[North British Railway]
North British Hotel, Edinburgh, becomes the Balmoral.
  /06/1994[North British Railway]
Wallyford station opened.
  /04/1997[Kincardine Line] ([North British Railway])
Longannet to Kincardine Power station re-opened to freight.
  /03/1998[Aberdour Line] ([North British Railway])
Dalgety Bay station opened.
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.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Edinburgh to Berwick

This is the main station in Edinburgh and acts as both a terminus and through station. The larger part of the station is covered by a large glazed roof and is an island platform with bays at either end. There is a smaller island platform outwith the main roof on the south side.
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TransPennine 350402 stands at platform 10 with the 16.11 to Manchester Airport on 27th October 2018.
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Bill Roberton 27/10/2018
A grab shot of the splasher nameplate of the 'Flying Scotsman' from Waverley's
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Martin MacGuire 20/05/2018
GBRf 66 739 Bluebell Railway, formerly at the tail of The Royal Scotsman, prepares to strike east at Waverley Platform 8. ...
David Panton 08/09/2017
170428, leading the 5-car 0730 Edinburgh to Inverurie service on 10th November 2018, displays the recently applied Armistice Centenary logo. ...
John Yellowlees 10/11/2018

46100 Royal Scot passing Abbeyhill eastbound on Sunday 14 August 2016 shortly after leaving Waverley with the ScotRail 'Borders Line Steam ...
Jim Peebles 14/08/2016
150.208 approaches Waverley from the east having just cleared the former Abbeyhill Junction in 1989. ...
Ewan Crawford 12/06/1989
An inbound class 380 on an East Lothian - Edinburgh service crosses Spring Gardens, near Abbeyhill on 11 October. In the background a class 91 ...
Bill Roberton 11/10/2011
The Abbeyhill Loop and direct connection between Waverley and Leith
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David Panton 12/02/2011

This station was west of the London Road overbridge and St Margarets Shed. The Duke's Walk and Queen's Drive ran west to Holyrood Palace. A loading bank and sidings were added to the north side. ...

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This a an important depot servicing trains used on the East Coast Main Line.
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Power car 91124 moves slowly through the shadows towards Craigentinny Junction and the ECML shortly after leaving the depot on 23 September 2018. The ...
John Furnevel 23/09/2018
LNER empty stock on the exit line from Craigentinny Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot approaching out of the sun on 23 September 2018. The ...
John Furnevel 23/09/2018
Another in the seemingly endless parade of empty stock movements from Craigentinny Depot to Waverley station on Sunday mornings. On 23 September 2018 ...
John Furnevel 23/09/2018
The 0911 Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank has just cleared the A1140 road bridge and is passing Craigentinny Junction southbound on 23 September 2018. ...
John Furnevel 23/09/2018

A consignment of Russian coal on its way from Leith Docks to Cockenzie PS in April 2007. EWS 66059 is climbing from the site of South Leith Jct to ...
John Furnevel 13/04/2007
A North Berwick train bound for Waverley speeds past Portobello Junction on the ECML in March 2007 as an EWS class 66 with a trainload of imported ...
John Furnevel 22/03/2007

This was the junction between the North British Railway main line and its short connecting curve which ran north to meet the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway's South Leith branch. The curve allowed trains from the east to join the branch and vice versa. It was opened to the west of Portobello [2nd] station.
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There have been three station at Portobello and presently (2018) none. The second station, opened by the North British Railway, was a two platform station with a building on each platform. To the immediate east was the original Portobello Junction (later relocated further east).
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The blocked up entrance to the subway leading to the island station at Portobello. The station closed in 1964 and there were calls for it to reopen ...
David Panton 17/05/2018


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

This was a two platform station which replaced Joppa [1st]. But unlike that station, this one was on the East Coast Main Line rather than the Waverley Route.
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70013 Oliver Cromwell nears Joppa with the 'Heart of Midlothian' charter from Huddersfield to Edinburgh on 17 March 2012. ...
Bill Roberton 17/03/2012
V2 2-6-2 no 60813 runs through Joppa station on 11 July 1959 with a southbound ECML service. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 11/07/1959
With the demolition of a former Driving Test Centre (a glorified shed) we
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David Panton 16/02/2018
Haymarket V2 no 60827 photographed passing through Joppa station in July 1959 at the head of an up ECML service. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 11/07/1959

The LNER 1000 Edinburgh - Kings Cross about to run south through the site of Newhailes station on the western edge of Musselburgh on 5 July 2018. ...
John Furnevel 05/07/2018

This junction was controlled by a tall signal box on the west side of the line and south of Newcraighall Road. The box was tall enough to see over the bridge. Both lines were double track.
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Newhailes Junction, former junction for Musselburgh, viewed from the west. ...
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Newhailes Junction signal box on 22 November 1970, still displaying its former name. The box stood near the point where the Musselburgh branch left ...
Bill Jamieson 22/11/1970
Deltic No. D9016 'Gordon Highlander' powers out of Edinburgh south of Newhailes Junction leaving a blue exhaust haze in
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Bill Jamieson 19/04/1970
A gloomy Tuesday afternoon in April 1970 as EE Type 4 No. 252 passes Newhailes Junction with the 11.50 Aberdeen to Kings Cross Freightliner service. ...
Bill Jamieson 14/04/1970

This junction opened in 1884. It was the southern end of a Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway curve connecting north west to the Fisherrow branch of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.
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This is a two platform station.
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Platform view north at Musselburgh on 14 October 2017, with the 1708 Edinburgh - Birmingham New Street CrossCountry service about to run through the ...
Andy Furnevel 14/10/2017
ScotRail 380010 arriving at Musselburgh on 29 July 2017 with the 1651 North Berwick - Edinburgh. ...
Andy Furnevel 29/07/2017
A North Berwick to Edinburgh service at Musselburgh on the afternoon of 30 June. It was really too late to go shopping in Edinburgh and too early to ...
David Panton 30/06/2018
A North Berwick service calls at Musselburgh on 30th June 2018. ...
David Panton 30/06/2018

This junction has had several different layouts and refers to several slightly different locations. The original junction was for the Macmerry Branch (North British Railway) the present version is between the East Coast Main Line (former North British Railway) and line to Millerhill Marshalling Yard.
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A northbound cement train photographed shortly after turning west off the ECML at Monktonhall Junction on 19 July 2018. GBRf 66736 is on the 1961 BR ...
John Furnevel 19/07/2018
View south east towards Monktonhall Junction in 1999, taken from the trackbed of the NB Lothian Lines route to Wanton Walls Junction. The ECML is on ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
View of Monktonhall Junction from eastbound (and with somewhat dirty windows) DMU. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
View from a diverted North Berwick-bound DMU. Looking west in 1989 along, on the left, the disused trackbed of the Lothian Lines line from Monktonhall ...
Bill Roberton //1989

This was a two platform station with the platforms passing under Carberry Road. The main station building was on the eastbound platform with a waiting room on the westbound.
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The 1000 Virgin East Coast Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross runs south through the site of Inveresk station on 3 May 2018. ...
John Furnevel 03/05/2018
60103 Flying Scotsman nears Inveresk with The Cathedrals Express from Kings Cross to Edinburgh on 13 May. ...
Bill Roberton 13/05/2017
The 0710 Leeds - Aberdeen Virgin Trains HST approaching Inveresk on 3 May 2018 heading for its next stop at Waverley. The eastern edge of Musselburgh ...
John Furnevel 03/05/2018
The 0900 Glasgow Central - Penzance CrossCountry service running south on the ECML through Inveresk on 3 May 2018. The route indicator signal on the ...
John Furnevel 03/05/2018


This is a minimal modern two platform station with a car park.
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The CrossCountry Trains 1008 Edinburgh - Plymouth about to run through Wallyford station on 22 April 2018. ...
John Furnevel 22/04/2018
A six-car service for North Berwick pulls into Wallyford on 4 November 2017.
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David Panton 04/11/2017
Less than 8 minutes into its journey, the 0930 VTEC Edinburgh - Kings Cross HST runs through Wallyford on Sunday 22 April 2018. ...
John Furnevel 22/04/2018
A North Berwick to Edinburgh service calls at Wallyford on Saturday afternoon, 9 June. Wallyford seems to be continually expanding, and the 10 minute ...
David Panton 09/06/2018


This is a two platform station on the East Coast Main Line served by local trains. To the immediate west is the Dolphingstone Deviation and to the east were goods lines to Tranent and Cockenzie Power Station. Also to the east the Tranent Waggonway crossed at right angles to the open railway.
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A six-car service from North Berwick to Waverley calls at 'The Pahns' on 31
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David Panton 31/07/2017
An afternoon Virgin Trains East Coast service runs south through Prestonpans station on 7 September 2016. ...
John Furnevel 07/09/2016
A North Berwick service calls at Prestonpans with a North Berwick service on 31 July. Prestonpans styles itself 'Scotland's Mural Town' and indeed ...
David Panton 31/07/2017
A Virgin (for now) East Coast service for King's Cross passes through Prestonpans at speed on the afternoon of 23 May. ...
David Panton 23/05/2015

This was a short lived station. It was located to the south of Seton House and Seton Chapel.
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A Dunbar service crosses St Germains level Crossing in the East Lothian countryside on 16th August 2017. The ScotRail services from Waverley to Dunbar ...
David Panton 16/08/2017
DBS 66151 passes St Germains on 17 May with empty pipe wagons from Leith South yard. ...
Bill Roberton 17/05/2011
Making waves. Privately preserved A3 Pacific 4472 Flying Scotsman passing St Germains on the approach to Edinburgh on 8 June 1969 with the Hull ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 08/06/1969
322484 passes St Germains with the 13.20 from North Berwick to Edinburgh Waverley on 17 May 2011.
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Bill Roberton 17/05/2011

Seton Level Crossing signalbox in 1978. This image provides a contrast to David Panton's photo Seton in 2017 [See image 60520]
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Bill Roberton //1978
Remains of the long-closed halt at Seton Mains are as scanty as information about it. The one picture on line has a train in the way! However at least ...
David Panton 16/08/2017

This is a two platform station. The station had a third platform for the Haddington branch on the south side.
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A North Berwick to Edinburgh service calls at Longniddry on 30 June. The branch was run with only three carriage sets that day, but being a Saturday ...
David Panton 30/06/2018
A North Berwick services eases out of Longniddry on a lovely 30 June 2018. ...
David Panton 30/06/2018
A class 322 arrives at Longniddry with a service to Edinburgh on 18 November 2010. ...
Brian Forbes 18/11/2010
A North Berwick service pulls into Longniddry, on the cold morning of 9th
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David Panton 09/12/2017

This was an extremely short lived station, most likely located to the north of Ballencrieff House and farm.
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This is a two platform station served by local trains from Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick. The original station building stands on the eastbound platform and a vintage waiting shelter on the westbound. Immediately to the east is Drem Junction where trains leave the East Coast Main Line to join the North Berwick Branch. ...

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A North Berwick service calls at Drem on 14 July. The Scottish Open was on at Gullane, so trains were full of golf fans who are marginally less dull ...
David Panton 14/07/2018
View west at Drem. ...
Rod Crawford 04/10/2015
EMU 322 485 arrives at Drem on 20 June 2009, the first stop on its journey from North Berwick to Edinburgh Waverley. ...
David Panton 20/06/2009
The lovely little station of Drem on an equally lovely spring day. It's hard to believe that the Down building (right) is a replica, the original ...
David Panton 12/05/2018

This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the eastbound platform. There were waiting rooms on each platform.
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Probably the slightly late running 11 30 Kings Cross to Edinburgh viewed from the Museum of Flight at East Fortune. ...
David Prescott 29/07/2018
Kings Cross - Aberdeen HST passing the former station at East Fortune on 19 September. ...
Bill Roberton 19/8/2007
View across the ECML at the former East Fortune station. May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 16/05/2007
The former station at East Fortune on the up side of the East Coast Mai Line, seen on 16 May 2007 from the road bridge. ...
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

This was a two platform station with a goods yard on the south side of the line at the west end of the station, approached from a loop of the westbound line.
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One of the former stations on the Edinburgh - Berwick route being considered for reopening is East Linton in rural East Lothian, some 20 miles out ...
Andy Furnevel 14/08/2018
The former goods yard at East Linton on 16 May 2007, looking east towards the main station building standing beyond the trees, with the ECML running ...
John Furnevel 16/05/2007
A southbound freight passing through East Linton on the East Coast Main Line on 7 January 1971. ...
John Furnevel 07/01/1971
Entrance to the station forecourt at East Linton from Station Road on 16 May 2007. Station House seems a bit of an understatement in this case! ...
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

This is currently a single platform station. The platform is on a loop line from the eastbound/southbound track. Network Rail plans to provide a second platform on the main westbound/northbound track.
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SB Rail Tamper 73904 ‘Thomas Telford’’ seen from a passing VT East Coast service. ...
Colin McDonald 22/09/2017
An Edinburgh bound train calls at Dunbar. A useful way of returning west having cycled the John Muir ...
Rod Crawford 16/10/2017
1633 ex-Waverley ScotRail train terminating at Dunbar. ...
John Yellowlees 25/09/2017
Commuters alighting from the 1633 at Dunbar. ...
John Yellowlees 25/09/2017

These sidings, serving the Dunbar Cement Works, are east of Dunbar station. The site was originally also known as East Barnes. Oxwell Mains was a farm to west.
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LaFarge cement works, Owellmains, south of Dunbar, on Boxing Day 2004. The ECML runs through the centre of the picture and part of Torness nuclear ...
John Furnevel 26/12/2004
60029 brings the empty Binliner out of the landfill sidings at Oxwellmains on 19 September as a GNER Kings Cross - Edinburgh service passes on ...
Bill Roberton 19/9/2007
Two Class 26s shunt the Blue Circle depot at Oxwellmains in July 1971. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) /07/1971
Looking south along a ghostly ECML at Owellmains on Boxing Day 2004. The LaFarge cement works on the right is shut down for the holiday period with a ...
John Furnevel 26/12/2004

The former station at Innerwick on the ECML, closed to passengers in 1951 and now a private residence. View north east with the road bridge over the ...
John Furnevel 06/07/2006
A Paris bound TGV speeding past the Chateau of a small but exclusive vineyard in the Dordogne perhaps... no, an Edinburgh bound Voyager passing ...
John Furnevel 06/07/2006
A1 Pacific no 60147 North Eastern approaching Innerwick in April 1964 with the 3.48pm (SO) Edinburgh - Berwick stopping train. The old A1 road ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /04/1964
The railwayman who inspired the photographer's life-long interest in railways - Signalman John Mack in command of Innerwick box in August 1931. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1931

This was a two platform station about a third of a mile north of the village.
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Torness Nuclear Power Station dominates the background as a coal train rounds the curve north of Cockburspath on a fine day in the summer of 2007. ...
John Furnevel 30/06/2007
Just over 30 miles out of Edinburgh on a summer's afternoon in 2007 a GNER Waverley - Kings Cross service speeds through the sweeping curve at ...
John Furnevel 30/06/2007
EWS 66103 brings the 06.37 Mossend - West Burton power station coal train south through the site of Cockburnspath station (closed 1951) on 14 July ...
John Furnevel 14/07/2006
An up ECML express rounds the curve north of Cockburnspath on 16 August, dwarfed by Torness nuclear power station standing on the north side of the ...
John Furnevel 16/08/2007

This was a single tunnel, 244m long on the former North British Railway, now the East Coast Main Line.
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Work in progress in 1979 on the diversion built following the collapse of Penmanshiel Tunnel. View north towards Penmanshiel Wood, on the east side of ...
Bruce McCartney Collection //1979
In original BR livery, an HST forming the southbound Highland Chieftain tackles the 1 in 96 Penmanshiel bank in the summer of 1984. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1984
Heaton A1 Pacific no 60116 Hal O' The Wynd with the up 'Queen of Scots' Pullman on the northern approach to Penmanshiel Tunnel in 1959. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1959
Taken on the 18th of October 2005, this view looks directly at where the southern portal of Penmanshiel Tunnel was from the former A1 overbridge. ...
Edward Pearce 18/10/2005

This was a two platform station immediately south of the small village of Grant's House.
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A Cross Country 221 passes the loops and civil engineers sidings at the site of Grantshouse station. The Voyager was on its way from Edinburgh to ...
Mark Bartlett 07/04/2018
Undated photograph of station staff at Grantshouse. Under magnification, the chap on the right has an LNER cap but the 'Come Back to Erin' poster ...
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A southbound CrossCountry service on the ECML near Grantshouse on 19 February 2012. ...
John Steven 19/02/2012
A Voyager at speed just north of Grantshouse in March 2004.The line runs parallel with the A1 at this point. ...
John Furnevel 16/03/2004

This was a three platform station and a junction. Goods and mineral trains from the south could enter the branch to Duns directly, passenger trains ran to a reversing spur south of the station before entering the branch. The awkward working was due to the station opening in 1846 and branch subsequently in 1849. The main station building, stone built and two storeys, was on the southbound ...

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Scene at Reston, Berwickshire, looking south on 14 August 2018. The Virgin East Coast 0800 Kings Cross - Edinburgh has just run through the site of ...
Andy Furnevel 14/08/2018
A4 60019 Bittern heading north past Reston Junction signal box on 4 November 1967 with an RCTS (West Riding Branch) special from Leeds City to ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 04/11/1967
The former station approach west from Main Street, Reston, in March 2010, with the old station house on the left. The gate currently provides an ...
John Furnevel 08/03/2010
The 1000 Kings Cross - Edinburgh Waverley passing Reston on 29 July 1967 behind D9010 King's Own Scottish Borderer. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 29/07/1967

Ayton station was to the south east of Ayton village, about half a mile away.
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This station served Burnmouth, it was in the north of the village, and was the junction for Eyemouth.
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Heaton shed's A3 Pacific no 60073 St Gatien draws the 2.25pm Edinburgh-Newcastle stopping service into Burnmouth on Saturday 27th January 1962. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 27/01/1962

This is the East Coast main Line crossing of England/Scotland Border between Burnmouth and Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
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Heading south towards Lamberton. ...
Ewan Crawford //2003
125 Heading north towards Lamberton Border Crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford //2003
Bridge spanning the former route of the ECML at Marshall Meadows, near Lamberton, north of Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2004. The bridge has since been ...
Colin Miller //2004
The Border sign at Lamberton. View looking south-west ... obviously. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is an island platform station. It is located at the north end of the Royal Border Bridge on the north bank of the Tweed.
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A rather grimy 43299 at the rear of the Highland Chieftain waiting to depart in National Express East Coast days. ...
Colin McDonald 10/07/2009
A quiet period at Berwick station on a July morning in 2005. View is north along platform 2 towards Edinburgh. The station was rebuilt by the LNER in ...
John Furnevel 05/07/2005
Berwick station viewed from the west. Road runs down to the old castle. ...
Ewan Crawford 29/09/2003
Detail of building on westbound platform, looking north. ...
Ewan Crawford 29/09/2003




Haddington Branch

This is a two platform station. The station had a third platform for the Haddington branch on the south side.
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A North Berwick to Edinburgh service calls at Longniddry on 30 June. The branch was run with only three carriage sets that day, but being a Saturday ...
David Panton 30/06/2018
A North Berwick services eases out of Longniddry on a lovely 30 June 2018. ...
David Panton 30/06/2018
A class 322 arrives at Longniddry with a service to Edinburgh on 18 November 2010. ...
Brian Forbes 18/11/2010
A North Berwick service pulls into Longniddry, on the cold morning of 9th
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David Panton 09/12/2017

This siding was not far from Longniddry on the Haddington branch. The siding was approached from the south and was on the east side of the line.
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The site of Cottyburn Siding on the Haddington railway. ...
John Yellowlees 21/10/2017


This was a single platform terminus with the platform on the south side of a loop. The line approached from Longniddry to the west. Opposite the platform, to the north, was the goods yard with shed, covered and uncovered loading banks.
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Haddington Railway Walk, the reverse side of the interpretive signalpost. ...
John Yellowlees 22/10/2017
Interpretive signalpost on the Haddington Railway Walk. ...
John Yellowlees 22/10/2017
New railway themed artwork in front of the old station at Haddington on 22nd October 2017. ...
John Yellowlees 22/10/2017
The surviving building at Haddington station is now the home of Lamp House Music. ...
John Yellowlees 22/10/2017