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-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh Waverley with a branch to Haddington. Later expansions and acquisitions provided lines to Glasgow Queen Street, Stirling, Dundee, Hamilton [NB] , 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

  /  /    Burntisland Docks
17 acres site developed with 2 docks each with 6 coal hoists by the North British Railway.
  /  /1762Nor Loch, Edinburgh
Drained, this was the future site of North British Railway's Edinburgh Waverley station.
09/03/1837Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Branch to basin on the Carlisle and Port Carlisle Canal in Carlisle opened. The terminus later became Canal Yard and was an interchange point with the North British Railway who acquired the Carlisle and Port Carlisle Railway and Dock Company.
07/07/1844North British Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Alternative date 4/7/1844.
  /  /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.
  /  /1845Marquis of Lothians Waggonway
North British Railway
Waggonway purchased by the North British Railway.
21/07/1845Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway North British Railway
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway merged with the North British Railway.
  /  /1846Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Fisherrow branch modified to branch off North British Railway.
  /  /1846Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Original Fisherrow branch from Niddrie connected to North British Railway to form Niddrie to Monktonhall link.
16/06/1846North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Act passed.
18/06/1846North British Railway
Opened from Edinburgh North Bridge to Berwick and the branch from Longniddry to Haddington.
01/08/1846Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Line extended from Haymarket to meet the North British Railway at North Bridge station.
  /  /1847Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Musselburgh branch opened and Fisherrow closed to passengers.
  /  /1847North British Railway
Longtown Branch authorised (not built).
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.
  /  /1848North British Railway
Trinity College Church, Edinburgh, pulled down to make room for North Bridge station.
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].
01/08/1849Dunse Branch (North British Railway)
Line opened as double track, Duns to Reston.
13/08/1849North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Opened from Drem Junction to Williamstown.
17/06/1850North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Line opened completely to North Berwick.
27/01/1851[[Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Wallace Nick station, a temporary terminus by Kelso, closed.
  /10/1852Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Newstead station closed.
  /07/1856Jedburgh Railway
Line opened, worked by North British Railway. Jedburgh station had an all-over roof which was supported by the engine shed and station building. It is so far from the town a bus runs between the station and town.
  /  /1859Selkirk and Galashiels RailwayNorth British Railway
Selkirk and Galashiels Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1859Dunse Branch (North British Railway)
Line singled.
  /  /1859Border Union Railway (North British Railway) Port Carlisle Junction to Canal Junction Curve (Caledonian Railway) Caledonian Railway
Line authorised between Hawick and Carlisle. Running powers granted for the North British Railway over two a short portions of the Caledonian Railway. Gretna: Gretna Border Union Junction to Gretna GSWR Junction to allow traffic exchange with the Glasgow and South Western Railway using the NBR's proposed Gretna branch. Carlisle: Canal Junction [Carlisle] to Port Carlisle Junction to Carlisle Citadel, more importantly giving access to the intended southern terminus (not NBR owned).
  /  /1860Border Counties RailwayNorth British Railway
Border Counties Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1860Jedburgh Railway
North British Railway
Jedburgh Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1860East Benhar Mine (Fauldhouse)
Opened by Benhar Coal Co (served by the Benhar Branch (North British Railway)).
  /  /1860Clyde Trustees
Decide to build a wet dock (the Queens Dock) on their land at Stobcross. The North British Railway promotes the Stobcross Railway as a branch of the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway to serve it. (1860s).
  /  /1860Caledonian Railway Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
The North British Railway is authorised to use Carlisle Citadel.
  /  /1861Caledonian Railway Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Agreement to enlarge Carlisle Citadel station, owned by the Caledonian Railway and Lancaster and Carlisle Railway. A joint committee is to be created which will include the Glasgow and South Western Railway, Maryport and Carlisle Railway and North British Railway.
08/01/1861Caledonian Railway
The use of Carlisle Citadel by the North British Railway is agreed.
29/10/1861Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Opened from Canal Junction [Carlisle] to Scotch Dyke. Trains run from Carlisle Citadel. Stations opened at Harker, West Linton [Cumbria], Longtown, Scotch Dyke. North British Railway trains use Carlisle Citadel for the first time.
01/06/1862North British Railway
Hawick Junction (at Portobello) becomes Portobello East Junction.
03/06/1862Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Monktonhall Junction [1st] to Hardengreen Junction authorised with branch to Macmerry.
01/07/1862Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Hawick [1st] closed to passengers on opening of the Border Union Railway (North British Railway).
01/07/1862Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
The line from Edinburgh Waverley to Carlisle Citadel via Galashiels and Hawick [2nd] is completed. The line opened from Hawick [2nd] to Scotch Dyke. Stations opened at Hawick [2nd], Barnes, Shankend, Riccarton, Steele Road, Newcastleton, Kershope Foot, Penton, Riddings Junction (and Canonbie on the incomplete Langholm branch).
29/07/1862Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee RailwayNorth British Railway
Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
29/07/1862West of Fife Mineral Railway North British Railway
West of Fife Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
  /  /1863Wansbeck RailwayNorth British Railway
Wansbeck Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1863North British Railway
Buy Charlestown Harbour and extend it east.
  /  /1863Scottish Central Railway Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway Dundee and Newtyle Railway
The Scottish Central Railway absorbs the Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway and its lease of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway. The North British Railway is granted running powers over both the Dundee and Perth Railway and Dundee and Newtyle Railway routes.
  /  /1863North British Railway Scottish North Eastern Railway
Dundee Goods Station is to be used jointly by the North British Railway and Scottish North Eastern Railway.
01/05/1863Devon Valley Railway
Opened from Kinross to Rumbling Bridge (worked by North British Railway).
  /  /1864Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway
North British Railway, as successor to the Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway, is authorised to use Hilton Junction.
  /  /1865Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway
Scottish Central Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Running powers for the North British Railway were preserved.
  /  /1865Territorial Agreement
The 'Territorial Agreement' is made between the Caledonian Railway and North British Railway.
  /  /1865Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Bangholm Branch authorised. The proposed line was to link the Caledonian Railway and North British Railway.
12/03/1865Glasgow and South Western Railway North British Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway agree to grant each other running powers over each others lines.
01/08/1865Edinburgh 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.
  /  /1866Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Bill for the line presented with support from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and the North British Railway (who did not have a partner other than the North Eastern Railway route to Newcastle Central for taking traffic from the Border Union Railway (North British Railway) (Waverley Route) at Carlisle).
  /  /1866Dundee and Arbroath Railway
North British Railway authorised to purchase joint ownership of line.
  /  /1866North British Railway
Connection to the Dundee and Arbroath Railway authorised.
  /  /1867Forth and Clyde Canal Monkland Canal Forth and Cart Canal Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)) Drumpeller Railway Caledonian Railway
Forth and Clyde Canal (Forth and Clyde Navigation), Monkland Canal, Forth and Cart Canal and various assets such as the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)) and Drumpeller Railway, bought by the Caledonian Railway to compete with the North British Railway in the Forth - Clyde Valley. The North British Railway is given running powers over the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)). Caledonian Railway given running powers over the Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway to Larbert Junction
  /  /1867Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock
Running powers for the Caledonian Railway, who would work the Solway Junction Railway, obtained for the North British Railway owned line between Kirkbride Junction and Abbeyholme Junction.
  /  /1867Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
With the Caledonian Railway's take over of the Forth and Clyde Canal the North British Railway is given running powers over sidings at Bowling Basin, Bowling Basin Sidings [NB].
  /  /1868Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
An agreement with the London and North Western Railway is reached over use of the Ingleton Branch (London and North Western Railway) and Lancaster and Carlisle Railway by the Midland Railway. The route would involve the North Western Railway. The Midland Railway tries to abandon the Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway). The North British Railway and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway block the abandonment.
  /  /1868Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Caledonian Railway's proposed Bangholm Branch, associated with the Leith North branch (Act 1862), abandoned. (Today Bangholm Park borders, and is to the south of, the former Newhaven station.) The proposed line was to link the Caledonian Railway and North British Railway.
  /  /1868Dundee Sea Wall
Sea Wall and Esplanade authorised. Considerable land is to be reclaimed of the foreshore. The Caledonian Railway and North British Railway are to contribute to the expense.
  /  /1868Roughrigg and Gateside Collieries Branch (North British Railway)
Approximate year of opening to Roughrigg Colliery from Bowhouse.
  /  /1869Forth Iron Works Railway
Iron works closed. Line taken over by the North British Railway as the Kinnedar Branch (North British Railway) some time later.
  /  /1869Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Calderhead branch not built. (The area to north of Shotts already well served by lines now owned by the North British Railway.)
15/06/1869Caledonian Railway North British Railway
The North British Railway wishes to withdraw from the 'joint purse' arrangement then in operation.
14/08/1869Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)
North British Railway ceases to work the branch with the impeding take over by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1870Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Fountainhall station masters house built.
19/03/1870Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Line opened from Monktonhall Junction [1st] to Macmerry.
15/07/1870Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Tay Bridge [1st], Dundee [Tay Bridge [Station] ]] and line from Leuchars to Dundee authorised. Dundee's Dock Street Tunnel authorised. Running power access authorised for the Caledonian Railway between Buckingham Junction and Camperdown Junction.
31/07/1870Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Connection from Hardengreen Junction (Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway) to Smeaton (Macmerry Branch) opened.
19/12/1870City of Glasgow Union Railway
Gallowgate opened, used as a terminus by the Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) until the Glasgow College terminus was complete.
  /  /1871Esk Valley Railway
North British Railway
Esk Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Under construction. Contractor: John Waddell.
  /  /1871Wansbeck RailwayNewcastle and Berwick Railway
Curve (authorised in original Wansbeck Railway Act) put in to allow North British Railway trains to run into the main Morpeth station in either 1871 or 1872. The two companies built the curve towards each other, meeting in the middle. On opening the Wansbeck Railway trains stopped using the Blyth and Tyne Railway's Morpeth Branch terminus.
  /  /1871Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
The North British Railway takes over operation of the line from the F&CJR.
02/01/1871Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Line opened. With this opening North British Railway trains for Airdrie and the Monklands are diverted from Glasgow Buchanan Street to the new railway.
01/02/1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
College station opened on a site previously occupied by the University of Glasgow.
01/02/1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Opened.
17/07/1871Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Auction Mart started by John Swan & Sons by the St Boswells station.
22/07/1871Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Foundation stone of the Tay Bridge [1st] laid.
26/10/1871Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Whifflet [NB] to College passenger service starts.
  /  /1872Leslie RailwayNorth British Railway
Leslie Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1872Northumberland Central RailwayNorth British Railway
Northumberland Central Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/05/1872Macmerry 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.
  /  /1873Stobcross Railway
Cowdenhill Branch (North British Railway) authorised. Caledonian Railway given running powers.
  /  /1874Blyth and Tyne Railway North Eastern Railway
Line absorbed by the North Eastern Railway to stop the North British Railway from acquiring the line and developing an independent route into Newcastle, with its own terminus.
  /  /1874Caledonian Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Caledonian Railway granted running power over the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway. For westbound passenger traffic for the north, the Caledonian Railway must pause at Damhead Junction to pick up any North British Railway coaches. For goods and minerals the company may run from north of Larbert Junction and from Grangemouth Junction over the proposed Wester Dalry branch via Damhead Junction (later Haymarket West Junction) for Edinburgh, Leith and Granton traffic.
20/10/1874Stobcross Railway
Line opened by the North British Railway. The Caledonian Railway obtained permission for running powers to Stobcross and for goods yards at Partickhill and Stobcross. The Caledonian managed to gain join ownership of the Stobcross high level to Stobcross low level connecting line.
29/10/1874Whiteinch Railway Whiteinch Tramway
Opened as a branch from the Stobcross Railway from an east facing Whiteinch Junction. Railway operated by North British Railway and tramway by the Wood brothers.
  /  /1875Devon Valley Railway
North British Railway
Devon Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1875Stobcross Railway
Cowdenhill Branch (North British Railway) opened to Knightswood pits and brickworks, later extended to the Cowdenhill stone quarries.
01/08/1875Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Forth and Clyde Junction Railway lease to the North British Railway for 50 years.
  /  /1876Peebles RailwayNorth British Railway
Peebles Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1876Berwickshire Railway North British Railway
Berwickshire Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1876Penicuik Railway North British Railway
Penicuik Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/05/1876Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
First passenger train. Midland Railway trains run through Carlisle Citadel, continued north by the North British Railway or Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1877Leven and East of Fife Railway
Leven and East of Fife Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1877Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1877Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1877Camelon Ironworks Branch (North British Railway)
Grahamston Iron Works branch authorised.
19/01/1877Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Two spans blown from Tay Bridge [1st] during severe gales.
01/08/1877Leven and East of Fife Railway
North British Railway
Leven and East of Fife Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/08/1877St Andrews RailwayNorth British Railway
St Andrews Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1878Dundee and Perth Railway
Authorisation to expand and rebuild Dundee West station. The Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) opened in 1878 and the Caledonian Railway was facing competition from the North British Railway's new Dundee Tay Bridge [Station].
25/02/1878Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Tay Bridge [1st] inspected by Major-General C. S. Hutchinson for the Board of Trade between the 25th and 27th and is passed.
01/06/1878Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Junction to Broughty Pier closed to passengers with the opening of the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway).
01/06/1878Tay 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 [1st] was single track and the other part of the line double. The bridge had signal boxes at either end. The engineer for the line was Thomas Bouch, knighted after Queen Victoria travelled over the bridge.
01/06/1878Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Leuchars Junction [1st] closed on opening of the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) replaced by Leuchars Junction [2nd] to the south at the junction between the lines.
  /  /1879Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway North British Railway
Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway absorbed by North British Railway. (Alternative date 1879).
  /  /1879Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Agreement that a short portion of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway between Arbroath Harbour Junction and St Vigeans Junction should become joint Caledonian Railway and North British Railway.
  /  /1879Dalderse and Springfield Iron Works Branch (North British Railway)
Opened to Dalderse Goods and Mineral Depot. Also served Springfield Yard, Springfield Goods, Springfield Iron Works, Salton Iron Works, Springfield Saw Mills, Callendar Iron Works and the Dalderse Iron Works.
  /  /1879Camelon Ironworks Branch (North British Railway)
Opened to goods.
12/05/1879Newport Railway
Wormit to Tayport via Newport opened. A new short bridge opened from Wormit to meet the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) at a junction just offshore. A second signal box was at this junction.
28/12/1879Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Tay Bridge [1st] 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.
  /  /1880Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock North British Railway
Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock Company absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1880North British, Arbroath and Montrose RailwayNorth British Railway
Arbroath and Montrose Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1880Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Locomotive, Drummond 4-4-0 No 224, 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 [North Tyne], was made from metal from this engine.
  /  /1880Dalderse and Springfield Iron Works Branch (North British Railway)
Extended to Falkirk Gas Works.
01/02/1880Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway Caledonian Railway North British Railway
Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway). This involved the bulk of the former Dundee and Arbroath Railway between Camperdown Junction and near Arbroath station and a short portion of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway as far as St Vigeans Junction. This followed the opening of the Tay Bridge [1st] in 1878 and the impending opening of the North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway of 1880.
01/02/1880Carmyllie Railway
Becomes joint Caledonian Railway and North British Railway, when the Dundee and Arbroath Railway becomes the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway.
01/02/1880Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Junction to Broughty Pier re-opened following the Tay Bridge [1st] disaster - Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway).
  /  /1881Blane Valley RailwayNorth British Railway
Blane Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/08/1881Montrose and Bervie Railway North British Railway
The Montrose and Bervie Railway is absorbed by the North British Railway.
30/09/1881Montrose and Bervie Railway Caledonian Railway
End of the working by the Caledonian Railway of the Montrose and Bervie Railway. The North British Railway having bought the line.
15/10/1881Eyemouth Fishing Fleet lost
Terrible storms sink many fishing vessels from east coast ports, 189 fishermen lost, 129 from Eyemouth. Harmony, Radiant, Press Home, Janet, Lily of the Valley, James and Robert, Sweet Home, Brothers, and other vessels lost. Relief was provided from the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) disaster fund.
  /  /1882Carlisle and Port Carlisle Railway and Dock Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock
Caledonian Railway granted running powers between Abbeyholme Junction and Canal Yard (where connection was made with the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway) over the North British Railway controlled lines.
  /11/1882Glasgow and North Western Railway
Glasgow and North Western Railway proposed, the Bill presented to Parliament to seek approval.. The route was to have been a 167 mile long railway from Glasgow to Inverness via Fort William. Supported by the North British Railway and opposed by the Highland Railway, Caledonian Railway (part owners of the Callander and Oban Railway), Caledonian Canal, David MacBrayne and some landowners. The Bill was rejected in 1883. It was not built (a less ambitious variation of it, the West Highland Railway with an Act in 1889, did open).
  /  /1883Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Cessnock Dock and Railway authorised.
27/04/1883North British Railway Alloa Railway South Alloa Branch (Scottish Central Railway)
North British Railway given running powers over the Alloa Railway and South Alloa Branch (Scottish Central Railway) from Alloa to Greenhill Junction but must guarantee a minimum of traffic worth £3000 annually.
29/06/1883City of Glasgow Union Railway
Glasgow St Enoch station and approach lines south of Bellgrove taken over by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Lines north of Bellgrove taken over by the North British Railway.
01/08/1883Caledonian Railway
The Carmuirs Fork between Carmuirs West Junction to Carmuirs East Junction is opened to passengers. Running powers are granted to the North British Railway.
  /  /1884Dundee Suburban Railway
Agreement for operation with the Caledonian Railway and North British Railway. The line was to have run east from south of Fairmuir Junction past the north side of Dundee Law to turn south beyond the Eastern Necropolis and join the line near Camperdown Junction creating a loop via Dundee Tay Bridge [Station]. Stations were proposed at Kings Cross Road, Coldside, Maryfield and Craigie. A number of lines following a similar course were proposed, none were built.
28/07/1884Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
Act passed. This was partly in response to the proposed incursion of the North British Railway's Glasgow and North Western Railway from Glasgow to Inverness via Loch Lomond, Crianlarich, Glencoe, Fort William and the Great Glen.
  /  /1885Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
North British Railway
Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/08/1885Kelvin Valley RailwayNorth British Railway
Kelvin Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway. Or 31/03/1886.
  /  /1886Tranent Waggonway
Tranent Colliery to Meadowhill taken over by the North British Railway, Meadowhill to Port Seton dismantled.
  /  /1886Aberdeen Railway
Agreement allows the North British Railway to use Broomfield Siding and Broomfield Junction on the Montrose [CR] branch, crossed by Montrose to Bervie trains following the NBR's take over.
15/03/1886Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
College terminus closed.
01/10/1886Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Abbeyhill to Lochend Junction opened to passengers and freight. This line effectively quadrupled the main line of the North British Railway from Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction and provided a useful diversionary route.
  /  /1887Glasgow City and District RailwayNorth British Railway
Glasgow City and District Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/02/1887Glasgow City and District Railway Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayStobcross Railway
Circular service introduced by the North British Railway.
13/07/1887Tay 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.
  /  /1888Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway
The North British Railway and Caledonian Railway agree joint working of the line.
02/07/1888Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway
Railway opened to passengers and freight. Line operated by both the North British Railway and Caledonian Railway. Stations at Kilsyth (New), Colzium, Banknock, Dennyloanhead, Bonnybridge Central.
  /  /1889Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Leith New Lines planned; (Newhaven to Leith passenger terminus by North British Railway's Leith station, a triangular junction at Lochend with a line to Edinburgh Princes Street under the city with a branch to Waverley Market by Edinburgh Waverley station).
  /  /1889Dundee and Perth Railway
Dundee West station rebuilt with superb baronial building at entrance and large glass canopy covering the platforms behind. Station rebuilt with growing competition from the North British Railway's Dundee Tay Bridge [Station], to the south, following the opening of the second Tay Bridge.
01/05/1889Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Dundee Esplanade opened.
01/05/1889Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Wormit opened.
26/07/1889Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway
North British Railway
Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway merged into North British Railway.
  /  /1890North British Railway
Operate a horse bus in East Lothian.
  /  /1890Broxburn Branch (North British Railway)
Approximate year of opening.
  /  /1890Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway)
Line authorised, initially as an independent railway.
02/06/1890Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Aberdour opened.
04/07/1890Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Act received for a line from Newhaven to Seafield (Seafield Junction [CR] was for the line to the terminus and the North British Railway lines). Extension through Princes Street rejected.
17/08/1890North British Railway
Six of the Forth Ferry Steamers now redundant and scrapped.
  /  /1891Whiteinch Railway
North British Railway
North British buys the smaller line.
  /  /1891Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Plans of 1883 for the Cessnock Dock and Railway abandoned and new Princes Dock Railway authorised.
  /  /1891Glasgow and South Western Railway North British Railway
Bill to merge the Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway fails in the House of Lords.
  /  /1891Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway)
Bill promoted to extend the line west to Larbert and Grangemouth, both on the Caledonian Railway. Bill passes in the Commons but fails in the Lords.
03/07/1891Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
The Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway) are given an Act which allows a link from the Leith New Lines to Easter Road on the North British Railway. This connection was not built.
05/08/1891Strathendrick and Aberfoyle RailwayNorth British Railway
Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
31/10/1891Caledonian Railway North British Railway
The Caledonian Railway and North British Railway come to terms. Agreements relating to any future lines.
  /  /1892Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) Caledonian Railway North British Railway
Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway). Siding to Denny's Leven Engine Works at Dumbarton authorised.
  /  /1892Rough Castle Branch (North British Railway)
Opened from Falkirk High to Camelon Goods [NB].
  /  /1892Rough Castle Branch (North British Railway)
Approximate date of opening from Camelon Goods [NB] to Rough Castle Junction.
  /  /1892Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
North British Railway granted running powers over the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway between Shields Junction No 1 and Cessnock Dock Branch Junction at Ibrox station.
10/05/1892Caledonian Railway North British Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
The partners in the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) agree on the operation of the line and the connecting steamers from Balloch Pier.
  /  /1893William Baird and Company
Purchase mines at Santander, North Spain and the Monte de Hierro mineral field in south Spain. This traffic was initially received at General Terminus (Glasgow Harbour), but the harbour commissioners soon had plans for a new facility at Rothesay Dock served by the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway).
14/11/1893Aberdeen Joint
North British Railway banned from station.
18/12/1893Kincardine Branch (North British Railway)
Kincardine Junction to Kincardine opened.
  /  /1894Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Extension of time for completion.
31/07/1894Aberdeen Joint
Agreement confirmed which allows North British Railway access to Aberdeen Joint station. (The NBR had been banned from 14/11/1893.)
17/09/1894Kincardine Branch (North British Railway)
Kilbagie station opened.
  /  /1895East Fife Central Railway
North British Railway
East Fife Central Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1895North British Railway
Design chosen for the North British Hotel, Edinburgh, by Sir William Hamilton Beattie after a competition. North Bridge also raised.
  /  /1896City of Glasgow Union RailwayGlasgow and South Western RailwayNorth British Railway
City of Glasgow Union Railway absorbed and divided between Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway. The point of division was College East Junction (later High Street Junction) with Glasgow St Enoch and the line to the south west passing to the GSW. North of Bellgrove Junction and Parkhead Junction [NB] went to the NBR.
  /  /1896Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Curve to the Saracen Foundry has to be closed as it was in breach of the 1891 formal agreement with the North British Railway which owned the nearby former Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway already serving the works.
  /  /1896Bo'ness Dock
North British Railway authorised to take over Bo'ness Harbour and Bo'ness Dock. The Caledonian Railway is guaranteed running powers to the harbour.
  /  /1896Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
Caledonian Railway granted access to the Falkirk Gasworks over the Dalderse and Springfield Iron Works Branch (North British Railway).
03/03/1896Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway)
Line opened as a goods relief line between Invertiel Junction (Kirkcaldy) and Foulford Junction (Cowdenbeath) with a goods station at Auchtertool Goods.
  /06/1896Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Dumbarton Joint Goods opened on a new short branch from Dumbarton East Junction.
15/06/1896Forth and Cart Canal
In Clydebank the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway line makes use of some of the former route of the Forth and Cart Canal between Clydebank [CR] and Kilbowie. This swing north under the North British Railway to pass through Kilbowie Road station and then pass back over the NBR was planned to avoid the northern part of the Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard [2nd] and serve the Singer Works. A portion of the canal was left at either end, the southern part on the east side of the Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard [2nd].
01/10/1896Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
The North British Railway is forced to put its Dumbarton Central to Balloch Pier line into joint ownership with the Caledonian Railway to stop the Caledonian Railway from building a second railway (the proposed Dumbarton, Jamestown and Loch Lomond Railway) from Dumbarton to Balloch. The North British Railway now has to pay access charges for its section between Dalreoch Junction and Dumbarton East Junction. The Caledonian Railway is, from this date, admitted to the Balloch line.
01/10/1896Caledonian Railway North British Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
The Cordale Branch (Cordale Branch Junction to Cordale Works) of the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) is vested into the Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway.
  /  /1897Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway North British Railway
Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1897Anstruther and St Andrews Railway North British Railway
Anstruther and St Andrews Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1897Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Extension of time to complete line granted.
  /  /1897Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Siding from Dumbarton Central to the Denny Leven Engine Works opened.
01/01/1897Whiteinch Railway
Opened to passengers. A new connection was made to the line from the west of Crow Road. This replaced an earlier line which crossed under Crow road and joined at Whiteinch Junction which was further east (to the south of Gartnavel Royal Hospital). The route of this earlier line is now built over, but was slightly further south than the existing line. The North British Railway also built a spur from a west facing junction on the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway to a north facing junction on the Stobcross Railway.
08/05/1897Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway Clydebank to Dalmuir (North British Railway)
Extended from Clydebank Junction to Dalmuir. The original terminus, Clydebank [1st], is left on a short branch with a east facing junction, Clydebank Junction, and is re-named Clydebank East. Dalmuir [1st] is replaced by Dalmuir.
  /07/1897Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No 2 partly opened.
  /  /1898Cowdenbeath North Junction to Lumphinnans Central Junction (North British Railway)
Line authorised, in connection with the Forth Bridge.
  /  /1898Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Line authorised between Kincardine and Elbowend Junction.
  /  /1898Corstorphine Branch (North British Railway)
Branch authorised.
  /  /1898Cowdenhill Branch (North British Railway)
Extension of branch authorised.
  /  /1899Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway)
New Clydebank Dock (later named Rothesay Dock) authorised.
  /  /1899Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Princes Dock Joint Railway, formerly promoted as Cessnock Dock Railway), vested by the Caledonian Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway
  /  /1900Newport RailwayNorth British Railway
Newport Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1900Eyemouth Railway
North British Railway
Merged with North British Railway.
  /  /1900Alloa Wet Dock
North British Railway granted extension of time for works on Alloa Harbour.
  /  /1900Bo'ness Dock
Bo'ness Harbour taken over by the North British Railway.
  /  /1900Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
Authorised to make arrangements to have North British Railway work the line.
  /01/1900Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No 2 opened completely.
06/08/1900Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick RailwayNorth British Railway
Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1901Lauder Light Railway
Opened, new signal box opened at Fountainhall for the new junction on the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).
  /10/1901Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
New Cadder Yard, hump shunted, opened by the North British Railway.
  /  /1902North British Railway
North British Hotel, Edinburgh, opened.
  /  /1902Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Further time to complete line granted.
12/01/1903Glasgow City and District Railway Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayStobcross Railway
Circular service withdrawn.
01/07/1903Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Central Branch (North British Railway) to London Road Junction [Edinburgh] and Lochend South Junction opened.
22/07/1903Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway Highland Railway
Line opened by Eliza Stewart Ellice of Invergarry House. The service was operated by the Highland Railway who were keen to keep the North British Railway away from Inverness. Connecting MacBrayne steamers operating along the Caledonian Canal connecting the line to Inverness via Loch Ness and the canal. Stations opened at Gairlochy, Invergarry, Aberchalder, Fort Augustus and Fort Augustus Pier. The Lovat Arms and Station Hotel was rebuilt and reopened in connection with new line.
17/08/1903Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Joint line owned by the Caledonian Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway opened.
  /  /1904Dumbarton Burgh and County Tramways
Authorised. Act includes protection for the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) and Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway.
12/10/1904Alloa Railway
Alloa Bridge is badly damaged after being struck by the schooner 'Stirling' resulting in the fall of a span. The Caledonian Railway is allowed to reroute its trains to Alloa via Stirling. North British Railway trains also diverted.
  /  /1905Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway)
Caledonian Railway portion authorised.
  /  /1905Dalderse and Springfield Iron Works Branch (North British Railway)
Running powers to Caledonian Railway.
01/07/1906Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Line opened between Kincardine and Elbowbend Junction, contractor Robert McAlpine.
28/12/1906Dundee and Arbroath Railway
A North British Railway express which had been travelling from Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen Joint is blocked by snow at Arbroath and returns south. It strikes a local Caledonian Railway Arbroath to Dundee East train at Elliot Junction in a blizzard killing 22 passengers.
12/04/1907Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
Discussions of working agreement with North British Railway begin.
25/04/1907Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire RailwayGlasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) opened. The line was joint North British Railway and Caledonian Railway.
29/04/1907Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway)
Rothesay Dock opened by George, Prince of Wales and Duke of Rothesay.
01/05/1907Invergarry and Fort Augustus RailwayNorth British Railway
North British Railway start running service. Working agreement confirmed with the company.
30/12/1907Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Agreement to lift the toll to the North British Railway at Dalreoch from 15/05/1911.
30/12/1907Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway Caledonian Railway
Agreement between the North British Railway and the Caledonian Railway granting running powers in perpetuity between Gartsherrie NB Junction and Garnqueen South Junction.
  /  /1908Bainsford Branch (Caledonian Railway) Bainsford Branch (North British Railway)
By-pass line from Swing Bridge Junction to Fouldubs Junction partly opened. The western half was owned by the North British Railway (part of the former line to the Carron Iron Works) and the eastern was to be opened by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1908Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway
Absorbed by the North British Railway.
31/12/1908North British Railway West Highland Railway
North British Railway formally takes over the West Highland Railway line from Craigendoran to Fort William [1st], Mallaig and the branch to Banavie [1st].
  /  /1911Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Rebuilding of Arbroath station complete. (Caledonian Railway authorised to buy land in 1900 and North British Railway in 1907.)
31/10/1911Invergarry and Fort Augustus RailwayNorth British Railway
Line closed to all traffic as North British Railway withdraws.
  /  /1913Dalkeith Branch (North British Railway)
Hardengreen Junction to Smeaton mothballed.
  /  /1913Edinburgh Corporation Gorgie Cattle Market Branch (Caledonian Railway) Gorgie Cattle Market Branch (North British Railway)
Agreement between Edinburgh Corporation with the Caledonian Railway and North British Railway over the Gorgie Slaughter Houses.
  /  /1913Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
North British Railway authorised to construct additional sidings at Granton.
  /  /1913Gorgie Cattle Market Branch (Caledonian Railway) Gorgie Cattle Market Branch (North British Railway)
Caledonian Railway and North British Railway agree on access to the Gorgie Slaughter Houses in Edinburgh.
22/01/1913Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No 3 opened, contractor Robert McAlpine.
04/08/1913Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
Purchased by North British Railway who re-open the line.
  /11/1913Raw Pit (East Calder)
Closed by Coltness Iron Works for limestone (Raw Camps Quarry and East Camps Quarry). The Camps Branch (North British Railway) was directly associated with the quarry and carrying limestone from Camps Lime Works to the iron works.
  /05/1914Whiteinch Tramway
Wood Brothers liquidated and operation taken over by A and G Anderson using North British Railway engines and crew.
28/08/1914Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway North British Railway
North British Railway (Invergarry and Fort Augustus) vesting and confirmation Act passed as the North British Railway prepares to buy the line. (Or 24/08/1914.)
31/12/1914Invergarry and Fort Augustus RailwayNorth British Railway
North British Railway buys line and railway hotel (Lovat Arms and Station Hotel) at Fort Augustus.
18/08/1915Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No 3 closed for repairs.
  /  /1916Whiteinch Tramway
North British Railway takes over operation.
  /  /1916Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
North British Railway authorised to construct further additional sidings at Granton.
14/12/1916Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
A major landslip at Ladhope Tunnel, just west of Galashiels [1st] station, blocks line.
  /  /1917Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Seafield Shed [CR] leased to the North British Railway.
  /  /1919Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No 3 re-opened.
29/03/1919Cowdenbeath Loop (North British Railway)
All passenger trains start to use the Cowdenbeath (New) deviation.
19/08/1921Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Burntisland Harbour vested into the North British Railway.
  /  /1922Roughrigg and Gateside Collieries Branch (North British Railway)
Approximate year of closure.
15/05/1922Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Lifting of toll for North British Railway at Dalreoch.
  /  /1923Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Melrose station's timber roof removed.
01/01/1923North 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.
01/01/1923Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Both the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway and Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line become jointly owned by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway.
01/07/1925Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Macmerry to Ormiston (excluded) closed to passengers.
07/07/1930Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Alloa [1st] (Kincardine Junction) to Dunfermline Lower via Culross closed to passengers.
22/09/1930Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Smeaton closed to passengers, ahead of the closure of the line to Gifford to passengers.
03/04/1933Gifford and Garvald RailwayMacmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Gifford to Edinburgh (Monktonhall Junction) (excluded) closed to passengers.
02/10/1933Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Dundee Esplanade closed.
  /  /1934Dalkeith Branch (North British Railway)
Smeaton to Hardengreen Junction lifted.
  /  /1948Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Line used by expresses diverted from the East Coast Main Line.
13/08/1948Berwickshire Railway Dunse Branch (North British Railway)
St Boswells (Ravenswood Junction) to Duns closed to passengers (due to flood damage between Duns and Greenlaw).
13/08/1948Berwickshire Railway Dunse Branch (North British Railway)
Greenlaw to Duns closed to all traffic (flood damage).
05/12/1949North British Railway
Haddington to Longniddry closed to passengers.
  /  /1950Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Line used by expresses diverted from the East Coast Main Line.
  /  /1951North British Railway
Cockburnspath station closed.
07/04/1952Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)
Leith Central to Abbeyhill and Piershill closed to passengers.
07/04/1952Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Central Branch (North British Railway) closed to passengers. The route is retained for carriage sidings and later used as a DMU depot.
19/09/1955Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Parkhead North station closed.
08/01/1956Glasgow City and District Railway Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Boghead to Cowdenhead Branch (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways) Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Last regular Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Edinburgh Waverley via Shettleston, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Bathgate Upper service runs.
  /  /1958Ravenscraig Steel WorksGeneral Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
General Terminus re-built for importing coal and iron ore as the facilities at Rothesay Dock and the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) were not sufficient.
  /  /1958Rough Castle Branch (North British Railway)
Closed from Falkirk High to Camelon Goods [NB]. To Rough Castle Tar Works (excluded) closed 1960.
02/05/1960Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Macmerry to Ormiston (excluded) closed to freight. Goods depots at Macmerry and Winton closed.
05/08/1960North British Railway
Petition against closure of Portobello starts.
05/02/1962North British Railway
Ayton station closed.
05/02/1962North British Railway
Burnmouth station closed.
17/11/1963Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway)
Invertiel Junction to Cowdenbeath closed.
  /  /1964Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Fountainhall becomes de-staffed.
  /  /1964Dalderse and Springfield Iron Works Branch (North British Railway)
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society starts to assemble a collection at Springfield Yard.
  /05/1964Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Aberdour closed to goods.
04/05/1964North British Railway
Grantshouse station closed.
04/05/1964North British Railway
Reston station closed.
15/06/1964Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Kelso to St Boswells (Kelso Junction) closed to passengers.
15/06/1964Langholm Branch (North British Railway)
Langholm to Riddings Junction closed to passengers.
07/09/1964Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway) Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Musselburgh [2nd] to Joppa (Newhailes Junction) closed to passengers.
07/09/1964Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)
Closed to passengers.
  /  /1965Broxburn Branch (North British Railway)
Line closed.
  /  /1965Cowdenhill Branch (North British Railway)
Branch closed.
25/05/1965Gifford and Garvald Railway Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Saltoun to Smeaton (excluded) closed to freight. Ormiston goods depot closed.
06/09/1965Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
St Fort station closed.
29/09/1965Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Shankend crash; south-bound 02:22 freight strikes a stationary vehicle on the railway at Shankend and derails.
07/11/1966Dunse Branch (North British Railway)
Duns to Reston (excluded) closed to freight.
  /07/1967Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Bellgrove closed to cattle traffic. The Glasgow Cattle Market was located by the station.
18/09/1967Langholm Branch (North British Railway)
Langholm to Riddings Junction (excluded) closed to freight.
  /  /1968Bainsford Branch (North British Railway)
Line closed with the exception of a short portion at the eastern end which allowed access to the Falkirk Aluminium Works via the Bainsford Branch (Caledonian Railway).
01/01/1968Corstorphine Branch (North British Railway)
Corstorphine to Edinburgh (Haymarket West Junction) closed to passengers.
05/02/1968Corstorphine Branch (North British Railway)
Corstorphine to Edinburgh (Haymarket West Junction) closed to freight.
01/04/1968North British Railway
Haddington to Longniddry closed to freight.
01/04/1968Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Kelso to St Boswells (Kelso Junction) closed to freight.
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 Port Carlisle Railway and Dock
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.
07/01/1969Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Hawick [2nd] to Longtown (excluded) closed to all traffic.
28/04/1969Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Gorebridge, Lady Victoria Pit, (excluded) to Hawick [2nd] officially closed to goods.
04/08/1969Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Stainton Junction (excluded) to Canal Junction [Carlisle] closed to freight.
  /  /1970Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Leith North Goods closed. (Accessed from former North British Railway lines latterly).
  /  /1970Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Track lifted.
05/01/1970Kinross-shire Railway Fife and Kinross Railway Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)
Perth (Hilton Junction) to Cowdenbeath North Junction closed to passengers.
05/01/1970Fife and Kinross Railway
Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)
Bridge of Earn to Milnathort closed to all traffic.
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.
31/08/1970Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Longtown to Brunthill Siding (excluded) closed to freight. Longtown remains accessible via Gretna.
07/12/1970Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)
Closed to freight.
  /  /1971Dalderse and Springfield Iron Works Branch (North British Railway)
Branch closed to goods traffic but remains open to Springfield Yard for the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.
29/04/1972Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Central Branch (North British Railway) to London Road Junction [Edinburgh] and Lochend South Junction is closed.
01/05/1972Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)
Leith Central (DMU servicing) to Abbeyhill Junction and Piershill Junction closed.
06/09/1972Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway) Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Musselburgh to Joppa (Newhailes Junction) closed to freight. (Alternative dates: 1971, 7/12/1970).
31/12/1973Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Leith East Goods, last section of the line, closed. (Latterly accessed from North British Railway lines via Seafield Road Junction).
06/10/1975Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bridge of Earn Junction to Ladybank re-opened for passengers (after closure of the Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)).
  /  /1978Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Dalkeith Colliery closed.
  /  /1979Blindwells Opencast Mine
Rail served coal preparation and bunker plant opened by the former North British Railway.
17/03/1979North British Railway
Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses. Diversion of East Coast trains via Carlisle required.
  /  /1980Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Dalkeith Washery closed, line closed completely from Monktonhall Junction.
21/09/1980Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
Bellgrove station burnt down.
26/02/1982Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Baileyfield Switch and Crossing Works opened. (The original Baileyfield Switch and Crossing Works was opened here by the North British Railway in 1905. It closed in 1980 for rebuilding.)
  /  /1983Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway)
Goes out of use.
  /  /1985North British Railway
Perth Pool built on the former goods yard of the North British Railway by Perth station.
  /  /1985Stirling and Dunfermline Railway Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Longannet Power Station (excluded) to Alloa West Junction (excluded) out of use. Track left in place for possible re-opening.
  /  /1987Dalderse and Springfield Iron Works Branch (North British Railway)
Scottish Railway Preservation Society stock moved from Springfield Yard to Bo'ness.
  /  /1988Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway)
Single track line reinstated from Yoker Depot to the Rothesay Dock for imported coal trains from here to Kincardine Power Station (Kincardine Line). The former Rothesay dock yard was ripped up and replaced with a loop.
  /  /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.
06/03/1989Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway
Crash at Bellgrove Junction 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.
  /  /1991North British Railway
North British Hotel, Edinburgh, becomes the Balmoral.
  /06/1994North British Railway
Wallyford station opened.
  /04/1997Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Longannet Power Station to Kincardine Power Station re-opened to freight.
  /03/1998Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Dalgety Bay station opened.
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.

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 by Blyth and Cunningham 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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Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Borders Railway (Network Rail)
Edinburgh Waverley 40 April 2017. ...
John Yellowlees 30/04/2017
A grab shot of the splasher nameplate of the 'Flying Scotsman' from Waverley's
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Martin MacGuire 20/05/2018
Edinburgh Waverley Station was lit up blue to show solidarity with key workers and front-line NHS staff all across the country.
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Network Rail 23/04/2020
The North British Railway crest, one of a pair of windows in the Edinburgh Waverley conference room. ...
John Yellowlees 11/06/2019
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This pair of double track tunnels are to the east of Edinburgh Waverley and a little west of Abbeyhill Junction. Since electrification the tunnels carry single lines as the overhead equipment needed extra clearance.
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A Deltic powers the 100th anniversary Flying Scotsman up the 1 in 78 towards the Calton Tunnel on 18 June 1962. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 18/06/1962
An EE Type 4 about to haul an unidentified down working into the Calton Tunnel on a Spring day in 1966.
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David Spaven //1966
Tornado emerges from the Calton Tunnel with the Auld Reekie on 28 February 2009
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Norman Bews 28/02/2009
The empty coaching stock for the 'Heart of Midlothian', hauled by a B1 and banked by a V3, restarts following a signal check at Calton Tunnel ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 26/05/1962
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Back in the day these two bridges on Abbeymount each carried double tracks through Calton Tunnels into Waverley; now there is only one track through ...
David Panton 14/04/2020
Even the leafless January vegetation gets in the way of what would otherwise be a decent viewpoint in Regent Road Park. Therefore please think of this ...
David Panton 17/01/2019
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
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
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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 shed was located east of Edinburgh Waverley just west of Piershill Junction. It was on both side of the East Coast Main Line. There was a roundhouse and single ended shed to the north and another single ended shed to the south. Approach was from the west, with reversal to the roundhouse. There was a signal box, 'St Margarets', at the west end of the site which opened in 1868.
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Sunshine at St Margarets in April 1965, with Gresley V2 2-6-2 60816 centre stage. ...
K A Gray /04/1965
Ex NBR Class J35 64489 at St Margarets MPD in 1959. ...
David Murray-Smith 30/09/1959
64A St Margarets shed plate last carried by 42128 see image 28341. The layout of the lettering is unusual.
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Bill Roberton 05/04/2010
Ex NBR Class Y9 0-4-0T 68095 at St Margarets MPD in 1959. ...
David Murray-Smith 30/09/1959
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This is the junction for the disused line to the Powderhall Destructor. Approach was from the east.
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Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)


This a an important depot servicing trains used on the East Coast Main Line.
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Craigentinny wheel lathe is nominally part of Craigentinny depot, but is detached from it and is really in Portobello. This ScotRail 385 is probably ...
David Panton 14/05/2020
Grab shot from a train passing Craigentinny TMD early in the afternoon of 6 September 2007, showing Wabtec 08472 with a GNER coach standing alongside ...
John Furnevel 06/09/2007
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
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In 1858 a curve was opened from the 1846 North British Railway to the South Leith branch of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.
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Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
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 Leith South Junction ...
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
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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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New Portobello Station (North British Railway)
A complete load of rubbish. A full complement of compacted refuse containers from Powderhall eastbound through Portobello in August 2011 en route to ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2011
The Monday morning 'Binliner' crossing Baileyfield Road on the ECML through Portobello on 1 August 2011. DBS 67027 is hauling a full complement ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2011
A class 322 runs west past Portobello Junction on 1 August 2011 with the 10.36 North Berwick - Edinburgh Waverley service. The train has just passed ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2011
On the south side of the ECML between Portobello Station and Craigentinny Sidings, in an elevated position above Baileyfield Road, stood Portobello ...
Bill Jamieson 22/11/1970
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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
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Cute, isn't it? Craigentinny Wheel Lathe (actually in Portobello, not Craigentinny) has this remote controlled shunter seen standing outside the shed ...
David Panton 23/04/2020
The closed Freightliner terminal at Portobello in 1989. The four lines to the left are the terminal, the next two to the right are the loop at the ...
Ewan Crawford 12/06/1989
EWS 66078, having brought its load of imported Russian coal up the branch from Leith Docks, is held at signals at Portobello East Junction on 6 ...
John Furnevel 06/12/2006
D9021 prepares to take the inaugural Euro-Scot away from Portobello FLT in 1968. ...
Jim Peebles 07/10/1968
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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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Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
New Portobello Station (North British Railway)
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
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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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'Flying Scotsman' branded DVT 205 brings up the rear of the 07.30 from Kings Cross to Edinburgh at Joppa on 8th December 2018. A CrossCountry voyager ...
Bill Roberton 08/12/2018
380 007 passes Joppa with a North Berwick - Edinburgh service on 8 December 2018. The gable end of the old station house is just visible on the ...
Bill Roberton 08/12/2018
A4 60009 nears Joppa with the Railway Touring Company's 'Edinburgh Christmas Market' special from York on 8th December 2018.
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Bill Roberton 08/12/2018
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
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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
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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 its wake - there was nothing ...
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
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This junction opened in 1884. Also known as Newhailes East Junction. 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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Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway


This is a two platform station. The station is quite some way south of Musselburgh town centre and serves the newer housing and new Queen Margaret University campus.
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A southbound CrossCountry service passes through Musselburgh on 23 March 2019. For some reason there are no 'fast train approaching' warnings on East ...
David Panton 23/03/2019
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
A CrossCountry Aberdeen to Penzance service speeds through Musselburgh on 15 August 2019. For some reason there are no handy 'fast train approaching' ...
David Panton 15/08/2019
A North Berwick to Edinburgh service pulls into Musselburgh on 21 March 2020. This was the last day of regular weekday service before the emergency ...
David Panton 21/03/2020
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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 (British Railways).
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Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
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
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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. The signal box was at the west end of the westbound platform (it closed in 1924).
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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
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This was a short lived station. It was west of today's Wallyford station and north west of today's village.
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This is a minimal modern two platform station but with a large car park. The station is east of the original Wallyford [1st] station, which was very short lived.
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View west from the footbridge at Wallyford on 22 April 2018 with the 0845 (Sunday) Virgin Trains East Coast Newcastle - Edinburgh service having just ...
John Furnevel 22/04/2018
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
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This junction was located to the west of Prestonpans station.
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This is a two platform station on the East Coast Main Line served by local trains. The main station building is on the eastbound platform. The goods yard and shed were on the north side at the east end, the site is now the car park. The signal box (1881) was on the south side of the line at the east end of the westbound platform.
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Tranent Branch (North British Railway)
Prestonlinks Colliery Branch (North British Railway)
An Arriva CrossCountry Super Voyager passes Prestonpans with the 08.20 from Aberdeen to Penzance on 17th December 2019.
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Bill Roberton 17/12/2019
66147, and Maritime-liveried 66005, running about an hour late with the Mossend - Tees Dock intermodal service on 17th December 2019.
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Bill Roberton 17/12/2019
A London Kings Cross service races through Prestonpans on 10 August 2019. Note the red plastic barriers without which no Scottish station is complete ...
David Panton 10/08/2019
An afternoon Virgin Trains East Coast service runs south through Prestonpans station on 7 September 2016. ...
John Furnevel 07/09/2016
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A Permanent Way gang digging out stone (microgranite) ballast during a track renewal investigation in East Lothian. Note the use of the ballast graip. ...
Charlie Niven /11/1998
An LNER IC225 passes the disused branch to Preston Links Colliery (closed in 1964) and latterly Cockenzie Power Station (closed in 2013). The up loop ...
Bill Roberton 13/08/2019
View to the east between the Up Passenger Loop right and the line into Cockenzie Power Station yard curving off to the left during track renewal ...
Charlie Niven /11/1998
A coal train has just turned off the ECML after passing through Prestonpans station in April 2002 and is currently standing in the loop awaiting the ...
John Furnevel 12/04/2002
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A siding was laid on the south side of the North British Railway immediately west of where the Tranent Waggonway crossed overhead. The siding was approached from the west. A short curved branch was laid from the Tranent Waggonway which turned through 90 degrees from going north to west and ran parallel to the railway siding. Wagons were tipped from above onto railway wagons. With the ...

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This bridge was opened in 1846 to allow the North British Railway to pass under the much older Tranent Waggonway.
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Tranent Waggonway


Signal B2 (or was it B1?) controlled access to the hopper at Blindwells and is still standing many years after the track was lifted and despite the ...
David Panton 21/03/2020
The Blindwells NCB site is being prepared for housing, but the remains of the branch's connection to the ECML so far remain clear to see. Signal B1 ...
David Panton 12/01/2019
There was a long wait for this photograph. The driver of this Class 37 had some difficulty getting the train out of the disposal point (DP) siding ...
Charlie Niven /11/1998
Some sleepers and a fossilised signal mark the course of the Blindwells branch near Prestonpans. Currently this location doesn't appear in a search on ...
David Panton 23/05/2018
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This colliery was on the south side of the North British Railway east of Prestonpans and south of Seton House. Access was controlled by Riggonhead signal box which opened in 1906.
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This was a short lived station. It was located to the south of Seton House and Seton Chapel.
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A pair of HST power cars heading for Craigentinny in 1994, passing the site of Seton Crossing. The final HSTs were displaced from LNER service in ...
Bill Roberton //1994
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This level crossing is west of Longniddry station. The box was on the south side of the line, west of the road. A former railway cottage is opposite on the east side of the road.
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The road served by St Germains level crossing is pretty minor and leads to nowhere in particular. This is just as well as barriers come down well in ...
David Panton 10/08/2019
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
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
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There was a level crossing at Seton Mains once but the road it served was hardly more than a track so eventually the crossing was simply done away ...
David Panton 10/08/2019
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
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This short siding was on the north side of the line, west of Longniddry station. It was accessed by reversal.
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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 25 January 2020. ...
David Panton 25/01/2020
A Dunbar to Edinburgh service whooshes through Longniddry on 11 May 2019. It is a mystery to me why these services call only at Musselburgh. A YouTube ...
David Panton 11/05/2019
A Class 380 on a North Berwick to Edinburgh service draws up at Longniddry on 11 May 2019 as an opposite working retreats. The latter is formed of a ...
David Panton 11/05/2019
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
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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. There is a small car park.
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A Virgin CrossCountry Voyager speeds through Drem station on 13 December 2007. The train is the 1307 Edinburgh Waverley - Reading. ...
John Furnevel 20/04/2019
385123 enters Drem station with the 14.28 from North Berwick to Edinburgh on 22nd January 2019.
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Bill Roberton 22/01/2019
The up Highland Chieftain in GNER days. The 0755 Inverness - London Kings Cross HST speeds south through Drem station on 23 December 2007. ...
John Furnevel 23/12/2007
GBRf 66746, in maroon livery, draws out of Drem Down loop with the North Blyth - Fort William alumina train on 22nd January 2018.
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Bill Roberton 22/01/2019
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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
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This level crossing is between East Fortune (to the west) and East Linton. The crossing was formerly controlled by a signal box which was to the south of the crossing and on the south/west side of the line. This closed in 1965. ...

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91014 propels a VTEC service south at Markle level crossing on the ECML between Drem and Dunbar. ...
John McIntyre 29/04/2017
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This was a two platform station. A station building remains in use as a house, on the south side of the line. The station building is unusual, some parts predate the railway.
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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
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 East Linton station, closed 4th May 1964, seen from the delayed ex-14.00 service from Edinburgh Waverley to London King's Cross making an ...
David Bosher 28/02/2018
A southbound freight passing through East Linton on the East Coast Main Line on 7 January 1971. ...
John Furnevel 07/01/1971
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This pair of sidings was on the north side of the line, approached from the east. Opposite, on the south side of the line, was Beltonford signal box. The box opened in 1895 and closed in 1966.
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This is currently a single platform station. The platform is on a loop line from the eastbound/southbound track. Network Rail is building a second platform on the main westbound/northbound track.
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On platform weighing machine seen at Dunbar in 1988. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
A LNER Azuma hurries through rebuilt Dunbar on 31st January 2020. Looks like they have done a good job here but as yet there is no access off the new ...
Duncan Ross 31/01/2020
SB Rail Tamper 73904 ‘Thomas Telford’’ seen from a passing VT East Coast service. ...
Colin McDonald 22/09/2017
The second platform at Dunbar was officially opened today (17th). View east from the new platform showing the long new footbridge. ...
John Yellowlees 17/12/2019
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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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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
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
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
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This was a two platform station. The main building was on the westbound platform. The small goods yard was on the south side of the line, a loop serving a loading bank. Opposite this was a siding on the north side, approached from the east. There was a signal box at the west end of the eastbound platform.
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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
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This is a double track viaduct by John Miller over the Dunglass Burn, located north west of Cockburnspath. It is a seven arch viaduct. The central arch is 130 ft long and 120 ft over the burn. The north three and south three side arches are 30 ft long.
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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
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Known to the Railway Clearing House as Pease Bridge, later known by British Railways as Pease Siding and the bridge information plaque refers to it as Pease Lye. There were a pair of sidings from the southbound line, on the east side of the railway, approached by reversal. A public siding for agricultural use. The parent station was at Cockburnspath, not far to the north west.
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Overbridge 115 on the ECML in Berwickshire now called Pease Lye. See image [[
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Charlie Niven 17/11/2018
The loading bank at Pease Lye is still visible under a pile of ballast. Also known as Pease Siding or goods station it is located on the steep climb ...
Charlie Niven 30/09/2018
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This was a single tunnel, 244m long on the former North British Railway, now the East Coast Main Line.
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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
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
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
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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 ...
Douglas Blades Collection //
A southbound CrossCountry service on the ECML near Grantshouse on 19 February 2012. ...
John Steven 19/02/2012
GNER Edinburgh - London service north of Grantshouse in July 2006. ...
John Furnevel 04/07/2006
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This is a double track concrete viaduct over the young River Eye. The original stone bridge washed out during severe flooding in 1948 leading to diversions of East Coast Main Line trains over the Berwick - Kelso - Galashiels [1st] - Portobello East Junction route.
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A Class 47 hauled test train passes Houndwood travelling south east on the ECML in 1993. ...
Charlie Niven /02/1993
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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
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Two bridges at Peelwalls are listed C. Both are west of the former Ayton station.
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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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Eyemouth Railway
A southbound HST about a mile east of Burnmouth in 1988. The wires were still being installed. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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
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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 //
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This signal box was north of Berwick-upon-Tweed and south east of Marshall Meadows House and south of the Marshall Meadows Deviation.
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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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Newcastle and Berwick Railway
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
View of the main entrance to the building at the through station. ...
Ewan Crawford 29/09/2003
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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 25 January 2020. ...
David Panton 25/01/2020
A Dunbar to Edinburgh service whooshes through Longniddry on 11 May 2019. It is a mystery to me why these services call only at Musselburgh. A YouTube ...
David Panton 11/05/2019
A Class 380 on a North Berwick to Edinburgh service draws up at Longniddry on 11 May 2019 as an opposite working retreats. The latter is formed of a ...
David Panton 11/05/2019
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
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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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Coatyburn Siding in a view looking to Longniddry. The siding was on the right, the photograph taken from the point of divergence. There was a loading ...
Ewan Crawford 26/12/2019
The site of Cottyburn Siding on the Haddington railway. ...
John Yellowlees 21/10/2017
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This short siding was on the west side of the line and approached from the north. It was 40 chains south of Coatyburn Siding and west of Haddington. The siding served Laverockfarm, to the west, which was connected by a dirt track.
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View to Longniddry from Laverocklaw Siding. The siding was on the left - the boundary fence moves away from the centre line of the trackbed to ...
Ewan Crawford 26/12/2019
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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
Looking north across Station Road, Haddington towards the station site on Boxing Day 2019. The covered access stairway to the high level platform was ...
John Furnevel 26/12/2019
A night view of Haddington in 1997. ...
Ewan Crawford 15/03/1997
Interpretive signalpost on the Haddington Railway Walk. ...
John Yellowlees 22/10/2017
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Portobello West Junction to Baileyfield Signal Box

Opened 1847.

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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New Portobello Station (North British Railway)
A complete load of rubbish. A full complement of compacted refuse containers from Powderhall eastbound through Portobello in August 2011 en route to ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2011
The Monday morning 'Binliner' crossing Baileyfield Road on the ECML through Portobello on 1 August 2011. DBS 67027 is hauling a full complement ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2011
A class 322 runs west past Portobello Junction on 1 August 2011 with the 10.36 North Berwick - Edinburgh Waverley service. The train has just passed ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2011
On the south side of the ECML between Portobello Station and Craigentinny Sidings, in an elevated position above Baileyfield Road, stood Portobello ...
Bill Jamieson 22/11/1970
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This works manufacturers switches and crossings - points, the track hardware for junctions and siding turnouts. Voestalpine VAE UK
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Business at the Switch & Crossing works (to give it its former, more meaningful name) would seem to be brisk judging by the number of new rail lengths ...
David Panton 30/04/2018
The Voestalpine VAE works was fomerly known as Baileyfield S&C (switch and
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David Panton 08/02/2018
EWS 66095 with Russian coal from Leith Docks destined for Cockenzie power station in September 2006. The train is passing the VAE Baileyfield Switch & ...
John Furnevel 16/09/2006
Loading rails in the yard at Baileyfield switch and crossing works in June 1989. See image 6694 ...
Ewan Crawford 12/06/1989
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Access to Baileyfield Switch and Crossing Works was controlled by Baileyfield Signal Box which opened when the line was doubled in the 1912. The box closed in 1940 when its responsibility was absorbed by Kings Road Signal Box to the north.
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