Peebles Railway

Introduction

This line is closed. It ran from Eskbank (Hardengreen Junction), south of Edinburgh, to Peebles, later extended on to Galashiels. Between Eskbank and Hawthornden the line is now a cycleway, further south the line is partly ploughed-out but mostly walkable.

Why built

The line was built to carry passengers and goods from Peebles to Edinburgh.

Service

Passenger and goods trains operated over the line.






Dates

  /  /1853Peebles Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
04/07/1855Peebles Railway
Opened from Hardengreen Junction (Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway) to Peebles [1st]. Stations opened at; Hawthornden, Roslin [1st], Penicuik [1st], Leadburn, Eddleston and Peebles [1st].
01/08/1855Peebles Railway
Bonnyrigg [PR] opened.
  /06/1856Peebles Railway
Earlyvale Gate opened.
28/02/1857Peebles Railway
Earlyvale Gate closed.
01/06/1864Peebles Railway
Roslin [1st] re-named Rosslyn.
01/10/1864Peebles Railway
Peebles [1st] closed and becomes a goods depot and locomotive shed. Peebles [2nd] opened.
10/10/1864Peebles Railway
Peebles to Innerleithen opened. Stations at; Cardrona and Innerleithen.
18/06/1866Peebles Railway
Kilnknowe Junction to Innerleithen opened. Stations at; Thornilee and Clovenfords.
  /12/1866Peebles Railway
Bonnyrigg [PR] re-named Bonnyrigg Road.
15/01/1867Peebles Railway
Walkerburn opened.
01/08/1868Peebles Railway
Bonnyrigg Road re-named Bonnyrigg [PR].
  /03/1872Peebles Railway
Thornilee re-named Thornielee.
02/07/1872Peebles Railway
Rosslyn [Peebles Railway] is re-named Rosslynlee. Penicuik [1st] is re-named Pomathorn.
  /  /1876Peebles RailwayNorth British Railway
Peebles Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/01/1917Peebles Railway
Rosslynlee closed.
02/06/1919Peebles Railway
Rosslynlee re-opened.
09/07/1928Peebles Railway
Hawthornden re-named Rosewell and Hawthornden.
07/07/1947Peebles Railway
Pomathorn re-named Pomathorn Halt.
25/09/1950Peebles Railway
Peebles [2nd] re-named Peebles (East).
06/11/1950Peebles Railway
Thornielee closed.
07/03/1955Peebles Railway
Leadburn closed to passengers.
  /02/1958Peebles Railway
Peebles (East) re-named Peebles.
11/12/1958Peebles Railway
Rosslynlee Hospital Halt opened.
05/02/1962Peebles Railway
Hawthornden Junction (excluded) to Peebles to Kilnknowe Junction (excluded) closed to all traffic, passenger, goods and mineral trains operate as far as Rosewell and Hawthornden only.
11/09/1962Peebles Railway
Remains of line closed to passengers; Bonnyrigg station and Rosewell and Hawthornden station closed. (Alternative date 10/9/1962).
27/03/1967Peebles Railway
Line closed from Hawthornden Junction to Hardengreen Junction (excluded). The route was latterly used by freight trains for access to the Penicuik Railway.

Route described

The line ran south from Hardengreen Junction, south of Eskbank station, which was the junction with the former Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. From there the route ran near Penicuik south to Eddleston and Peebles. The line was later extended east, by the Galashiels, Innerleithan and Peebles Railway (North British Railway), to Galashiels to form a loop off the Waverley Route.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was the junction between the re-gauged Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway and the Peebles Railway. Hardengreen Yard was developed here and the Dalkeith Branch (North British Railway) later also reached this location.
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ScotRail 170458 accelerates away from the Eskbank stop and past the site of Hardengreen Junction on 12 March 2017 with the 0845 Tweedbank - Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 12/03/2017
Passing the site of Hardengreen Junction on the approach to Eskbank station on Sunday 14 August 2016 is the ScotRail 1011 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 14/08/2016
ScotRail 158741 passes the site of Hardengreen Junction [see image 17896] on 30 November 2017 with the 0924 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. The train is about ...
John Furnevel 30/11/2017
ScotRail 158867 with the 0911 Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank on the climb south between the old and new Eskbank stations on Sunday morning 20 March ...
John Furnevel 20/03/2016


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

This was a two platform station in the south of Bonnyrigg, built by the Peebles Railway. Bonnyrigg also served by Bonnyrigg [EVR], to the north.
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One of the imitation totems at Bonnyrigg station site. How does it compare with the real thing? Size and shape: excellent. Colour: excellent. Lining: ...
David Panton 14/03/2018
The frame of this lineside hut at Dalhousie Chesters is still looking good over 50 years since it last sheltered anyone in anger. It is located ...
David Panton 12/04/2017
The old platforms at Bonnyrigg, looking south on 24/03/2017. The fake totem is a nice touch; I wonder how many people think it's real and has hung ...
David Panton 24/03/2017
Bonnyrigg closed in 1962 but the platforms facings are still in place and a footpath/cycleway passes through. At each end of the old station a replica ...
John Yellowlees 28/02/2016






This was a two platform station.
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The site of the junction station of Rosewell, looking south on 14th March 2018. Take my word for it that both platforms survive. The literary
David Panton 14/03/2018
This Gorton Crossing is slightly easier to get to than the WHL one. It was an LC between Rosewell station (ahead) and Hawthornden Junction. Gorton ...
David Panton 14/03/2018
Rosewell and Hawthornden station site, looking towards Edinburgh in December 1976.
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Bill Roberton /12/1976
Rosewell and Hawthornden station viewed from the north. ...
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This was the junction between the Peebles Railway of 1855 and the Penicuik Railway of 1872. The junction was to the south of a level crossing immediately south of Rosewell and Hawthornden station.
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This single platform station was the first to serve Roslin, although it was quite some distance to the south and involved crossing the valley of the River North Esk and the zig-zagging roads between the two.
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The former station at Rosslynlee on the Peebles Loop, looking west over the site of the level crossing in March 2005. Originally opened as Roslin in ...
John Furnevel 30/03/2005
Rosslynlee station viewed from the south. ...
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Rosslynlee Station looking east towards Hawthornden. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006
Rosslynlee Station forecourt area. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006

This halt was opened to the north west of Rosslynlee Hospital. It had a short platform (20ft) on the east side of the line.
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A gap in the stone wall is the only reminder today of the halt at Rosslynlee Hospital Halt. Nothing remains of the platform, but a short section of ...
Ewan Crawford 26/12/2016
SLS Farewell to Peebles Tour 3rd February 1962

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Jim Currie (Courtesy Stephenson Locomotive Society) 03/02/1962
The SLS Farewell to Peebles railtour makes a photostop at Rosslynlee Hospital Halt on 3rd February 1962. J37 0-6-0 no 64587 is in charge. ...
David Stewart 03/02/1962


To the north of this level crossing were two sidings, on the west side of the line and approached from the south. The crossing keeper's cottage, with signal cabin at the north end, was on the west side of the line immediately south of the level crossing. Loanstone House and Loanstone village itself is to the north. There was no station here, Pomathorn was half a mile to the south.
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The Peebles Railway crossed the B7026 Auchendinny – Leadburn road at Loanstone, just under half a mile from Pomathorn station. On the east side of ...
John Furnevel 02/08/2016
Loanstone level crossing box and surviving gatepost alongside the B7028, on the Peebles branch north of Pomathorn in April 1985. The sign on the gate ...
Bill Roberton 07/04/1985
Loanstone looking south towards Penicuik and Peebles. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This was a two platform station with a loop. The main station building, of one storey, was on the northbound platform. To its south was a railway cottage There was a level crossing at the south of the station, the loop reversing to a single track to the south. The level crossing gates remained to accommodate two lines even after singling. The goods yard was on the west side, approached from the ...

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Pomathorn Station goods dock looking west towards Leadburn. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006
Pomathorn Station bay looking west towards Leadburn. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006
Platform edge with birch trees - remains of the platform at Pomathorn, looking east along the overgrown trackbed in August 2006. ...
John Furnevel 06/08/2006
Pomathorn Station looking east towards Rosslynlee. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006


This was both a station and junction. It opened at Leadburn, a four way road junction and the site of the Leadburn Inn.
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Leadburn Station looking north towards Pomathorn. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006
Looking south at the closed Leadburn station in snow. ...
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Leadburn station viewed from the south end. ...
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The remains of the station at Leadburn on the Peebles Railway, one time junction for the Dolphinton line. The station closed in 1955 and, following ...
John Furnevel 08/03/2015

This was a marshalling siding used in early the early days when locomotives were less powerful. A train could be set back here and combined with another southbound train going downhill to Peebles. This allowed heavy trains from the north to travel as far south as the siding as two separate trains before being combined.
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View south from Leadburn Summit in 2004. On the right was a siding used in the early days when steam engines were less powerful. A loaded train could ...
Ewan Crawford 30/10/2004
View through the driver's cab of the 07.54 Edinburgh-Galashiels via Peebles train shortly after leaving Leadburn on the last day of service, Saturday ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 03/02/1962


This single track viaduct was north of the site of Earlyvale Gate. ...

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This was, very briefly a year after line opening, the site of a halt. It was located at a level crossing called 'Earlyvale Crossing'.
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This station was in the west of Eddleston. It had one platform, then two and returned to one before closure.
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An appropriate road name at Eddleston, close by the closed station (in background). ...
John Yellowlees 09/04/2016
The old station building at Eddleston in February 2004. ...
John Furnevel 20/02/2004
Looking north over the former goods yard at Eddleston, being used to house the miniature railway of the Edinburgh Society of Model Engineers. ...
Bill Roberton //1972
Eddleston station viewed from the north. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This engine shed was provided just to the north of the original terminal station. It was originally accessed from the terminus but on extension of the line east to Galashiels was re-aligned to be approached from the north. ...

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This was the original terminus of the Peebles Railway which was left on a spur when the line was continued east to Galashiels. A new station was provided on the new line in 1864.
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