Selkirk and Galashiels Railway

Introduction

This line is closed. The line ran south from near Galashiels to Selkirk.






Dates

  /  /1854[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
05/04/1856[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
Line opened.
  /  /1859[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
[North British Railway]
Selkirk and Galashiels Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1900[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
Abbotsford Ferry station opened.
05/01/1931[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
Abbotsford Ferry station closed, except for Braw Lads Gathering specials.
10/09/1951[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
Selkirk to Galashiels (Selkirk Junction) closed to passengers.
02/01/1964[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
Selkirk to Netherdale Siding closed to freight.
  /11/1964[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
Line closed.
03/10/1966[Selkirk and Galashiels Railway]
Netherdale Siding to Selkirk Junction closed to freight.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This junction faced Galashiels. Here the single track Selkirk branch, after crossing a viaduct, met the Waverley Route. The branch doubled just before the junction.
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The 0955 Edinburgh - Tweedbank has just run through the site of Selkirk Junction and passed below the Galafoot Lane footbridge on 11 September 2018. ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2018
Here, along a part of the old Selkirk- Galashiels line near Selkirk Junction there are extant wooden sleepers still visibly in situ. ...
Kathryn Cresswell 09/04/2017
It takes faith and imagination to plot the first 100 yards of the Selkirk
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David Panton 30/01/2018
The 1054 Edinburgh - Tweedbank passing the site of Selkirk Junction on 4 August 2016 shortly after leaving Galashiels. [See image 48213] ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2016


This was a single platform station to the north east of a level crossing by the River Tweed.
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Postcard view of the ferry over the River Tweed. Abbotsford Ferry station is on the right on the far bank. ...
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The Selkirk branch goods runs south through the remains of Abbotsford Ferry station in 1962. [See image 57014] ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1962
Guard Scott closing the gate at Abbotsford Ferry in 1962 following passage of the Selkirk goods. The line closed completely in 1964. [See image ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1962
A surviving bridge spanning the trackbed of the former Selkirk branch near the site of Abbotsford Ferry station. Photographed on 24 February 2007, ...
John Furnevel 24/02/2007

Boldside and Abbotsford Ferry station was located by the Abbotsford Ferry over the River Tweed. The location is now known as Boleside, after a house built following the opening of the railway.
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View south west along the trackbed of the Selkirk branch, running parallel with the Tweed at Boleside, seen from the site of the original Abbotsford ...
John Furnevel 18/05/2008
Site of the original 1856 Abbotsford Ferry station, looking south west along the Tweed towards Selkirk on a May morning in 2008. This station was ...
John Furnevel 18/05/2008

A class 08 running light engine along the Selkirk branch, thought to be in the early 1960s, crosses the River Tweed at Ettrickfoot [see image 57798]. ...
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Just under a mile south of Abbotsford Ferry the Selkirk branch crossed the Tweed on its way to Lindean. The railway bridge is long gone [see image ...
John Furnevel 17/08/2016
The railway bridge that carried the Selkirk branch over the River Tweed at Ettrickfoot, thought to have been taken in the early 1960s. The branch ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
Old photograph looking north east at Ettrickfoot featuring the bridge which used to carry the A7 over the River Tweed just upstream of its confluence ...
Bill Jamieson Collection //

This was a single platform station on the south bank of the Ettrick Water just south of Ettrick Bridge where a road ran east to the Lindean estate. To the west was Lindean Smithy and Lindean Mill, a corn mill with a mill lade. 'Lindean' described more an area than a village or town.
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The much modified and extended 1856 station building at Lindean in November 2016. The Galashiels - Selkirk branch lost its passenger service in 1951, ...
John Furnevel 10/11/2016
Looking north towards the site of Lindean station in August 2016 [see image 56634]. The former level crossing beyond which the station was located is ...
John Furnevel 17/08/2016
Approaching Lindean from the south with the Selkirk Goods, thought to have been taken in 1964 during the last days of the branch. [See image 57146] ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1964
The Selkirk branch looking north towards Lindean station, thought to have been taken some time in the 1960s. The station stood beyond the level ...
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This undistinguished plate girder bridge shows the crossing of the A7 road by the Selkirk branch near the entrance to Bridgeheugh Farm. The undated ...
Bill Jamieson Collection //

This was the terminus of the short Selkirk and Galashiels Railway built in the north of the town of Selkirk. The line was built to Selkirk to serve the town and increasingly, after opening, to serve the large number of mills in the town.
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Shunting operations in progress at Selkirk in 1964. The branch from Galashiels closed completely that year, with the last freight running on 30 ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1964
62471 Glen Falloch runs round at Selkirk on 4 April 1959 during a stop on the Branch Line Society Scott Country Railtour. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 04/04/1959
Class D34 4-4-0 no 62471 Glen Falloch photographed at Selkirk on 4 April 1959 during the Branch Line Society Scott Country Railtour. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 04/04/1959
The 1856 station at Selkirk saw its last passengers in 1951, with the line back to Galashiels closing completely in 1964. Nothing remains of the ...
John Furnevel 30/07/2014