Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway

Introduction

This line is closed. The Caledonian Railway ran the Tinto Express by this line from Peebles to Edinburgh to compete with the North British Railway's Peebles-shire Express which ran via Leadburn. As the route was longer the Caledonian was keen to promote the quality of the service. Certainly for travelers to Glasgow this line was much more direct than the North British route.






Dates

  /  /1858Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
05/11/1860Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Symington [2nd] to Broughton [1st] opened. Engine shed opened at Broughton [1st].
  /  /1861Symington, Biggar and Broughton RailwayCaledonian Railway
Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
01/02/1864Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Broughton [2nd] to Peebles [CR] opened. Broughton engine shed closed.
  /  /1895Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Broughton [2nd] to Rachan 'Junction' effectively doubled (Rachan was the junction for the Talla Railway).
28/09/1895Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
First Sod of Talla Railway cut by Lady McDonald, wife of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
29/09/1897Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Tweedsmuir Express runs from Edinburgh Princes Street to Victoria Lodge.
08/09/1899Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
De-railment of Talla Railway locomotive at Broughton [2nd] blocks main line.
28/09/1905Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Talla Dam officially opened; two trains run from Edinburgh Princes Street.
28/09/1905Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Talla Railway closed.
  /  /1910Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Talla Railway materials offered for sale.
  /  /1912Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Talla Railway completely lifted (Dismantled by P. and W. MacLellan Ltd of Glasgow).
06/06/1950Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Peebles [CR] to Symington [2nd] closed to passengers.
07/06/1954Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Peebles West to Broughton [2nd] (excluded) closed.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a three platform junction station opened with the Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway. It replaced Symington [1st] around 1000 ft to the south. Between the two station was the goods yard on the east side of the line.
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DRS 66427 on a light engine movement from Carlisle to Grangemouth on 21 March 2011. The locomotive has just crossed the bridge over the A72 and is ...
John Furnevel 21/03/2011
Ex-LMS Crab 2-6-0 42737 with Scottish Rambler No 3 at Symington on 29 March 1964 having just returned from a trip along the branch to ...
K A Gray 29/03/1964
Kingmoor Black 5 45105 approaching Symington from the south on 10 July 1965. The train is a summer Saturday relief from Morecambe to Glasgow Central. ...
John Robin 10/07/1965
The 12.54 Glasgow Central - Manchester Airport TransPennine Express service runs south through Symington on 21 March 2011. Little remains nowadays to ...
John Furnevel 21/03/2011

Looking west towards Symington at the remains of the viaduct over the River Clyde at Coulter station on 24 August 2018. The station was across a minor ...
John McIntyre 24/08/2018
Islands in the stream. The remains of Coulter viaduct standing in the River Clyde on the approach to the former Coulter station in March 2011. View is ...
John Furnevel 21/03/2011
Remains of the viaduct that carried the SB&B across the Clyde at Coulter. Jan 2007. ...
John Furnevel /01/2007
View west over the Clyde and the remains of Coulter viaduct, January 2007. ...
John Furnevel /01/2007

This was a single platform station to the immediate east of Coulter Viaduct, separated from it by a level crossing.
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Coulter Station showing platform looking east towards Biggar. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006
Coulter Station showing platform looking east towards Biggar. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006
Looking east from the former Coulter station level crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Looking east over the site of the level crossing and on through the former Coulter station in November 2004. Photograph taken from the remains of the ...
John Furnevel 28/11/2004

To the west of Biggar the line crosses a fairly damp field full of drains and it is all rather overgrown. It is not obvious but there are two former ...
Ewan Crawford 06/01/2013

This was a station to the south of the village of Biggar. Its remains comprise a very complete set of buildings from a countryside Caledonian Railway station.
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'I'm still standing ...'
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Colin Miller 18/08/2016
This is the former goods shed at Biggar viewed from across the field and former station site to the south in January 2013. Wooden goods sheds don't ...
Ewan Crawford 06/01/2013
The signal box nameboard now in the Gladstone Court Museum in Biggar. [See image 6449] ...
Colin Miller 20/08/2013
Scottish Rambler No 3 at Biggar on 29 March 1964 behind ex-LMS Crab no 42737. The special was on a trip from Symington along the ...
K A Gray 29/03/1964

This was a single platform station with a small brick building - not much was spent on the station due to the planned extension of the line shortly afterwards. Station cottages were built to the east on the main road. The station was a little to the south of Broughton itself.
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