Riddings Junction

Mention of the 8 border crossings undertaken by the Kingmoor - Langholm - Newcastleton freight see image 24093 led to one or two queries to Railscot asking ...where did the other 4 come from? Here goes! SW of Riddings Jct, near the confluence of the Esk and Liddel Water, the border deviates south from the river at Liddel Mote, resulting in trains on the Waverley route crossing the border twice within 250 yards. The crossing sequence on the round trip to Langholm and Newcastleton was therefore Liddel Mote (2), Liddel Viaduct (2), Kershopefoot (2) and Liddel Mote again (2). Other than a mention in the A J Mullay book Rails Across the Border I cannot recall any reference to this crossing and, like the author, am grateful to Bruce McCartney for the information. A sketch of the area is attached, together with the relevant extract from the book.

Location: Riddings Junction

Company: Border Union Railway (North British Railway)

Photographer: John Furnevel

Make contact: John Furnevel

Date: 26/03/2009

Image number: 23012


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