Carstairs East Junction

Location type


Names and dates

Dolphinton Junction (1867-1972)
Carstairs East Junction (1972-)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Caledonian Railway.
Opened on the Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway).


The 1867 Dolphinton [CR] line started from a junction which allowed trains from Carstairs station to join the branch. A box opened with the junction. The Dolphinton branch severed the south to east 1848 curve (out of use from around 1860) and a replacement curve was built from Strawfrank Junction to Dolphinton Junction in 1872.

The Dolphinton line closed in 1952 but the box remained in use due to the curve to Strawfrank.

The junction was renamed with a more appropriate name during electrification of the route. The box closed in 1972, replaced by a temporary box at Carstairs.




  /  /1863Caledonian Railway
Approval for the Strawfrank Junction to Dolphinton Junction curve. The curve is required as the Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway) will sever the Lampits Junction to Float Junction curve allowing direct running to Edinburgh Princes Street from the south, rather than reversal at Carstairs.
10/10/1872Caledonian Railway
Strawfrank Junction to Dolphinton Junction curve opened.
04/06/1945Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dolphinton [CR] to Carstairs (Dolphinton Junction) closed to passengers.
01/11/1950Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dolphinton [CR] to Carstairs (Dolphinton Junction) closed to freight.
  /  /1972Caledonian Railway
Dolphinton Junction signal box closed.


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