Location type


Name and dates

Dalhousie (1847-1908)

Opened on the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).


This intermediary two platform station replaced the South Esk terminus of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway when it was realigned and re-gauged as a railway.

The station served the coal field to the east, north of Gorebridge where the mining village of Newtongrange developed. In 1908 the station closed, served by a more suitably located station at Newtongrange.

Little remains, except a station house on the west side of the line. This once featured a letterbox made from metal recovered from 'The Diver' the unofficially darkly renamed locomotive - NBR Drummond 4-4-0 No 224 - recovered from the sea bed after the collapse of the Tay Bridge [1st].



Chronology Dates

21/01/1832Marquis of Lothians Waggonway
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway line extended from Dalhousie by this line to various pits. Initially the line ran eastwards after crossing the South Esk to Bryans Pit. A branch (Arniston Branch (Marquis of Lothian's Waggonway)) was added south to Newbyres Colliery. A much later line was from Bryans Pit which ran south to Lingerwood Mine and northwards to Easthouses Pit (Newbattle Collieries Railway).
02/06/1832Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Passenger shuttle service started from St Leonards to Dalhousie by other company along the railway.
  /07/1847Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Dalhousie renamed South Esk.
14/07/1847Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction, Cairney to Millerhill, re-alignment at Sheriffhall [2nd] and Dalhousie to Gorebridge opened.
  /  /1880Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
4-4-0 locomotive Thomas Wheatley's no 224 retrieved from bottom of River Tay, rebuilt by Dugald Drummond at Cowlairs Works, nicknamed The Diver and put back in service. A letterbox, belonging to Dalhousie station and now at the museum in Bellingham [North Tyne], was made from metal from this engine.


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