Location type


Name and dates

Duns (1849-1951)

Station code: DUU National Rail
Opened on the Berwickshire Railway.
Opened on the Dunse Branch (North British Railway).


This was a two platform station around half a mile south of the village centre. The station was the terminus of the originally double track Dunse Branch (North British Railway) before it was extended to Ravenswood Junction, north of St Boswells, by the Berwickshire Railway in 1863. (Dunse is the old spelling for Duns.)

It was to become a terminus again in 1948 due to flood damage to the west, the Langton Burn Bridge was washed away. The station survived until 1951 for passengers and as a goods station it lasted until 1966. The loop was cut back before closure. A signal box (1893-1962), at the east end of the eastbound platform, was alongside the water tower and loco shed (both to its east).

There was originally a trainshed and the passenger station was rebuilt for the line's extension west.

The eastbound platform building and station masters house survives. The westbound platform building, combined with the goods shed, was demolished in the late 1990s.

There was a large goods yard on the south side of the line, served from the east. As with many Borders stations, Duns was very busy with livestock traffic on market days.

To the south of the goods shed was a saw mill, gas works and slaughter house.

A large three storey granary building still stands to the south, this was served by a siding from a turnplate in the yard. The building is similar to the now demolished granary which stood at St Boswells. The granary is B listed.

There was a two road locomotive shed (Duns Shed) with a turntable at the east end, on the north side of the line. To the west, beyond the road bridge, was a loading dock.


Duns Castle is to the north of the village of Duns.


Station terminus

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


Listing: B

Chronology Dates

01/08/1849Dunse Branch (North British Railway)
Line opened as double track, Duns to Reston [1st].
17/07/1862Berwickshire Railway
Act receives Royal assent for a line from Duns to St Boswells. At both ends the line will connection with the North British Railway.
16/11/1863Berwickshire Railway
Line opened from Duns to Earlston. A coach ran from Earlston to St Boswells.
13/08/1948Berwickshire Railway
St Boswells (Ravenswood Junction) to Duns (excluded) is closed to passengers. The Langton Burn Bridge, between Duns and Greenlaw, is washed away and the track is left hanging, bridging the gap. Due to this flood damage Greenlaw to Duns is closed to all traffic. St Boswells to Reston via Duns ceases to be a through route.
01/08/1949Dunse Branch (North British Railway)
Re-opened from Duns to Reston following flood damage in 1948.
10/09/1951Dunse Branch (North British Railway)
Duns to Reston closed to passengers.
07/11/1966Dunse Branch (North British Railway)
Duns to Reston [1st] (excluded) closed to freight.

News items

09/03/2022Consultation seeking feedback on plans for Tweedbank to Eyemouth active travel route [Scottish Borders Council]


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

St Boswells to Berwick: Via Duns the Berswickshire Railway (Country Railway Routes)

St Boswells to Berwick: Via Duns the Berswickshire Railway (Country Railway Routes)