Location type


Name and dates

Gifford (1901-1933)

Opened on the Gifford and Garvald Light Railway.


This was the terminus of the line from Ormiston, built to the north west of the village. It was the make do terminus of a line originally promoted to Garvald around four miles further east.

The line approached from the south west. The station had a loop by the passenger platform. The platform was on the east (village) side with a small timber station building at its south end. The goods yard, on the west side, had two sidings. There was a railway cottage by a level crossing at the south end of the station on the east side of the line.

The station closed to passengers in 1933 and with that the signal box closed but line remained open to goods. After the collapse of the Gilchriston Viaduct at Humbie, due to flooding damage in 1948, it was decided not to rebuild the bridge and this part of the line closed. The station remained open with goods travelling by road to Haddington until 1959.

The station site is now houses. The railway cottage remains in use as a house. The two miles are walkable, beyond which the trackbed is ploughed out. Gifford has expanded out towards the station since the line's closure.

Yester House, seat of William Montagu Hay the 10th Marquess of Tweeddale, is to the south east of the former Gifford station. The Marquess was the chairman of the North British Railway.


Station terminus

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Chronology Dates

14/10/1901Gifford and Garvald Railway
Opened. Pencaitland, Saltoun, Humbie and Gifford opened.
22/09/1930Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Smeaton and Crossgatehall Halt closed to passengers, ahead of the closure of the line to Gifford to passengers.
03/04/1933Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Gifford and Garvald Railway
Edinburgh (Monktonhall Junction) (excluded) to Gifford closed to passengers. Ormiston, Pencaitland, Saltoun, Humbie and Gifford closed.
11/08/1948Gifford and Garvald Railway
Gifford to Humbie is closed to all traffic (flood damage caused Gilchriston Viaduct to collapse). The bridge was not repaired and traffic was instead carried by road from Gifford to Haddington.
01/01/1959Gifford and Garvald Railway
Replacement road service, Gifford to Haddington, withdrawn.


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

Haddington, Macmerry and Gifford Branch Lines (Oakwood Library of Railway History)