Location type


Name and dates

Haddington (1846-1949)

Opened on the North British Railway.


This was a single platform terminus with the platform on the south side of a loop. The line approached from Longniddry to the west. Opposite the platform, to the north, was the goods yard with shed, covered and uncovered loading banks.

A possible route for the North British Railway was via Haddington. Instead Haddington was served with a double track branch from Longniddry. The terminus was on the western outskirts of the town, beyond the West Port and located above the surrounding streets which dropped to the east near the River Tyne.

The station was rebuilt around 1880. The new building, red brick with courses of yellow, presented two storeys to the street and a single to the platform. It was red brick with white courses and a clock facing the street. A canopy covered the platform. A curved carriage entry and exit was on Station Road, with a goods yard entry to its east and access to the original station building to west. The line extended a little further to the east, raised above street level (where a locomotive overshot in 1937). The original station building became the stationmaster^s house.

There were three looped sidings at the west end of the goods yard and a slaughterhouse siding. The signal box was on the south side of the western approach.

The branch had been double track, singled 1856 (eastbound line lifted).

Closed to passengers in 1949, the signal box closed in 1952 and the line in 1968. Unfortunately the main station building was demolished before closure.

The passenger platform still exists. The stationmaster^s house and a station building (a store) still stand. The station area is an industrial estate. The small park in front of the station remains today. A white gate closes off the former goods yard access ramp.


Station terminus footpath

External links

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


18/06/1846North British Railway
Opened from Edinburgh North Bridge to Berwick and the branch from Longniddry to Haddington.
  /08/1948Gifford and Garvald Railway
Gifford to Humbie closed to all traffic (flood damage causes Gilchriston Viaduct collapse). Bridge not repaired and traffic carried by road from Gifford to Haddington.
01/01/1959Gifford and Garvald Railway
Replacement road service, Gifford to Haddington, withdrawn.
01/04/1968North British Railway
Haddington to Longniddry closed to freight.
24/02/1998TRANSform Scotland
Proposes line re-openings in Edinburgh. Phase 1 - Millerhill (Park and Ride). Phase 2 - Loanhead and Gorebridge. Phase 3 - Corstorphine, Newtown St Boswells and Haddington. In November 1999 the City Council comments that this may put too much strain on the existing lines.
  /10/2011North British Railway
East Lothian Council and South East of Scotland Partnership study re-opening of the Haddington branch.


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