Location type


Name and dates

Humbie (1901-1933)

Opened on the Gifford and Garvald Light Railway.


This was a single platform station with a goods yard approached from the west on the south side of line. The station building was a small timber building typical of the line.

The line closed to passengers in 1933.

Gilchriston Viaduct was to the east. This single arch bridge was washed out in 1948 making Humbie the end of the line. The line closed in 1960, cut back to Ormiston.

To the west was Highlea Siding. Humbie Viaduct was a mile and a half north west of the station, closer to Saltoun station.

A railway cottage, the loading bank and the mound of the platform remain. The trackbed is walkable to the west. To the east, beyond the Gilchriston Viaduct, it has been ploughed out.

The name Humbie applies to more of a parish area than a village. There is a Humbie House to the south west, a Humbie Mill, Humbie Wood and water courses Humbie Water and Humbie Dean.

Note that Humbie Signal Box was not here, this was located on the western approach to the Forth Bridge on the line between Winchburgh Junction and Dalmeny North Junction.


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.
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.
02/05/1960Gifford and Garvald Railway
Humbie to Saltoun (excluded) closed to freight.


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)