Location type


Name and dates

Kelso (1851-1964)

Opened on the Kelso Branch (North British Railway).


This was a four platform station, two through platforms and a bay at either end. It replaced a temporary terminus at Wallace Nick, just to the west. One bay, on the south side, was for the line to the west and the other, on the north side, was for the east line. The signal box was on the westbound platform with the bay to its south.

The North British Railway branch formed an end-on junction with the North Eastern Railway to the east of the station at Kelso at Sprouston Junction.

The goods yard (which was approached from the east) was large. It was on the north side of the line. Within this was the locomotive shed.

The line west to Roxburgh Junction was singled in 1933.

The station closed to passengers in 1964, the line east from the goods yard reversing spur (formerly the eastbound line) closed in 1965 (when the box closed) and it closed completely in 1968.

The Kelso station site has been converted into a road. The station was actually at Maxwellhaugh on the south bank of the River Tweed, not in Kelso itself.


Kelso Abbey is in Kelso, to the north of the former station. The station was at Maxwellheugh, separated from the town by the River Tweed. A bridge, completed in 1804, designed by John Rennie crosses the river.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /  /1850Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Opened from Kelso Junction to Wallace Nick (a temporary terminus west of Kelso). Roxburgh opened.
27/01/1851Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Extended to Kelso from Wallace Nick station, a temporary terminus just west of Kelso, which is closed. The line extends east to Sprouston Junction where the Kelso Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway) is met.
11/08/1948North British Railway
Severe flooding on the 11th and 12th washes away seven bridges and causes six landslips on the East Coast Main Line. Only part of a parapet of the Free Kirk Bridge remained where a single track was left bridging the gap. The Penmanshiel Tunnel floods, with waters reaching almost to the tunnel roof. Large amounts of silt and rubble wash over the line at Grantshouse. With the line closed trains are diverted via Kelso.
23/06/1949North British Railway
At the Penmanshiel Tunnel a fire on board a south bound express results in the destruction of two carriages. After making an emergency stop the leading part of the train, the locomotive and eight coaches, was in the tunnel with the burned carriages just outside. Both lines were blocked and trains diverted via Kelso.
  /  /1950Kelso Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Route via Kelso used by expresses diverted from the East Coast Main Line due to flooding damage to the main line.
07/08/1961North British Railway
A southbound freight overruns the south end of a loop at Grantshouse, passing through the goods shed and crashing into the station buildings. As a result the line is closed and East Coast Main Line trains diverted via Kelso.
15/06/1964Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Kelso to St Boswells closed to passengers. Kelso, Roxburgh, Rutherford, Maxton closed.
15/06/1964Kelso Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Kelso to Tweedmouth closed to passengers. Coldstream, Norham and Tweedmouth closed.
29/03/1965Kelso Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Kelso to Tweedmouth closed to goods.
01/  /1968Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Kelso to Kelso Junction closed to freight.

News items

26/05/2023Tweed Valley railway: Plan for proposed route to be revealed [Border Telegraph]
25/07/2022Victorian footbridge reopens after almost two years of painstaking restoration [Yahoo News]
30/03/2022Railway posters from the Golden Age of Travel include Selkirk and Kelso [Peeblesshire News]
03/03/2022Berwick 'would have key role' in bid to restore old rail links [Berwick Advertiser]
17/04/2021Readers' Letters: Rural people always get short shrift [Scotsman]
10/10/2019Kelso council keen to see Borders Railways return to town [Scotsman]
08/03/2017Borders Railway blamed for First Group bus sale [BBC News]


Berwick to St. Boswells: Via Kelso Including the Jedburgh Branch (Country Railway Routes)

Kelso 1919: Roxburghshire 10.02 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Roxburghshire)

Scotland’s Lost Branch Lines: Where Beeching Got It Wrong

The Waverley Route: The District Controller's View 'Edinburgh (Waverley) - Carlisle Via Hawick'