Kelso Junction (1850-1968)
Opened on the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).
Opened on the Kelso Branch (North British Railway).
This junction was south of St Boswells station, where there was a bay platform for branch trains, and was formed between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)] (1849) and the Kelso Branch (North British Railway) (1850).
Both lines were double track. The junction was controlled by a tall signal box (to see over the bridge immediately to the north) on the east side of the line.
The Kelso line was singled to Roxburgh (the westbound line was lifted) in 1933. The junction remained double, but the Kelso line became single approaching the bridge at Greenside. This short section of double track was extended in 1942 due to wartime traffic.
The branch closed to passengers in 1964. In 1966 the box was closed, replaced by a ground frame. The Kelso branch was now single up to the junction, joining the southbound track of the main line, the last section of the northbound branch line had been lifted.
The branch closed in 1968 and main line in 1969.
The formation still exists, the bridge to the north has been removed and the site of the junction is intact, but further north, south and east the lines have been landscaped.
Abbotsford Ferry [2nd]
Abbotsford Ferry [1st]
Other railway and industry locations
St Boswells Shed [2nd]
St Boswells Shed [1st]
Charlesfield Munitions Factory
Ale Water Viaduct
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A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)
Berwick to St. Boswells: Via Kelso Including the Jedburgh Branch (Country Railway Routes)
Forgotten Railways: Scotland
Galashiels 1897: Selkirkshire Sheet 08.02 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Selkirkshire)
Galashiels to Edinburgh: Including the Lauder and Dalkeith Branches - the Waverley Route (Scml)
Hawick 1897: Roxburghshire Sheet 25.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Roxburghshire)
Hawick to Galashiels: The Waverley Route Including the Selkirk Branch (Scottish Main Lines)
Kelso 1919: Roxburghshire 10.02 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Roxburghshire)
Last Years of the Waverley Route
North British Railway, Vol. 1 (Standard Railway History)
North British Railway, Vol. 2 (Standard Railway History)
On the Waverley Route
Railways Of Scotland 2: The Waverley Route DVD - Cinerail
The Waverley Route Through Time
The Waverley Route: Its Heritage and Revival
The Waverley Route: The District Controller's View 'Edinburgh (Waverley) - Carlisle Via Hawick'
The Waverley Route: The Postwar Years
Waverley Route: The battle for the Borders Railway
Waverley Route: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Borders Railway
Waverley: Portrait of a Famous Route