Kelso Junction

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Name and dates

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.



External links

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