Kilnknowe Junction

Location type


Name and dates

Kilnknowe Junction (1866-1962)

Opened on the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).
Opened on the Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway).


This was the junction between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) and the Peebles loop (Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)).

The main line here was a double track. In its original layout the Peebles line diverged as a double track quickly reducing to a single track (with possibly sufficient length to hold a train on the westbound track without fouling the junction). This later became a single lead with a crossover.

A two arch bridge crosses over the site, the southern arch crossing the branch and northern the main line.

The signal box here (on the south side of the junction) was closed in 1937 to be replaced by a central new box at the north end of Galashiels [1st] station (although the base was retained presumably as a switch room).

The branch closed in 1962, lifted in July 1963, and main line in 1969, surviving until at least 1971.

The trackbed remained as an overgrown walking route until 2015 when the main line re-opened as a single track.

To the north, on the main line route, is Torwoodlee South Viaduct. To the south east both lines crossed Bridge No 95 to reach Galashiels.



Both the main line and Peebles line cut through the Catrail ditch, the main line twice and the Peebles line three times.



External links

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


18/06/1866Peebles Railway
Kilnknowe Junction to Innerleithen opened. Stations at; Thornilee and Clovenfords.
05/02/1962Peebles Railway
Hawthornden Junction (excluded) to Peebles to Kilnknowe Junction (excluded) closed to all traffic, passenger, goods and mineral trains operate as far as Rosewell and Hawthornden only.


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