Melrose

Melrose

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Melrose (1849-1969)

Opened on the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).


Description

This was a two platform station. It had a large wooden roof over both platforms. The southbound (up) platform and building still stand. The trackbed is now occupied by the A6091.

The station enjoyed a location above the town and to its south, with a view overlooking Melrose Abbey. The main station building, on the eastbound platform, presented a single storey to the platforms and two storeys to the north, town, side. The styling is a mixture of styles including Jacobean. The architect was John Miller. A disadvantage of the prominent position over the town is the climb which was required up the hill to the station.

Originally there were four tracks between the platforms - two centre lines allowing non stop trains to bypass the station. When the station gained its later layout the goods yard, formerly approached by reversing from the northbound line and on the south side, was looped.

The signal box closed in 1964 and the railway closed in 1969.

The main building became derelict until restoration in 1984.

The nearest station is Tweedbank to the north and was St Boswells to the south - a short lived station just to the east existed at Newstead [Melrose].

Westwards from Melrose to Tweedbank much of the former railway route remains intact, or at least sufficient for a single track to be reinstated. Through the station the trackbed is occupied by the Melrose bypass but beyond it much of the route is intact again to Newstead [Melrose].

A restaurant Monte Cassino Restaurant and a nursery are based in the remaining station building.

Local

To the north of the former station is Melrose Abbey .

Starting from the abbey, and passing close to the station, is the St Cuthbert's Way which runs south to the Eildon Hills and ultimately east to Lindisfarne.


Tags

Station

External links

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