North Berwick

Location type


Name and dates

North Berwick (1986-)

Station code: NBW National Rail ScotRail
Where: East Lothian, Scotland
Opened on the North Berwick Branch (North British Railway).
Open on the North Berwick Line.


North Berwick station North Berwick [1st] was cut back closer to the junction in the 1980s after demolition of the station buildings.

Some of the area of the former station buildings are now the station car park.

The current station is a single platform.

The line between Edinburgh Waverley, North Berwick and Dunbar is supported and promoted by the East Lothian Community Rail Partnership .


North Berwick was very much a tourist destination after the railway opened, earning the name 'The Biarritz of the North'. Biarritz, a Atlantic coastal town, was developed as a tourist destination at the same time in the 1850s and was a popular place to stay for royal families. With Edinburgh in easy reach from North Berwick it is also a commuter town.

There are sandy beaches and the North Berwick Law is a viewpoint.

In the harbour is the Scottish Seabird Centre .


Terminus station

External links

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

Chronology Dates

17/06/1850North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Line opened completely to North Berwick, North Berwick [Williamstown] closed.
01/11/1856North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Horse operation begins. Dandy Car, previously used on the South Leith line, introduced between Drem and North Berwick.
  /03/1894North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
North Berwick station rebuilt in grand style.
03/02/1958Corstorphine Branch (North British Railway)
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
North British Railway
North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Class 100 DMUs introduced on the Corstorphine [2nd] to North Berwick service.
  /01/1968North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
North Berwick reduced to a single platform terminus.
  /10/1975North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Train runs beyond the buffer stop at North Berwick.
  /01/1985North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
North Berwick station buildings demolished. Line cut back, resulting in a shorter platform. Site of the buildings becomes car park.
  /  /1986North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Train runs beyond the buffer stop at North Berwick.

News items

15/12/2022ScotRail cancel trains from North Berwick after power supply damage [East Lothian Courier]
30/11/2021Absolutely livid e-scooter owner kicked off Scotrail service to Edinburgh [Scotsman]
16/05/2019Commuters angry at loss of peak-time train from Haymarket to East Lothian [East Lothian Courier]
03/05/2019Bridge over North Berwick railway line due to re-open [East Lothian Courier]
10/09/2018ScotRail stations up for top award [ScotRail]
07/09/2018New electric train ready for North Berwick route [East Lothian Courier]
03/05/2018ScotRail claims service is improving ahead of public meeting over East Lothian line [East Lothian Courier]
09/03/2018Abseilers complete overnight snow battle to re-open North Berwick rail line [Scotsman]
25/07/2014Commuters crammed ‘like sardines’ due to games [Evening News]
10/10/2013Views of the Forth for rail passengers [Fife Today]