Location type


Name and dates

Ormiston (1872-1933)

Opened on the Macmerry Branch (North British Railway).


This was a single platform station, just west of Ormiston Junction where the line from Edinburgh divided for Macmerry (opened 1868) and Gifford (opened 1901). Ormiston itself opened to goods in 1867 and passengers in 1872.

This platform was on the north side of the line. to the west of the platform was a loop serving a loading bank and opposite, on the south side of the line, a signal box ('Ormiston Junction' opened 1901 [*] and closed 1956). There was a goods yard to the north at the west end, served from the west. To the north of this was Ormiston Station Colliery, also served from the west. A tramway connected to the colliery to a further two collieries to the north.

[*] a signal box is shown on the south side of the station at the same location prior to 1901, on the OS map of 1892/4.

There were many mines nearby. Close to the junction the Meadow Colliery was on the Gifford line, served from the north. Winton Mine was on the Macmerry line. To the west were Limeyards Colliery (with a branch south to Tynemount Colliery and Oxenford No 2 and 3 Collieries) on the south side of the line and Bellyford Mine to the north (with a branch to Elphingstone Mine, Fleets Colliery which extended as far as Prestonpans).

The line survived the closure to passengers in 1933. The Macmerry route closed in 1960 and stub of the Gifford in 1965 closed from Saltoun to Smeaton.

Part of the platform and loading banks survive. The trackbed is a car park. A lattice signal post has been erected in the car park, in common with other locations on the former line.

Ormiston itself is about half a mile south.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

01/05/1872Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Smeaton, Ormiston, Winton and Macmerry stations opened.
  /  /1886Ormiston Station Colliery
Sunk by James Clark on the north side of Ormiston station.
  /  /1891Limeylands Colliery (Ormiston)
Sunk by James Clark west of Ormiston station.
01/07/1925Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Ormiston (excluded) to Macmerry closed to passengers. Macmerry and Winton closed.
03/04/1933Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Gifford and Garvald Railway
Edinburgh (Monktonhall Junction) (excluded) to Gifford closed to passengers. Ormiston, Pencaitland, Saltoun, Humbie and Gifford closed.
02/05/1960Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Macmerry to Ormiston (excluded) closed to freight. Goods depots at Macmerry and Winton closed.
25/05/1965Gifford and Garvald Railway Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Saltoun to Smeaton (excluded) closed to freight. Ormiston goods depot closed.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Railways

Forgotten Railways: Scotland

Haddington, Macmerry and Gifford Branch Lines (Oakwood Library of Railway History)