Oxwellmains Siding

Location type


Name and dates

Oxwellmains Siding (1846-)

Opened on the North British Railway.


These sidings, serving the Dunbar Cement Works, are east of Dunbar station. The site was originally also known as East Barnes. Oxwell Mains was a farm to west.

Originally there was a siding on either side of the main line, both reached by reversal. The Oxwell Mains Lime Works was to south, served by tramway from south side siding. There was a limestone quarry here.

The quarry extended and existed on either side of line. There is a large cement works, the Dunbar Cement Works, on the south side of the line, railway served. Tarmac - Dunbar Cement Works

Siding on both sides of the line are served from the west. The southern group serve the loading point for the cement works.

The northern group were used for rubbish being sent to landfill. Containers of rubbish loaded at Powderhall were transported by the ^Binliner^ to Oxwellmains for disposal. This flow has ceased.

A modern signal box was opened in 1963/4, replacing an older one from 1897. The new box closed in 1977 but still stands. It was replaced by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre.


This was the site of the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.


Sidings cement works



External links

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


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

Drem to Edinburgh: Including Gullane, Haddington, Tranent, Musselburgh and Fisherrow Branches (Scottish Main Lines)

Edinburgh St. Margaret's: The Story of the 'Other' Edinburgh Depot of the North British Railway 1845-1967

Exploring Disused Railways in East Scotland

Last Trains: Edinburgh and South East Scotland v. 1
LNER Wagons: Volume 3: Scottish Area: Ex North British and Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway Wagons
North British Railway in Northumberland, The

North British Railway, Vol. 1 (Standard Railway History)

North British Railway, Vol. 2 (Standard Railway History)

Signalling and Signal Boxes along the North British Railway, Great North of Scotland Railway and the CLC Routes

South East Scotland (British Railways Past & Present)

The Castle and the Bear: A Brief History of the North British Railway

The North British Railway a History
The North British Railway, Volume 1, One,
The Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire (Britains Railways/Old Photos)

Vanished Railways of West Lothian