Location type


Names and dates

Tranent (1846-1858)
Prestonpans (1858-)

Station code: PST National Rail ScotRail
Where: East Lothian, Scotland
Opened on the North British Railway.
Opened on the Tranent Branch (North British Railway).
Opened on the Prestonlinks Colliery Branch (North British Railway).
Open on the North Berwick Line.
Open on the Edinburgh to Berwick.


This is a two platform station on the East Coast Main Line served by local trains. The main station building is on the eastbound platform. The goods yard and shed were on the north side at the east end, the site is now the car park. The signal box (1881) was on the south side of the line at the east end of the westbound platform.

The box was replaced in 1904 (the original was mid way along the westbound platform). The replacement was with the adding of further sidings for the Tranent Goods line and the opening of Prestonlinks Colliery.

To the immediate west is the Dolphingstone Deviation (Railtrack) and to the east was a goods line to Tranent Goods and a is a goods loop formerly for the goods yard and Cockenzie Power Station to the east. Also to the east the Tranent Waggonway crossed at right angles to the open railway.

The signal box closed in 1977, replaced by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre.

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


The Battle of Prestonpans took place north and east of the station.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

22/06/1846North British Railway
Tranent, Longniddry, Haddington, Reston [1st] opened.
20/04/2003Dolphingstone Deviation (Railtrack)
1.8 km deviation west of Prestonpans station opened at a cost of £56M, taking the new route south of the original alignment. The deviation was required due to mining subsidence.
  /11/2011North British Railway
Mural painted on the station building at Prestonpans.

News items

12/05/2023Launch of new murals at Prestonpans Railway Station celebrated [East Lothian Courier]
10/02/2023Prestonpans: New murals bring life to railway station [East Lothian Courier]
15/12/2022ScotRail cancel trains from North Berwick after power supply damage [East Lothian Courier]
30/11/2022Prestongrange Heritage Park plans are 'firmly on track' [East Lothian Council]
23/06/2022Trains disrupted after lorry crashes onto tracks in East Lothian [BBC News]
23/01/2019Plans to build houses near to Prestonpans Railway Station [East Lothian Courier]
03/05/2018ScotRail claims service is improving ahead of public meeting over East Lothian line [East Lothian Courier]
15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail [Rail Technology]
13/08/2012Mural at Prestonpans station nominated for award [Railscot]
02/10/2011New Prestonpans mural inaugurated [Railscot]


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