Location type


Names and dates

Saughtree (1862-1944)
Saughtree (1948-1956)
Saughtree (1993-)

Opened on the Border Counties Railway.


This was a single platform station just under a mile north of the small settlement at Saughtree.

The platform was on the south side of the line with a fine station building presenting one storey to the platform. A signal box was at the east end of the platform, removed by 1915.

There was a goods siding, with loading bank, to the north, approached from the east.

The line crossed high remote moorland used largely for sheep farming to both east and west.

To the east was Dawstonburn Viaduct, which was built for two lines, but only the westbound line was ever laid. The next station east, Deadwater was over the border an into England.

To the west was the huge Catscleuch Culvert near Riccarton Junction.

The station closed to passengers between 1944 and 1948 and ultimately closed in 1956. The line was lifted and Dawstonburn Viaduct demolished.

The station building is now a house. A portion of line has been relaid privately by the owner from just west of the former station to demolished viaduct. A railway cottage to the west of the building has been converted into locomotive shed and a siding, approaching it from the west, is laid into the shed. A privately owned locomotive operates.

The station offers accommodation Saughtree Station B&B

The line is walkable in both directions from the station.


Station preserved

External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /12/1944Border Counties Railway
Saughtree station closed.
  /08/1948Border Counties Railway
Saughtree station re-opened.

News items

14/02/2023Six-bedroom converted station house in the Scottish Borders for sale comes with own train and railway track [STV]


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

Border Counties Railway Through Time

Border Country Branch Line Album

Branches & Byways: Southwest Scotland and the Border Counties

Hexham to Hawick: The Border Counties Railway (Country Railway Routes)

The Border Counties Railway Steam Memories 1950's-1960's: Newcastle to Reedsmouth No. 68, pt. 1