Scotch Dyke

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Scotch Dyke (1861-1949)

Opened on the Border Union Railway (North British Railway).


Description

This was a two platform station with a minor level crossing at the north end and a goods yard on the west side, approached from the south. The main station building was on the northbound platform with a small shelter on the southbound.

There were alternative spellings such as 'Scotsdike' (used on 1864 OS map) and 'Scotchdyke' (in some timetables).

The station was briefly the northern terminus of the line, before its completion in 1862.

The goods yard consisted of a looped siding leading to a goods shed and a siding to the west of this, removed before 1900.

The station closed quite early, in 1949. The population here was low.

The signal box was at the south end of the southbound platform. It closed closing in 1954.

Thistle Viaduct crosses over the River Esk to north.

Poignantly the canopy of the main station building has the motto 'SPEED AND COMFORT BY RAIL' painted along its edge. This building still survives, in use as a house, restored and with the canopied area now boxed in. The present lettering style and logo are new, this has been repainted several times.

To the south two joined railway cottages survive on the former northbound platform.

The platforms survive intact.

The station was in Cumbria, England.

Local

The Scots' Dike itself is a three and a half mile long embankment built to mark the Scotland/England border in 1552 to divide the 'Debatable Lands'. Forests were planted along the dyke, the temporary railways used to extract the timber damaging the landmark.

The dyke can be found about a mile north of the former station. Its east end is at Scotsdike (on the River Esk) and it runs west to Craw's Knowe (near Dikeside on the River Sark).


Tags

Station terminus

External links

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