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.
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).
Gretna Green [1st]
| Moat Quarry|
Longtown Branch Junction
Bush-on-Esk Signal Box
Bush-on-Esk East Junction
Bush-on-Esk West Junction
Canonbie Colliery Signal Box
Longtown Exchange Sidings
Sandysike Brick Works
HM Factory Gretna Ether Section
Peat Works (ex of ng railway)
Gretna MOD Junction
|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
|29/10/1861||Border Union Railway (North British Railway)|
Opened from Canal Junction [Carlisle] to Scotch Dyke. Trains run from Carlisle Citadel. Stations opened at Harker, West Linton [Cumbria], Longtown, Scotch Dyke. North British Railway trains use Carlisle Citadel for the first time.
|01/03/1862||Border Union Railway (North British Railway)|
The line is extended from Scotch Dyke to Newcastleton. (Goods only?)
|01/07/1862||Border Union Railway (North British Railway)|
The line from Edinburgh Waverley to Carlisle Citadel via Galashiels and Hawick [2nd] is completed. The line opened from Hawick [2nd] to Scotch Dyke. Stations opened at Hawick [2nd], Barnes, Shankend, Riccarton, Steele Road, Newcastleton, Kershope Foot, Penton, Riddings Junction (and Canonbie on the incomplete Langholm branch). (Alternative date 01/08/1862.)
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 Carlisle's Railways
Border Country Branch Line Album
Border Railway Portfolio
Borders Railway Rambles
Carlisle to Hawick: The Waverley Route (Scml)
Forgotten Railways: Scotland
Hawick 1897: Roxburghshire Sheet 25.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Roxburghshire)
Last Years of the Waverley Route
North British Railway, Vol. 1 (Standard Railway History)
North British Railway, Vol. 2 (Standard Railway History)
Railways Of Scotland 2: The Waverley Route DVD - Cinerail
The North British Railway a History
The Waverley Route Through Time
The Waverley Route: The District Controller's View 'Edinburgh (Waverley) - Carlisle Via Hawick'
Waverley Route: The battle for the Borders Railway
Waverley Route: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Borders Railway
Waverley: Portrait of a Famous Route