Location type


Name and dates

Shankend (1862-1969)

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


This was a two platform station at the south end of the Shankend Viaduct. It had three looped sidings on its east side, approached from the south end of the station where the signal box was located. The two storey station building, with single storey ticket office at the north end, was on the southbound platform.

The original 1888 signal box had been at the end of the southbound platform. It was replaced with another further south, on the east side of the line in 1916.

Shankend itself is a farm just to the north. The area is remote farmed moorland. Despite the rural location the station survived until closure of the line.

The station house and, remarkably, signal box both remain standing. The only other intact signal box on the former Waverley Route is at Harker. After years of use of the signal box as a stable it has been renovated to become accommodation. The platforms, quite short, also remain. The trackbed is used as an estate road.



External links

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

Nearby stations
Stobs Camp
Whitrope Siding
Riccarton Junction
Hawick [2nd]
Hawick [1st]
Steele Road
Kielder Forest
Lewiefield Halt
Shankend Viaduct
White Hill Quarry Siding
White Hill Quarry
Primrose Cottage
Whitrope Tunnel
Barnes Viaduct
Meldrum Destructor
Stobs Camp Prison
Spoil Tip
Whitrope Summit
Whitrope Culvert
Laidlehope Culvert
Stobs Castle
Stobs Camp Hospital
Stobs Military Camp
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Chronology Dates

01/07/1862Border 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.)
29/09/1965Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Shankend crash; south-bound 02:22 freight strikes a stationary vehicle on the railway at Shankend and derails.
06/01/1969Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) Border Union Railway (North British Railway) Carlisle and Port Carlisle Railway and Dock
Edinburgh (Portobello East Junction) to Hawick [2nd] to Carlisle (Port Carlisle Junction) closed to passengers. Newtongrange [1st], Gorebridge, Tynehead, Heriot, Fountainhall, Stow, Galashiels [1st], Melrose, St Boswells, Hassendean, Hawick [2nd], Stobs, Shankend, Riccarton Junction, Steele Road, Newcastleton stations closed.


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