Location type


Names and dates

Barnes (1862-1862)
Stobs (1862-1969)

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


This was a two platform station just to the south of Barns Viaduct. It had a cattle dock on the west side at the north end of the station, approached from the north.

The station house and ticket office buildings were to the west, signal box (1888) on the northbound platform and shelters on each platform.

The Stobs Military Camp was to open to the west in 1903 and saw use as a training ground and Prisoner of War Camp. It was served by Stobs Camp station to the north and also by Stobs station which was closer to the camp buildings.

The box closed in 1962. The station closed with the Waverley Route in 1969.

It is now one of the most remarkable surviving sites on the former Waverley Route. The station house remains in use as a private house. The ticket office, platforms and footbridge (no longer in usable condition) remain within the garden of the house.

The station was initially named, very briefly, for Barnes (or Barns) a farm and burn to the west. It was renamed for Stobs Castle and Stobs Wood to the south.



External links

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

Nearby stations
Stobs Camp
Hawick [1st]
Hawick [2nd]
Whitrope Siding
Riccarton Junction
Steele Road
Kielder Forest
Charlesfield Halt
Barnes Viaduct
Meldrum Destructor
Stobs Camp Prison
Spoil Tip
Primrose Cottage
White Hill Quarry
White Hill Quarry Siding
Slitrig Viaduct
Shankend Viaduct
Loch Park Siding
Wilton Mill
Teviot Viaduct
Stobs Military Camp
Stobs Camp Hospital
Stobs Castle
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.)
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.

News items

13/04/2023National importance of Stobs Camp near Hawick recognised [BBC News]
14/02/2023Former POW and military camp poised for monument recognition [Herald Scotland]


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Last Years of the Waverley Route

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