'Great merit' in reopening Eastriggs, Thornhill and Beattock stations [BBC News]

Date: 15/03/2019

The head of a transport body has said there is 'great merit' in plans costing up to £37m to reopen three disused stations in south west Scotland. Andrew Wood chairs the South West Scotland Transport Partnership (Swestrans). It has been looking at the potential of bringing the sites in Beattock, Thornhill and Eastriggs back into use. It said a public consultation had found a 'high level of interest and expectation' in the proposals.

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A transport body chief says the move - which could cost up to £37m - would be of "real benefit" to the economy.

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The former Dornock station (latterly Eastriggs), Dumfriesshire, in 2007. During WW1 the station served the huge wartime munitions complex referred to euphemistically as 'HM Factory, Gretna'. Passenger activity generated by factory workers is well reflected in the old timetables of the day [see image 15332]. The mix of passengers would also have been interesting, with workers from all parts of the then British Empire. This continues to be reflected today in the Eastriggs village street names, which include Pretoria Road, Melbourne Avenue, Vancouver Drive, Delhi Road...etc..etc.. [Ref query 1667]
Location: Eastriggs
Company: Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
30/05/2007 John Furnevel
An up express hauled by a Standard Clan Pacific runs through Beattock station in July 1962.
Location: Beattock
Company: Caledonian Railway
14/07/1962 R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney)
Thornhill station still retained its canopy in 1989 and had a 'just closed' feel to it despite its closure to passengers in 1965. The stonework has since been painted red and the building rennovated.
Location: Thornhill
Company: Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
//1989 Ewan Crawford