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The Network Rail team behind the proposed station development at East Linton attended a public meeting to discuss the project and answer questions from members of the community.
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Plans for a railway station to return to East Linton after an absence of more than 50 years can now be viewed by the public.
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East Linton: One of the former stations on the Edinburgh - Berwick route being considered for reopening is East Linton in rural East Lothian, some 20 miles out from Waverley. The station here opened in 1846 as plain Linton, with the name change taking place in 1864. East Linton closed to all traffic in May 1964. The old station buildings are seen here on 14 August 2018, with the LNER 0930 ex-Kings Cross about to run through en route to Edinburgh, where it is scheduled to arrive 16 minutes later.
Andy Furnevel 14/08/2018


East Linton: The former East Linton station, closed 4th May 1964, seen from the delayed ex-14.00 service from Edinburgh Waverley to London King's Cross making an unscheduled stop due to heavy snow - the Beast from the East - on 28th February 2018. The train left Edinburgh nearly an hour late and at the time it should have been back at King's Cross was still sitting in Alnmouth station. The train was then terminated at Newcastle, everyone had to change to another train and it was standing room only all the way to York. We eventually arrived in London at 01.17 on 1st March but free taxis were laid on to get people home and the taxi marshalls did an excellent job cyphoning passengers into cabs going in the same direction as their homes. The roads were treacherous and it took nearly an hour just to get to my home in north London where I arrived just after 2 a.m.; one gentleman wanted to go all the way to Chingford, goodness knows what time he got home.
David Bosher 28/02/2018

Plans for a railway station to return to East Linton following an absence of more than 50 years have been lodged with East Lothian Council. [For Network Rail announcement see See news item of the 14th.]
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Network Rail has submitted a planning application to East Lothian Council for a new railway station in East Linton.
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East Linton: One of the former stations on the Edinburgh - Berwick route being considered for reopening is East Linton in rural East Lothian, some 20 miles out from Waverley. The station here opened in 1846 as plain Linton, with the name change taking place in 1864. East Linton closed to all traffic in May 1964. The old station buildings are seen here on 14 August 2018, with the LNER 0930 ex-Kings Cross about to run through en route to Edinburgh, where it is scheduled to arrive 16 minutes later.
Andy Furnevel 14/08/2018

Groundworks are to be carried out in East Linton ahead of plans for a long-awaited railway station returning to the village. Campaigners have been calling for a station to return to the village, on the East Coast Main Line, for more than 20 years. Currently, it is planned that the station will be open before 2024, with campaigners calling for it to be in place as soon as possible.
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East Linton: One of the former stations on the Edinburgh - Berwick route being considered for reopening is East Linton in rural East Lothian, some 20 miles out from Waverley. The station here opened in 1846 as plain Linton, with the name change taking place in 1864. East Linton closed to all traffic in May 1964. The old station buildings are seen here on 14 August 2018, with the LNER 0930 ex-Kings Cross about to run through en route to Edinburgh, where it is scheduled to arrive 16 minutes later.
Andy Furnevel 14/08/2018


East Linton: The former East Linton station, closed 4th May 1964, seen from the delayed ex-14.00 service from Edinburgh Waverley to London King's Cross making an unscheduled stop due to heavy snow - the Beast from the East - on 28th February 2018. The train left Edinburgh nearly an hour late and at the time it should have been back at King's Cross was still sitting in Alnmouth station. The train was then terminated at Newcastle, everyone had to change to another train and it was standing room only all the way to York. We eventually arrived in London at 01.17 on 1st March but free taxis were laid on to get people home and the taxi marshalls did an excellent job cyphoning passengers into cabs going in the same direction as their homes. The roads were treacherous and it took nearly an hour just to get to my home in north London where I arrived just after 2 a.m.; one gentleman wanted to go all the way to Chingford, goodness knows what time he got home.
David Bosher 28/02/2018


East Linton: The down platform buildings at East Linton on 16 May 2007 standing alongside the ECML. Beyond is the fine looking 'Station House'. Originally opened as Linton in 1846, the name change occurred 18 years later. The station was eventually closed in May 1964.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

Work on bringing a railway station back to East Linton should be under way within the next five years.
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A senior councillor has warned that time is ticking if East Linton's new railway station is to open on schedule.
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THE Scottish Government has been accused of playing 'pass the parcel' with the decision of when a train station will return to East Linton.
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More money has been offered to support the reopening of two stations on the East Coast Main Line in Scotland.
Following talks with transport minister Humza Yousaf and the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), Scottish Borders and East Lothian councils have both increased their proposed funding for the reopening of Reston and East Linton stations.
The Scottish Borders Council has now promised £2.84m for Reston station and the establishment of a local rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed. [From Richard Buckby]
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Reston: The 1000 Kings Cross - Edinburgh Waverley passing Reston on 29 July 1967 behind D9010 King's Own Scottish Borderer.
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 29/07/1967


East Linton: Looking east along the ECML from the old station footbridge at East Linton on 16 May 2007. The surviving platform buildings connect to the substantial structure incorporating the former Station House beyond.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

Rail bosses have told campaigners they can't keep a promise to reopen a mothballed East Lothian station next year - because there aren't enough trains in Scotland.
Campaigners say they are 'very concerned' after being told by ScotRail that the planned reopening of East Linton station will be delayed by up to two years.
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East Linton: The down platform buildings at East Linton on 16 May 2007 standing alongside the ECML. Beyond is the fine looking 'Station House'. Originally opened as Linton in 1846, the name change occurred 18 years later. The station was eventually closed in May 1964.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007


Reston: The 0800 East Coast Kings Cross - Edinburgh service runs north through Reston, Berwickshire, on an overcast 8 March 2010. The train is passing the site of the island platform once shared by down trains on the main line and local services on the Duns branch's cross-country line to St Boswells. The old station house stands alongside the former main entrance in the left background. Reston, which lost its passenger service in 1964, is one of the locations identified as a possibility for reopening as part of a future improved Edinburgh - Berwick rail service.
John Furnevel 08/03/2010

Mothballed [this is misleading] railway stations are set to reopen after more than half a century after services for stops at the platforms were written into the next ScotRail franchise.
Stations at East Linton, in East Lothian, and Reston, in Berwickshire, will be included in the two-hourly service between Edinburgh and Berwick under the new planning timetable.
Both were closed following the Beeching Report of 1964 which moved to axe rail routes amid increased competition from road haulage services.
If momentum continues trains could be running through both stations as early as December 2016.
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East Linton: Looking east along the ECML from the old station footbridge at East Linton on 16 May 2007. The surviving platform buildings connect to the substantial structure incorporating the former Station House beyond.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007


Reston: The 0800 East Coast Kings Cross - Edinburgh service runs north through Reston, Berwickshire, on an overcast 8 March 2010. The train is passing the site of the island platform once shared by down trains on the main line and local services on the Duns branch's cross-country line to St Boswells. The old station house stands alongside the former main entrance in the left background. Reston, which lost its passenger service in 1964, is one of the locations identified as a possibility for reopening as part of a future improved Edinburgh - Berwick rail service.
John Furnevel 08/03/2010

Scottish Borders Council has increased its financial commitment to reopening a railway station at Reston.
The authority had previously confirmed £300,000 towards the project but that has risen to £1.28m.
Council leader David Parker said rail accessibility was important for the 'future social and economic well-being of east Berwickshire'.
He said he believed the increase in the proposed level of funding could 'only bode well for the station plans'.
A study into a local rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick-Upon-Tweed was submitted to the Scottish government late last year.
It recommended establishing a service from Edinburgh to Dunbar and Berwick-upon-Tweed, together with new stations at East Linton and Reston.
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Reston: The 0800 East Coast Kings Cross - Edinburgh service runs north through Reston, Berwickshire, on an overcast 8 March 2010. The train is passing the site of the island platform once shared by down trains on the main line and local services on the Duns branch's cross-country line to St Boswells. The old station house stands alongside the former main entrance in the left background. Reston, which lost its passenger service in 1964, is one of the locations identified as a possibility for reopening as part of a future improved Edinburgh - Berwick rail service.
John Furnevel 08/03/2010

The need for a new train station at East Linton and more regular train service for Dunbar has been highlighted during a debate on rail services in the Scottish Parliament.

Iain Gray, East Lothian's MSP, said the current situation where Dunbar was served by a mixture of cross-country and east coast long-distance trains and a handful of local ScotRail trains was 'inadequate' for the town's needs and failed to address the demand for train services from East Linton.
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Longniddry: A1 Pacific no 60151 Midlothian leaves Longniddry in April 1964 with the 3.30pm Edinburgh - Berwick stopping train. Nearest the camera is the down siding and, beyond that, the Haddington branch (closed completely in 1968).
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /04/1964


Dunbar: View from the goods yard at Dunbar back towards the station in 1979 with a BR InterCity HST at the platform. Note the second platform and overall roof supports still in place at this time.
Bruce McCartney //1979


East Linton: Looking east along the ECML from the old station footbridge at East Linton on 16 May 2007. The surviving platform buildings connect to the substantial structure incorporating the former Station House beyond.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

Rail campaigners and Iain Gray MSP convinced Transport Minister Keith Brown to visit East Linton to see for himself the potential for the re-opening of a train station in the village.
They pressed the case for the plan as part of a new dedicated hourly rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick via Dunbar.

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Berwick-upon-Tweed: View south over Berwick station from Castlegate Bridge on 17 April 2003 with a Virgin Voyager at the platform.
James Young 17/04/2003


Dunbar: CrossCountry service for Aberdeen pulls into Dunbar on 18 June 2009. Not only were the departure monitors showing 'Platform 1' when there is only one platform, but the 1s were flashing to indicate a platform alteration...
David Panton 18/06/2009


East Linton: The down platform buildings at East Linton on 16 May 2007 standing alongside the ECML. Beyond is the fine looking 'Station House'. Originally opened as Linton in 1846, the name change occurred 18 years later. The station was eventually closed in May 1964.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

County commuters could be set for a major boost after a study commissioned by Transport Scotland showed a positive business case for a railway station at East Linton as part of an improved Dunbar local service.
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Edinburgh Waverley: 322 481 pulls out of Platform 3 (probably Waverley's least used) on 12 July with the 1000 for Dunbar only.  As far as I know this train and its return journey are ScotRail's only non-stop services.
David Panton 12/07/2010


Longniddry: A1 Pacific no 60151 Midlothian leaves Longniddry in April 1964 with the 3.30pm Edinburgh - Berwick stopping train. Nearest the camera is the down siding and, beyond that, the Haddington branch (closed completely in 1968).
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /04/1964


East Linton: Looking east along the ECML from the old station footbridge at East Linton on 16 May 2007. The surviving platform buildings connect to the substantial structure incorporating the former Station House beyond.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

An independent study has concluded there is a 'marginally positive case' for a dedicated local rail service between Edinburgh and Dunbar, provided a new station is opened at East Linton.
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Dunbar: The almost disturbing (but welcome) site of a ScotRail unit at Dunbar, in this case 322481 with the 1504 to Edinburgh on 28 May. ScotRail trains have not served Dunbar since 1990, when the twice-daily local service was withdrawn due to a shortage of DMUs see image [[24208]]. With the new timetable this week two weekday services make a return trip: one mid-morning, one mid-afternoon. This leaves Lockerbie as the only Scottish station not served by ScotRail.
David Panton 28/05/2010


Dunbar: View from the goods yard at Dunbar back towards the station in 1979 with a BR InterCity HST at the platform. Note the second platform and overall roof supports still in place at this time.
Bruce McCartney //1979


East Linton: The down platform buildings at East Linton on 16 May 2007 standing alongside the ECML. Beyond is the fine looking 'Station House'. Originally opened as Linton in 1846, the name change occurred 18 years later. The station was eventually closed in May 1964.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

Transport Scotland is working with ScotRail to introduce new Mon-Fri services from May between Edinburgh and Dunbar. From 22 May extra up trains are expected to run at 1000 & 1421 returning at 1057 & 1504 together with a late evening up train. A joint TS/SR study into an hourly Dunbar service has also been announced along with the possibility of running trains to Newcastle or Berwick, plus possible new stations at East Linton & Reston.

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Berwick-upon-Tweed: View south over Berwick station from Castlegate Bridge on 17 April 2003 with a Virgin Voyager at the platform.
James Young 17/04/2003


Dunbar: CrossCountry service for Aberdeen pulls into Dunbar on 18 June 2009. Not only were the departure monitors showing 'Platform 1' when there is only one platform, but the 1s were flashing to indicate a platform alteration...
David Panton 18/06/2009


East Linton: The down platform buildings at East Linton on 16 May 2007 standing alongside the ECML. Beyond is the fine looking 'Station House'. Originally opened as Linton in 1846, the name change occurred 18 years later. The station was eventually closed in May 1964.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

Campaigners have gained new hope in their bid to reopen a railway station after a visit by transport minister Stewart Stevenson. They want to reopen East Linton station, which has been unused for more than four decades, for a new local service between Edinburgh and Dunbar.

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East Linton: A southbound ECML service from Edinburgh approaches East Linton on 29 April 2017 with Mk 4 DVT 82214 leading. 91108 was providing the traction at the back.
John McIntyre 29/04/2017


East Linton: A class 37 leads 56107 through East Linton in 1992 hauling a southbound empty MGR train. The Class 56 continued in service until 2010 and was cut up the following year at Thompsons in Stockton.
Bill Roberton //1992


East Linton: A class 37 leads 56107, with a southbound empty MGR train, through East Linton in 1992.
Bill Roberton //1992

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