A History of Britain’s Railways

A train near Fountainhall on a pretty section of the re-opened railway.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) Tags: Moorland Farmland Main line Scotland
Opened by North British Railway

This railway has largely re-opened as the Borders Railway (Network Rail).

The line was an integral part of the former Waverley Route from Edinburgh to Carlisle via Galashiels and Hawick.

Originally to be built by the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway Company, the company was bought by the North British Railway before construction began and was opened as the larger company's Hawick Branch.

The line closed in 1969.

It re-opened in 2015 from Sheriffhall south to Galashiels and Tweedbank on the 6th of September.

The northern portion from Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction never closed and Brunstane station opened in 2002. Newcraighall opened on a portion of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway at the same time. From Newcraighall a new line, the Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail) takes the line south to Sheriffhall via a new station at Shawfair.


Most recently added photographs

During the day anyway there seems to be a set stabled at Tweedbank's Platform 2 (left) while Edinburgh trains come and go from Platform 1. I have long given up hope that the last units will ever be painted out of the pre-2008 livery. At least it gives a bit of variety. 4th February 2018
04/02/2018 David Panton


'Glad we kept the name?' The Station Garage on Station Road, alongside the entrance to Gorebridge station. Seen here in May 2016, some 47 years after the station closed and 8 months after it reopened.
26/05/2016 John Furnevel


It takes faith and imagination to plot the first 100 yards of the Selkirk branch from the junction, a mile or so south of Galashiels station. Suddenly though on the south side of the Gala Water, the embankment of the old branch rears up. This view looks towards the junction. The timbers on the right probably held the ground frame for the gasworks siding.
30/01/2018 David Panton

Selkirk Junction

Scene at Tweedbank on 30 January 2018 with the *Border Weaver* buslet taking on passengers travelling deeper into Border country.
30/01/2018 David Panton


ScotRail 158739 crossing a deserted A7 as it approaches the Gorebridge stop on a grey and overcast first day of February 2018. The train is the 1154 Edinburgh - Tweedbank.
01/02/2018 John Furnevel

Gore Glen Bridge

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Why built

This line was built to carry passengers, goods and livestock from the border towns of Hawick, Newtown St Boswells, Galashiels and the surrounding area to Edinburgh.

The re-opened line carries a passenger service from Tweedbank via Galashiels, where there is a transport interchange, north to Edinburgh.


//1845 Act receives Royal assent.
//1845 Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (as yet unbuilt) absorbed by North British Railway.
14/07/1847 [[Portobello East Junction]] to [[Niddrie South Junction]], [[Cairney]] to [[Millerhill]], re-alignment at [[Sheriffhall]] and [[Dalhousie]] to [[Gorebridge]] opened.
01/05/1848 Line extended from {{Gorebridge}} to {{Bowland}}.
20/04/1849 Line opened from Bowland to Hawick.
/10/1852 Newstead station closed
01/07/1862 Hawick 1st closed to passengers on opening of the Border Union Railway (North British Railway).
//1870 Fountainhall station masters house built.
17/07/1871 Auction Mart started by John Swan & Sons by the St Boswells station
14/12/1916 A major landslip at {{Ladhope Tunnel}}, just west of {{Galashiels}} station, blocks line.
//1923 {{Melrose}} station's timber roof removed.
//1964 {{Fountainhall}} becomes de-staffed.
06/01/1969 Edinburgh ({{Portobello East Junction}}) to Hawick to Carlisle ({{Port Carlisle Junction}}) closed to passengers. {{Newtongrange}}, {{Gorebridge}}, {{Tynehead}}, {{Heriot}}, {{Fountainhall}}, {{Stow}}, {{Galashiels 1st}}, {{Melrose}}, {{St Boswells}}, {{Hassendean}}, {{Hawick 2nd}}, {{Stobs}}, {{Shankend}}, {{Riccarton Junction}}, {{Steele Road}}, {{Newcastleton}} stations closed.
28/04/1969 Gorebridge, {{Lady Victoria Pit}}, (excluded) to {{Hawick 2nd}} officially closed to goods.
//1989 [[Millerhill Yard Junction]] (by [[Millerhill MPD]], approximate location of the former [[Cairnie]] station) to [[Millerhill Junction]] (south of the former [[Millerhill]] station) closed.
03/06/2002 {{Portobello East Junction}} to {{Niddrie South Junction}} and Niddrie South Junction to {{Newcraighall}} re-opened to passengers with a stations at {{Brunstane}} and {{Newcraighall}}. A long reversing spur was provided south of Newcraighall from the new {{Newcraighall Junction}}.
06/09/2015 [[Newcraighall North Junction]] to [[Tweedbank]] opened to passengers with stations at [[Shawfair]], [[Eskbank]], [[Newtongrange]], [[Gorebridge]], [[Stow]], [[Galashiels]] and [[Tweedbank]]. [[Newcraighall Junction]] renamed [[Newcraighall South Junction]].


The re-opened line carries passengers from Tweedbank and Galashiels to Edinburgh Waverley.


The original line ran south from Dalhousie to Gorebridge, Galashiels, Newtown St Boswells and Hawick. As built the line was double track and the northern approach, via the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway, was re-gauged and partly re-aligned. A short section was also opened from Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction upon which the 2002 Brunstane station opened, whereas Newcraighall is on the older Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.

Portobello East Junction
Newbattle Viaduct
Joppa [1st]
Millerhill Junction
Newtongrange [1st]
Sheriffhall [2nd]
Niddrie North Junction
Lady Victoria Pit Signalbox
Niddrie Junction [2nd]
Niddrie South Junction
Arniston Catchpoints
Gore Glen Bridge
Fushiebridge Junction
Fushiebridge [1st]
Borthwick Bank Signal Box
Tynehead Junction
Falahill Summit
Galabank Junction
Bowshank Tunnel
Bowland Junction
Torwoodlee Tunnel
Kilnknowe Junction
Ladhope Tunnel
Galashiels [1st]
Galashiels Goods
Galashiels Shed
Selkirk Junction
Darnick Siding
Newstead [Melrose]
Ravenswood Junction
St Boswells
St Boswells Shed [2nd]
Kelso Junction
Charlesfield Halt
Greenend Siding
Ale Water Viaduct
Standhill Siding
Hawick North Signal Box
Hawick Shed
Hawick [1st]

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