Falahill Summit

Location type


Name and dates

Falahill Summit (1848-1963)

, Scotland
Opened on the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).


This is a summit of 880 ft. A weigh station was opened at Falahill with the line. Banking to Falahill Summit was common. The location had up and down loops and sidings. There was a water tank and signal box, dating from 1894, on the east side.

The sidings were taken out of use before the closure of the line and, after the line^s closure, the railway cottage remained in private use. The box closed in 1963. This had been on the east side of the line, north of the water tank and signal box.

There were sidings on the southbound side on opening, accessed by reversal. The layout changed and ultimately there were loops on both side and two sidings on each side, the loops and sidings on the west side probably being wartime provisions.

With the re-opening of the line sidings have not been established here and house, which used the trackbed for access, demolished.


Fala Hill itself is to the west of the former sidings.


Sidings summit

External links

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


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

Forgotten Railways: Scotland

Galashiels 1897: Selkirkshire Sheet 08.02 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Selkirkshire)

Galashiels to Edinburgh: Including the Lauder and Dalkeith Branches - the Waverley Route (Scml)

Hawick 1897: Roxburghshire Sheet 25.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Roxburghshire)

Hawick to Galashiels: The Waverley Route Including the Selkirk Branch (Scottish Main Lines)

Last Years of the Waverley Route

North British Railway, Vol. 1 (Standard Railway History)

North British Railway, Vol. 2 (Standard Railway History)

On the Waverley Route

Railways Of Scotland 2: The Waverley Route DVD - Cinerail

The Waverley Route Through Time

The Waverley Route: Its Heritage and Revival

The Waverley Route: The Postwar Years

Waverley Route: The battle for the Borders Railway

Waverley Route: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Borders Railway

Waverley: Portrait of a Famous Route