Location type


Name and dates

Newcastleton (1862-1969)

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


This was a two platform station on the west side of Newcastleton. The main station building, of a single storey, was on the southbound platform.

At the south end of the station was a level crossing with Langholm Street, with a signal box on the north side of the road, west side of the railway. Alongside this a footbridge crossed between the platforms. South of the level crossing, on the west side, was a large railway cottage and long siding which was approached from the north.

At there north end of the station, on the east side, were several looped goods sidings with a shed. This was not connected to the line at the north end of the sidings. There was a short dock siding at the north end of the northbound platform.

The level crossing is the site of the famous protest where villagers blocked the line and the Reverend Brydon Maben was saved by David Steel MPs intervention.

On closure the southbound line was lifted first. The site of the station is cleared. Much of it is vacant and the northern portion is now a caravan park. The railway cottage remains standing and in use as a private house.

To the north of the station was the Hermitage Viaduct (or Sandholm Viaduct), now demolished.

The line was briefly single track, doubled in the first year of operation.



External links

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


01/03/1862Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
The line is extended from Scotch Dyke to Newcastleton. (Goods only?)
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 Marquis of Lothians Waggonway 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.


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