Quintinshill Loops

Location type


Names and dates

Quintinshill Signal Box (1880-1903)
Quintinshill Loops (1903-)

Opened on the Caledonian Railway.


There are refuge loops at Quintinshill on both the north and south bound lines. The location is just north of Gretna Junction.

A signal box opened here around 1880. There was a trailing crossover. The box was on the north side of the line.

The loops were installed in 1903 and the box replaced.

Quintinshill is the site of the Quintinshill Disaster. The accident was on the 22nd of May 1915. A memorial to the dead stands in Rosebank Cemetery.

The loops run between Blacksike Bridge (over line), to the west and Quintinshill Bridge (under line) to the east.

The box closed in 1973, in the run up to electrification. It was replaced by the Carlisle Signalling Centre.

The loops were named for a nearby farm to the south east which no longer exists.




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