Greenlaw and the last train to Kelso Last train to Greenlaw The Langholm branch Final years of the main line Execution Book Bruce McCartney Monorail
Greenlaw and the last train to Kelso
Easter 1965: Between Earlston and Ravenswood
Fans Loanend
Propelling between Gordon and Earlston
Gordon - looking towards Earlston from the road bridge
Leaderfoot Viaduct
Just rejoined the Waverley Route at Ravenswood Junction box
March 1968: Left: Kelso station. "Wink" Henry* watching the loco hook up before the last freight leaves Kelso. Right: Maxton station with the freight returning to Kelso
Sprouston station.  The double track from Kelso to  Berwick was singled, and left for a few years after the closure of  the freight service from Kelso to Tweedmouth in March 1965
*"Wink" lived at  Newcastleton and worked on the "relief."  He told Bruce that he had worked over 150 different stations, level crossing, sidings etc. The normal Kelso BR employee (the only one by then) was in the guard's van with his fishing rod and was dropped off at Roxburgh viaduct. See also “Last train to Greenlaw” for more on the Greenlaw line For maps and further details on the line, see Ewan Crawford's excellent "Railscot" pages: Berwickshire Railway and Kelso Branch
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Greenlaw and the last train to Kelso