Greenlaw and the last train to Kelso Last train to Greenlaw The Langholm branch Final years of the main line Execution Book
Earlston - train about to leave for Greenlaw Fans Loanend siding (site of!)
Bruce McCartney Monorail
Last train to Greenlaw
16 July 1965 These pictures depict the last days of the Berwickshire Railway - the western end of it, that is. Built as a through route from Ravenswood Junction, near St Boswells on the Waverley route, to Reston on the east coast main line, it was already little more than a byway when the floods of 1948 washed away a stretch of track roughly in the middle of the line between Duns and Greenlaw. The floods closed the main line for 11 weeks, resulting in some interesting diversions. The severance of the Berwickshire Railway was permanent however, and for the remainder of its existence it was operated as two branch lines. Formal closure of the western branch was on the 19th of July 1965 - but the last train ran the previous Friday. Bruce was out to record its passing - and had a ride on the train too.
Between Earlston and Gordon Gordon - train about to leave for Greenlaw
Leaving Gordon for Greenlaw Between Gordon and Greenlaw ("by this time", comments Bruce, "I'd cadged a lift on the loco!")
End of the line at Greenlaw Leaving Gordon
Shunting at Gordon Shunting at Gordon
Stationmaster watches last train leave Gordon Between Earlston and Gordon
Level crossing just outside Earlston on the Gordon side Last train leaves Earlston
Family group at Earlston prior to departure Almost back at St Boswells - Leaderfoot Viaduct
For a map and further details on the line, see Ewan Crawford's excellent "Railscot" page: Berwickshire Railway
All photos are copyright Bruce McCartney. Contact Bruce if you wish to use them in any way
Bruce McCartney’s book”Memories of Lost Border Railways” is now available, and it’s a great read. Click the book for more details
Last train to Greenlaw