Gifford and Garvald Railway

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Macmerry and Gifford Lines
Locale Scotland
Successor North British Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Gifford
Humbie
Saltoun
Pencaitland
Macmerry
Winton
Ormiston
Crossgatehall Halt
East Coast Main Line
to Dunbar
Inveresk
Smeaton
East Coast Main Line
to Edinburgh
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
part of Waverley Route

The Gifford and Garvald Railway was a 9.25 mile long, single track branch railway line in East Lothian, Scotland, that ran from a junction west of Ormiston on the Macmerry Branch to Gifford via three intermediate stations, Pencaitland, Saltoun, and Humbie.[1]

History[edit]

The line was proposed in November 1890 and the company was authorised on 3 July 1891 to construct a line of 12 miles and 200 yards. Only 9.25 miles of line was completed and opened on 14 October 1901.[2] Run by the North British Railway from opening the line remained independent until 1923 when it became part of London and North Eastern Railway.[3] At Pencaitland, the line served the Glenkinchie distillery.[1] The extension of the line to Garvald was never completed.[1]

The line closed to passengers on 3 April 1933 when the Macmerry Branch withdrew its services. After a bridge collapse in August 1948 the section from Gifford to Humbie closed but the remaining line stayed open. On 2 May 1960 the line past Humbie closed to freight and the remaining line on 25 April 1965.[3]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gifford and Garvald Railway". A History of Britain's Railways. Railscot. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "The route of the Gifford & Garvald Railway 1890". Gifford Online. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Chronology for Gifford and Garvald Railway". Railscot. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 

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