Dunbar railway station

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This article is about the railway station in Scotland. For the cattle station in Queensland, see Dunbar Station (Queensland).
Dunbar National Rail
Place Dunbar
Local authority East Lothian
Coordinates 55°59′55″N 2°30′52″W / 55.9985°N 2.5145°W / 55.9985; -2.5145Coordinates: 55°59′55″N 2°30′52″W / 55.9985°N 2.5145°W / 55.9985; -2.5145
Grid reference NT680784
Station code DUN
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 0.334 million
2011/12 Increase 0.360 million
2012/13 Increase 0.374 million
2013/14 Increase 0.400 million
2014/15 Increase 0.426 million
Original company North British Railway
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping LNER
16 June 1846 Opened[1][2]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dunbar from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Dunbar railway station serves the town of Dunbar in East Lothian, Scotland. It is located on the East Coast Main Line and is a single platform station. The platform is located on a loop adjacent to the main through lines. It is halfway between Edinburgh Waverley and Berwick-upon-Tweed with a distance of about 28 miles (45 km). The line on which the platform is located is bi-directional (meaning that trains travelling to/from London or Edinburgh Waverley take it in turns to use the station if they are scheduled to stop there) and along with Syston station in Leicester it is a rare example of a single platformed main line railway station used on a major route.


The station, which was first opened by the North British Railway in June 1846, used to have two platforms and an overall roof.[2] Both features no longer exist - the northbound platform loop line was taken out of use and lifted in the early 1970s, whilst the platform itself and the station roof were both removed during the modernisation and electrification by British Rail of the northern end of the East Coast Main Line between 1989 and 1991.

For approximately five months in 1979, this was the terminal station for a shuttle service to Edinburgh Waverley. The shuttle service was provided after the East Coast Main Line was blocked due to the collapse of Penmanshiel Tunnel. Buses linked Dunbar with Berwick-upon-Tweed, from where rail services to London King's Cross resumed.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 3 January 1898, an express passenger train collided with a freight train that was being shunted. One person was killed and 21 were injured.[3]


The station is served by Abellio ScotRail, CrossCountry and Virgin Trains East Coast. It is currently managed by Abellio ScotRail.[4][5]

The station is served mainly by CrossCountry trains on the Plymouth to Edinburgh route with projections to/from Dundee (2 Services Monday-Saturday and 1 on Sundays), Aberdeen (1 service per day) or Glasgow Central (0700 service weekdays) in the north and Penzance (1 service per day Monday-Saturday with an occasional Sunday) in the south. These trains serve Dunbar at roughly two-hourly intervals throughout the day. Some Virgin Trains East Coast services between London King's Cross and Edinburgh Waverley call at Dunbar.

ScotRail also provides some Monday to Saturday services to Edinburgh. The weekday ScotRail services were introduced in the May 2010 timetable (marking the first time in 20 years since Scottish local services used Dunbar). A year later in May 2011, all ScotRail services between Dunbar and Edinburgh introduced a one intermediate stop at Musselburgh to allow the connection of Dunbar students to Queen Margaret University. From the beginning of the December 2011 timetable, a late Saturday night service to Dunbar from Edinburgh was introduced. The Saturday daytime services were introduced in the December 2012 timetable. The ScotRail services enhance Dunbar every two hours during the day making the daytime services hourly on Mondays-Saturdays. ScotRail does not serve Dunbar on Sundays. Train services on Sundays are two hourly throughout the day except for the evenings where these services are hourly until mid/late evening.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Berwick-upon-Tweed   CrossCountry
Cross Country Network
  Edinburgh Waverley
Berwick-upon-Tweed   Virgin Trains East Coast
  Edinburgh Waverley
Terminus   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh to Dunbar
Historical railways
Line open; station closed
  North British Railway
NBR Main Line
  East Linton
Line open; station closed


  1. ^ Butt (1995)
  2. ^ a b RAILSCOT
  3. ^ Trevena, Arthur (1981). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 2. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 9. ISBN 0-906899-03-6. 
  4. ^ ScotRail Franchise Invitation to Tender Transport Scotland 23 January 2014
  5. ^ [1]