East Linton railway station
East Linton Station 1997 (Ben Brooksbank)
|Original company||North British Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North British Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|22 June 1846||Station opened as Linton|
|December 1864||Renamed East Linton|
|4 May 1964||Station closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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The main line of the North British Railway, between Edinburgh (North Bridge) and Berwick-upon-Tweed, was authorised either on 4 July 1844 or on 19 July 1844, and opened to the public on 22 June 1846. One of the original stations was Linton, which was flanked by Drem towards Edinburgh and Dunbar towards Berwick. The initial service was of five trains each way on weekdays, and two on Sundays.
In 1904 the station was able to handle all classes of traffic (goods, passengers, parcels, wheeled vehicles, livestock, etc.) and there was a goods crane capable of lifting 3 long tons (3,048 kg).
Maps of the period show that East Linton station had platforms on both sides of the double-track main line which were linked by a footbridge; the station building was on the southern (westbound) platform; the goods yard with its crane was on the south side of the main line on the western side of the station. The maps also show long sidings each side of the line to the west of the station, a goods shed and weighing machine in the goods yard, a signal box opposite the goods shed and several signals.
Decline and closure
Proposals to reopen the station, along with the former station at Reston, have received the backing of John Lamont MSP, who has taken the case to the Scottish Parliament. A study published in 2013 proposed that East Linton and Reston stations be reopened. Since Abellio ScotRail took over the franchise in April 2015, they have now committed to reopening East Linton and Reston Stations as part of the local Berwick service by December 2016 but due to the shortage of rolling stock this will now commence in December 2018.
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|Preceding station||Historical railways||Following station|
Line and station open
|North British Railway
NBR Main Line
Line open, station closed