East Linton railway station

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East Linton
East Linton geograph-3801659-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
East Linton Station 1997 (Ben Brooksbank)
Place East Linton
Area East Lothian
Coordinates 55°59′08″N 2°39′28″W / 55.9856°N 2.6579°W / 55.9856; -2.6579Coordinates: 55°59′08″N 2°39′28″W / 55.9856°N 2.6579°W / 55.9856; -2.6579
Grid reference NT590771
Original company North British Railway
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms 2
22 June 1846 (1846-06-22) Station opened as Linton
December 1864 Renamed East Linton
4 May 1964 (1964-05-04) Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

East Linton railway station served the town of East Linton in Scotland between 1846 and 1964. It was on the main line of the North British Railway.


The main line of the North British Railway, between Edinburgh (North Bridge) and Berwick-upon-Tweed, was authorised either on 4 July 1844[1] or on 19 July 1844,[2] and opened to the public on 22 June 1846.[3][1][4] One of the original stations was Linton, which was flanked by Drem towards Edinburgh and Dunbar towards Berwick.[5] The initial service was of five trains each way on weekdays, and two on Sundays.[3]

The main line ran roughly east–west through Linton.[6] East Fortune station, between Drem and Linton, opened c. 1849.[7] Linton station was renamed East Linton in December 1864.[7][4]


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).[8]

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.[9]

Decline and closure[edit]

Unlike Drem and Dunbar, both East Linton and East Fortune were listed for closure in the first Beeching report,[10] and duly closed on 4 May 1964.[7]

The future[edit]

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.[11] A study published in 2013 proposed that East Linton and Reston stations be reopened.[12] 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.[13]


  1. ^ a b Awdry 1990, p. 152.
  2. ^ Ellis 1959, p. 5.
  3. ^ a b Ellis 1959, p. 11.
  4. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 143.
  5. ^ Ellis 1959, p. 8.
  6. ^ Conolly 1976, p. 31, section B1.
  7. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 88.
  8. ^ RCH 1970, p. 181.
  9. ^ OS 1907.
  10. ^ Beeching 1963, p. 123.
  11. ^ BBC News 2012.
  12. ^ BBC News 2013.
  13. ^ Southern Reporter 2015.


External links[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  North British Railway
NBR Main Line
  East Fortune
Line open, station closed