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)
Crossgatehall Halt
East Coast Main Line
to Dunbar
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]


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]



  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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