Riccarton Junction railway station

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Riccarton Junction
Riccarton Junction railway station in 2007.jpg
Riccarton Junction railway station in 2007.
Area Roxburghshire
Coordinates 55°16′17″N 2°43′36″W / 55.2715°N 2.7267°W / 55.2715; -2.7267Coordinates: 55°16′17″N 2°43′36″W / 55.2715°N 2.7267°W / 55.2715; -2.7267
Grid reference NY539977
Original company Border Union Railway - The Waverley Route
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms 3 (later 2)
2 July 1862 Opened as Riccarton NB
1 January 1905 Renamed Riccarton Junction
6 January 1969 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Riccarton Junction, in the county of Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders, was a railway village and station. In its heyday it had 118 residents and its own school, post office and grocery store. The station was an interchange between the Border Counties Railway branch to Hexham and the North British Railway's (NBR's) Border Union Railway (also known as the Waverley Route).


The settlement of Riccarton, which adjoins the station, consisted, in 1959, of around thirty houses, with at least one member of each household working for British Railways, which had a civil engineer's depot near the station.[1] Remarkably there was no road access until a forest track was built in 1963, all access until then being by rail. The isolated position of Riccarton and the need to provide for the villagers may have been one reason why the station remained open until the late 1960s, as by this time ordinary public traffic was virtually non-existent.[1] The branch line from Riccarton Junction to Kielder and Hexham in England was closed on 15 October 1956. The Waverley Route was closed on 6 January 1969. Part of it was re-opened in 2015 as the Borders Railway, but not as far south as Riccarton Junction.[2]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station closed
  North British Railway
Waverley Route
  Steele Road
Line and station closed
  North British Railway
Border Counties Railway
Line and station closed

Reuse (and Preservation)[edit]

Track panels were re-laid by the now wound-up Friends of Riccarton Junction, but these were later lifted in 2011.[3]

The Waverley Route Heritage Association have since reconstructed a section of track between Whitrope Siding and Tunnel as a heritage railway; this is not connected to the site at Riccarton itself. The association, having secured a three-year lease on the two-mile section to the site, are aiming to restore this section of the former route from its base at Whitrope down the line into the Junction as the southern terminus of the preserved line.

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways Following station
Whitrope   Border Union Railway   Terminus

In the Media[edit]

Ian Nairn visited the station three years after its closing in his 1972 programme Nairn Across Britain: From Leeds into Scotland. By this date the tracks through the station had been lifted.[4]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Riccarton Junction Station". The Railway Magazine. Vol. 105 no. 694. Westminster: Tothill Press. February 1959. p. 145.
  2. ^ A Brief History of Riccarton Junction
  3. ^ "Disused Stations - Riccarton Junction"Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 17 May 2016
  4. ^ Ian Nairn (Summer 1972). Narin Across Britain - From Leeds into Scotland (Television production). BBC. Event occurs at 21:55. Retrieved 18 April 2014.


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Thomas, John (1971). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. VI Scotland: The Lowlands and the Borders (1st ed.). Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-5408-6. OCLC 16198685.
  • Thomas, John; Paterson, Rev A. J. S. (1984). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. VI Scotland: The Lowlands and the Borders (2nd ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 0-9465-3712-7. OCLC 12521072.

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