East Linton railway station

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East Linton
East Linton geograph-3801659-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
East Linton station site in July 1997
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

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

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

A study published in 2013 proposed that East Linton and Reston stations be reopened.[11] When Abellio ScotRail took over the franchise in April 2015, they committed to reopening both stations as part of the local Berwick service by December 2016. Although Scottish Government and local authority funding is now in place, a decision has been taken between Transport Scotland and East Lothian Council to integrate the construction of East Linton Railway Station within a larger programme of works in the next rail investment period of 2019 to 2024.[12]


  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 2013.
  12. ^ Ritchie 2017.


  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983.
  • Beeching, Richard (27 March 1963). The Reshaping of British Railways, part 1: Report (Report). London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  • 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.
  • Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176.
  • "East coast rail study submitted to transport minister". BBC News. BBC. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  • Ellis, Cuthbert Hamilton (September 1959) [1955]. The North British Railway (2nd ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. 813/284/15 959.
  • "Reston station case taken to Scottish Parliament". BBC News South Scotland. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  • Haddingtonshire (Map). 1:2500. Ordnance Survey. 1907.
  • The Railway Clearing House Handbook of Railway Stations 1904. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. 1970 [1904]. ISBN 0-7153-5120-6.
  • "Eastern fury at Abellio's delay for rail timetable". Southern Reporter. Selkirk: Johnston Publishing Ltd. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  • Ritchie, Cameron (20 July 2017). "Waiting another seven years for new station?". East Lothian Courier. Newsquest Clyde & Forth. Retrieved 19 February 2019.

External links

  • East Linton Station on navigable 1949 O.S. map
  • Photographs of East Linton at Railscot
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  North British Railway
NBR Main Line
  East Fortune
Line open, station closed
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