John Speller's Web Pages Symington, Biggar, And Broughton Railway

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The Symington, Biggar, And Broughton Railway was incorporated by an Act of 21 May, 1858 to construct a railway from the Caledonian, near Symington, to Biggar and Broughton. Capital, 36,000 in 10 shares; loans, 12,000. Length, 8 miles. By an Act of 3 July, 1860, the company was authorized to construct an extension to Peebles; length, 11 miles. New capital, 75,000 in shares and 24,900 by mortgage. By an Act of 1 August 1861 the Symington line was amalgamated with the Caledonian Railway. New capital was also authorized to the extent of 39,500 in shares and 24,900 on loan. A tramway ran eight miles south from Broughton to service a reservoir. The North British Railway built a short connecting line, known as the "Caledonian Branch" from their station at Peebles East to the Caledonian station at Peebles West. For some years the Caledonian Railway ran a "Tinto Express" (named after a hill two miles west of Symington) from Edinburgh to Peebles via the Symington line, in competition with the North British Railway's "Peebles-shire Express," and there was also an express service from Glasgow Central to Peebles. The whole line from Peebles to Symington closed to passenger traffic on 6 June 1950. The section between Peebles West and Broughton closed to goods traffic on 7 June 1954, with the final section between Symington and Broughton being closed to goods on 4 April 1966.
Map of the Symington, Biggar, And Broughton Railway (shown in green), with other Caledonian Railway lines (shown in red) and North British Railway lines (shown in blue)
The Caledonian Railway station at Peebles West. Photo credit: Maxwell Ancestry / Foter, licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
Lyne station on the Peebles extension of the Symington, Biggar, And Broughton Railway. Photo credit: Maxwell Ancestry / Foter, licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
Biggar station on the Symington, Biggar, And Broughton Railway. Image copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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