John Speller's Web Pages Tweedmouth to Kelso Branch

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The branch line from the east coast port of Tweedmouth to Kelso was authorized under the Newcastle & Berwick Railway Act of 31 July 1845. The major engineering work on the line was the Twizell Viaduct. The branch line opened as far as Sprouston on 27 July 1849, and then to Kelso (NBR), via an end-on junction with the North British Railway's St Boswells to Kelso branch, at a point about halfway between Sprouston and Kelso, on 1 June 1851. This resulted in a through route 23 miles long from the East Coast Main Line at Tweedmouth to the North British Waverley line at St Boswells. This was a line that provided a useful alternative route should the East Coast Main Line be blocked for any reason, as it was by flooding from August to October 1948. A link between Coldstream and and the seaside town of Alnmouth later provided another alternative route should the East Coast Main Line be blocked between Alnmouth and Tweedmouth, which as far as I know it never was. The line between Coldstream and Alnwick closed in 1930. All stations between Tweedmouth and Kelso were closed to passengers on 4 July 1955, except for Coldstream and Norham which remained open until all passenger service was withdrawn on 15 June 1964. Goods service was withdrawn on 29 March 1965.
Map showing the North Eastern Railway's Kelso Branch
The staff of Norham station in around 1905
Twizell Viaduct. Image copyright Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Velvet Hall station, circa 1914
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