Lockerbie Railway Station


Lockerbie Railway Station
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Lockerbie Railway Station

A busy railway station on the West Coast Main Line in NE Dumfries and Galloway, Lockerbie (known in Gaelic as Locarbaidh) lies immediately to the northeast of the town centre. This station was built by the Caledonian Railway in 1847. In 1863, it became a junction with the opening of the Dumfries, Lochmaben & Lockerbie Railway but this line closed in 1966, a victim of Dr. Beeching's rationalisation of the British railways. The original buildings remain, constructed in dark whinstone with contrasting red sandstone dressings and featuring crowstepped gables and prominent chimney-stacks. These buildings were B-listed in 1988, although the original canopy extending from over the northbound platform has been removed. There was once a separate goods station 250m / 275 yards to the south.

Now staffed part-time, Lockerbie Station is operated by ScotRail, although incongruously no ScotRail services stop here, only cross-border services operated by other rail companies. There are two platforms, connected by an pedestrian overbridge, and a passing loop. Passenger numbers have grown significantly, from 140,250 per annum in 2010 to 205,408 in 2016. It is preceded by Carlisle Railway Station, 22 miles (35 km) to the southeast. The line splits at Carstairs Junction, 41 miles (66 km) to the north northwest. The next station on the Glasgow branch is Carstairs Railway Station, while on the Edinburgh branch it is Kirknewton, 53 miles (85 km) to the north, although trains do not stop until Edinburgh Haymarket.

A fatal accident occurred here on the 4th May 1883. A low-speed collision between a local service and a goods train displaced carriages into the path of a busy express train heading for Glasgow. Seven people were killed, including the driver and fireman of the express, and around 300 injured.

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