Drem Railway Station

(An Druim)

Drem Station
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Drem Station

A railway station and junction in East Lothian, Drem (referred to in Gaelic as An Druim) lies 2¾ miles (4.5 km) southeast of Gullane and 3½ miles (5.5 km) north of Haddington. The two-platform station opened in 1846 with the North British Railway's new line between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed, which is now the East Coast Main Line. The branch to North Berwick opened three years later and a junction established a half-mile (0.8 km) to the east northeast. Now operated by ScotRail, Drem Railway Station is unstaffed. It is only North Berwick services which stop here, but the station is used by more than 150,000 passengers per annum (2016). It is preceded by Longniddry Railway Station, 4½ miles (7 km) to the west southwest, and followed by North Berwick, a similar distance to the north northeast.

A modern overbridge allows foot passengers to move between the platforms, while a masonry bridge which carries a minor road over the line to Athelstaneford had to be rebuilt and raised as part of the line electrification programme, completed in 1990. The station buildings are B-listed in 1977. In 1989, the Herald newspaper reported that British Rail was forced to rebuild in every detail the waiting room and toilet here, which had been demolished by mistake in 1984 supposedly because a comma had been wrongly positioned in the demolition team's work order. This excuse seems unlikely, given that unprotected stations at North Berwick and Longniddry were successfully demolished about the same time.

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