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Berwick and Kelso Railway

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1811 By 51 Geo. III., c. 133, of May 31st, 1811, a railway on the Anglo-Scottish border, running from Spittal, via Coldstream to Kelso, was sanctioned. It was, however, never built.

The Act for its construction was noteworthy in that, for the first time, a charge for passengers was authorised. This was done by Sec. 55, which recited that for every carriage conveying passengers or light goods or parcels not exceeding 5 cwt., such sums could be charged as the company should appoint, but not exceeding 2d. per mile. A bridge was to be erected over the Tweed at Coldstream, which was to be available for vehicular and foot traffic.[1]

The company was dissolved prior to any of the planned railway being built, as a result of various disagreements amongst directors regarding issues such as land purchase and the cost of the proposed bridge over the Tweed.

1824 December 1st. At a meeting held in Edinburgh £22,550 was subscribed, in addition to £32,000 subscribed before towards carrying into effect the railway projected many years ago to pass from Kelso to Berwick. [2]

c.1849 the line was constructed

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1924/08/01
  2. The Times, Wednesday, Dec 08, 1824