Scottish Main Lines

Carlisle to Beattock

Including the Dumfries branch

by Roger Darsley & Dennis Lovett

Leaving the Border city of Carlisle, the West Coast Main Line climbs through Annandale and the Southern Uplands to reach Beattock. The branch line to Dumfries provides an interesting diversion away from the main line and served some diverse industries enroute. 



'The ‘Ultimate Rail Encyclopaedia’ is still going strong following Vic Mitchell’s passing, with this volume following the standard pattern of photographs past and present and extracts from historic OS maps.'
(The Railway Observer, Vol.92, No.1121, July 2022)

'This has to be one of the most exciting routes covered by a Middleton part work, and there is something of interest on every page - powerful locomotives, main line expresses, heavy freights, steep gradients, and spectacular scenery as well.'
(Howard Johnston, Steam World, Issue 418, April 2022)

'Here are two fine additions to the superb series that covers distinct geographical areas of our extensive railway system through historic monochrome images... Strongly recommended indeed.'
(RSS) The Railway Magazine, May 2022
[Review on Carlisle to Beattock & Alnmouth to Berwick]

'In their usual thorough fashion, they [Roger Darsley & Dennis Lovett] preface a mainly photographic album by explaining the geographical setting and historical background, telling us how the line through Annandale was operated including timetables from 1918 and a century later...
   ...The usual excellent value, this is one of the most interesting additions yet to an imposing series.'
The True Line (Journal of The Caledonian Railway Association), April 2022

Book Details

Roger Darsley & Dennis Lovett
Scottish Main Lines
Middleton Press Ltd
19 February 2022
240 x 174 mm
96 Pages
120 Photographs
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history

Stations & Locations

Stations Photo
Carlisle Citadel FC, 1-14
Beattock BC, 108-120
Dentonholme North Junction 15
Etterby Bridge 17-18
Etterby Junction 19
Kingmoor Shed 20-25
Kingmoor Diesel Depot 26-29, 35-36
Kingmoor Yard 30-34
Rockcliffe 37-38
Floriston 39-41
Mossband Office Halt 42
Mossband Platform 43
Gretna 44-48
Gretna Junction 49-50
Quintinshill 51-54
Kirkpatrick 55-58
Kirtlebridge 59-65
Ecclefechan 66-68
Lockerbie 69-76
Lochmaben 77-78
Shieldhill 79-80
Amisfield 81-82
Locharbriggs 83-84
Arrol & Johnston Motor Works 85-88
Dumfries 89, 93-98
Dumfries Engine Shed (CR) 90-91
Dumfries St Mary's 92
Dumfries Engine Shed (GSWR) 99-100
Nethercleugh 101-102
Dinwoodie 103-105
Wamphray 106-107