Station Name: SPROUSTON

[Source: Alan Young]

Sprouston Station Gallery 2: c1965 - June 2013

Sprouston station looking west from the down platform after closure to passengers, possibly in late summer 1965.  The building on the up platform is of generous size and satisfying design, the work of architects John and Benjamin Green. Although for most of its life this station was of little importance, for 18 months it was the western terminus of the York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway’s branch, serving as the station for Kelso. For this reason, and probably to make a confident statement of being the YNB’s ‘frontier’ station, it was given a building of substance.
Photo by Morrison Halbert from Roy Lambeth collection / ARPT collection

The former engine shed at Sprouston station looking south-west, possibly in late summer 1965. The goods sidings have been removed. The old weigh office is far right at a lower level.  Far left the ramp of the passenger station’s down platform can be seen.
Photo by Morrison Halbert from Roy Lambeth collection / ARPT collection

Looking south-west over Sprouston level crossing, possibly in late summer 1965, several months after all rail traffic ceased between Tweedmouth and Kelso. The base of the signal box is in the foreground, with demolition underway: note the missing masonry and bricks scattered on the ground. Beyond the crossing, the brick-built row of railway staff cottages can be seen left of the tracks, and the former engine shed and the passenger station building are in the centre of the picture.
Photo by Morrison Halbert from Roy Lambeth collection / ARPT collection

Sprouston station looking north-east in 1968. The down track had been removed in 1966, and although the Tweedmouth – Kelso line had been disused since March 1965 the up track would remain in place until 1969/70.  Both platforms are intact as is the main building on the up platform. The gable end of the c1900 railway cottages is visible. By this date the down platform passenger shelter, the water tank plinth, the engine shed and signal box have been demolished.
Photo by Bruce McCartney

Sprouston station under a light covering of snow on 2 January 1976. The two platforms and the station buildings remain intact.
Photo by Alan Young

The buildings on the up platform of Sprouston station, looking north-east in March 1978.
Photo by John Mann

Sprouston station, looking north-east in March 1978.
Photo by John Mann

A summertime view of the disused Sprouston station, looking north-east in the late 1970s. The trackbed has been colonised by grass, and shrubs are invading the platforms. Although intact, the station buildings are derelict.
Photo by Alan Lewis from his Ipernity photo gallery

The north-west elevation of the derelict Sprouston station in the late 1970s.  The absence of windows on the lower storey of the main gable is visually unsettling; the platform elevation is much more satisfying. The timber lean-to porch, tucked into a corner, is an interesting feature/
Photo by Alan Lewis from his Ipernity photo gallery

One of the elegant casement lanterns from Sprouston station is exhibited in 1987 at Darlington North Road Station Museum.
Photo by John Mann

Sprouston station looking south-west c1990. The platforms are intact, though overgrown, and the fine building appears to be derelict, as it was in photos from the late 1970s.
Photo from Railways of Berwick and the Eastern Borders Facebook Group

Sprouston station looking north-east in August 2001. The original buildings have been refurbished and extended, with an additional two-storeyed gabled structure at the far end and a two-storey section with dormer has appeared this side of the old stationmaster’s house. The new gable and dormer have overhanging roofs which complement the original structure. A small portion of the up platform is in the foreground whilst a lawn occupies the site of the platform and the trackbed beyond the pathway.
Photo by Alan Young

The road frontage of Sprouston station looking south in September 2006. The section of the building with two garage doors, closest to the camera, is new, but its stone construction and overhanging roof complement the original building to its right.
Photo by John Furnevel

The road frontage of the much extended Sprouston station buildings in June 2011.
Photo by Alan Young


June 2013

June 2013

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[Source: Alan Young]



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