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Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)

This railway is closed. The line ran from Slateford in Edinburgh to Balerno. The route is now a cycle-way.

 
Clickable map of the Balerno Loop

Local area 

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This line ran from Slateford to Balerno. The line served a number of Mills beside the Water of Leith.

Chronology 

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Description of route 

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The line runs from Slateford to Ravelrig with a goods-only branch to Balerno.

Ravelrig Junction

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This junction faced west towards Midcalder. There was a signal-box between the lines of the two routes here. There was a halt provided here. The Balerno loop joined the Caledonian Railway at this junction. The remains of the junction are still visible but somewhat overgrown.

Balerno

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This was a single platform station with a loop in a cutting. The loop was a later addition. The station site has been landscaped as part of a garden. The station master's house remains standing.

Balerno Goods

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The site of the goods yard is now a school. This was on a branch from the main Balerno loop line. The goods yard was never opened as a passenger station despite the protestations of the local populous; the site is closer to the town than the Balerno passenger station.

Balerno Goods Junction

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Here the Balerno goods line joined the Balerno loop. The junction faced east towards Slateford. The site of the junction is now under a nearby raod which has been re-aligned. There was a signalbox located at a high level between the two lines.

Currie

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This was the most major station of the route. The station had a passing loop, two wooden platforms a signalbox (on the westbound platform at the west end of the station) and a goods yard with a shed. The goods yard was accessed from the west end of the station and was located to the south of it. The goods shed remains standing today. The platforms exist as low earth mounds.

Kinleith Paper Mill

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This mill was located on the North side of the line and the sidings here were accessed from the east. There are a number of sidings still here but they may not remain much longer as the mill is being demolished.

Juniper Green

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This station had a single platform on the north side of the line. It had a goods yard which was accessed from the east end of the station and was located to the north of the line. A dispatch shed (out of use?) remains on the side of the goods yard. At the east end of the station there was once a signalbox on the north side of the line.

Colinton

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This was a single platform station located to the west of a tunnel. The tunnel is now lit as the old line is a cycleway. The platform was on the north side of the line. There was a goods yard, also on the north side of the line, which was accessed from the west end of the station, to the west of the road overbridge. The goods yard is now a carpark.

Hailes Halt

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There was a single platform halt here located on the north side of the line.

Balerno Junction

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This was the junction of the line with the Caledonian Railway in Slateford. The junction faced east towards central Edinburgh. There were two sidings here which could be accessed from the branch route.


Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford