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Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway

A portion of this line remains, in abeyance, between Millerhill and Loanhead. The section immediately south of Millerhill has recently (early 2002) seen some maintenance to signalling and re-ballasting. From here to the end of the trackwork at Loanhead the track is in appalling condition with trees growing between the sleepers.

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Clickable map of the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway

Bilston viaduct.
Bilston viaduct

Local area 

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This line ran from the east of Edinburgh to the north of Penicuik. Along its course it served a number of coalmines at Gilmerton, Loanhead, Bilston Glen, Roslin and Mauricewood (connected to it by a tramway) near Penicuik. Today the area is mostly farmed and the towns are within short commuting distance of Edinburgh - will part of the line re-open?

Chronology 

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The line was the last to Penicuik opened.

Description of route 

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From Millerhill to Glencorse, by Penicuik.

Millerhill Junction

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This was a north facing junction just to the south of the closed Millerhill station

Gilmerton

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This was a single platform station with a passing loop and goods yard. A nearby coalmine was rail-served.

Pentland Oilworks

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This works was served by a branch which ran from a north facing junction about half a mile north of Loanhead station. The site is now a retail park. There is a mistake on the present OS Map of Edinburgh which labels a large Victorian water conduit running south from here towards Penicuik as 'dismantled railway'. OS have been contacted about the error.

Loanhead

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This was a single platform station with a passing loop. The nearby Ramsay colliery was rail-served. To the south of this station marks the end of the trackwork as it exists today.

Burghlee Colliery

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This colliery was served by a short branch (junction facing north) not far to the south of Loanhead station. The branch was later extended to the much larger Bilston Glen Colliery

Bilston Glen Colliery

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Former Bilston Glen Stockyard.
Former Bilston Glen Stockyard.

This large National Coal Board Colliery is now closed. There was extensive trackwork and exchange sidings. The loading point had traversers for wagons. The mine served the Cockenzie Power Station and was worked out by the 1980s although it took until the later 1980s for all the stockpiled coal to be hauled away. The sidings and collery site is now partly occupied by an industrial estate and partly left to grow wild.

Bilston Viaduct

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Bilston viaduct.
Bilston viaduct

This large viaduct was to the south of Loanhead station just after the collier exchange sidings. The viaduct has been recently renovated as part of the cycleway from Loanhead to Roslin.

Roslin

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The photograph looks west from the site of the station, which was behind the photographer. The site has been re-developed. To the north of the site was a colliery which was rail-served. The station had a single platform and passing loop.

Glencorse

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This was the terminus of the line. The station had a passing loop. The station was by the Glencorse Barracks, although there had been intensions of continuing the line into Penicuik which were blocked by other existing railway lines. The trackwork did continue south of the station to serve a gasworks and the Mauricewood Colliery (where there was a disaster) which was connected to the line by a tramroad. The mine was owned by the Shotts Iron Company, leading to the local area being called Shottstown.


Page created on 11/03/1997
Page last edited on: 11/09/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford