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Millerhill Marshalling Yard and Associated Lines
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This marshalling yard and associated lines are still open. The marshalling yard has, however, been drastically cut back from its 1950s size. Further the lines which led south to Carlisle are now closed. This yard was built by British Railways in the 1950s Modernisation scheme.

Much of the former down yard and site of the Monktonhall Colliery is due for re-development as a new housing estate.

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Clickable map of the Millerhill Marshalling Yard and Associated Lines

Millerhill south end 1980s.
Partial remains Millerhill marshalling yard from the south. (Above in the 1980s, below in the 1990s)
Millerhill south end 1990s.

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An extensive marshalling yard with both up and down yards, sorting sidings, reception sidings and departure sidings. The up yard was approach in both directions from the East Coast Main Line and the Waverley Route and the down yard was approached in both directions by the Waverley Route.



Left, Millerhill Marshalling Yard from the north circa 1980. Right, similar view circa 2000.

This photographs shows the extent of the yard in 1988. The view is from the south end and faces north. The central main-line tracks were in the process of being lifted. Compare this view with a 1998 view (the left photograph below). In 1988 the original arrangement of the marshalling yard could still be seen.  Off to the left are the tracks for Monktonhall Colliery. Next to the right were the reception sidings for the down yard; the hump for the yard was located in the distance and the sorting sidings were beyond, to the left in the far distance were a series of blind sidings which faced north. Next was the main line track with loops on either side (one of the loops is being lifted in the picture, the other tracks havce gone). Next was the up yard and diesel locomotive depot, both of which are still open (the reception sidings, located in the far distance and the hump were both removed by this date). The sorting sidings here were slightly shorter than in the down yard, and this allowed the up yard to be connected by a new link to the east coast mainline. There is a triangular junction at the south end of the sorting sidings, the link for junction to Millerhill junction being on the right. Before the yard was built there were simply two tracks running through this area from Niddrie South Junction. The north end of the yard is now accessed by a double track line from Niddrie South Junction which becomes one track (where there was once a cross-over on the double track main line to give access to the up yard) and then turns away into the up yard.


Left - south end of Millerhill Marshalling Yard (yard mostly gone and now becoming overgrown with trees), Right - Millerhill East Junction where the lines from the Yard and Bilston Glen converge and run on to the East Coast Mainline. 

The partial remains of the Millerhill Marshalling yard remain, along with the Millerhill Diesel traction maintenance depot have been electrified as part of the East Coast Main Line Electrification. At present sidings remain at the South end for the Monktonhall colliery (now closed) and tracks remain at Millerhill Junction where the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway's line to Glencorse (and later Bilston Glen colliery) diverged. The tracks on the Edinburgh and Dalkeith route stop near the Edinburgh bypass. Also next to the junction stands one of the station buildings from Millerhill station. A short section, built by British Railways, connects the south end of the yard to Monktonhall Junction on the North British Railway section of the East Coast Main Line.

Page created on 26/04/2000
Page last edited on 16/07/2002
Page editor : Ewan Crawford