South Queensferry Branch
(Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
This single track line is closed, except
for a short section near Dalmeny.
This line runs through farmland between Ratho
and Dalmeny. There was a naval depot north at Royal Elizabeth Yard, north of
Kirkliston, which is now an industrial estate. The depot was rail served.
Description of route
This line ran from Ratho to South Queensferry.
This is an east facing junction where the line
leaves the Edinburgh
and Glasgow Railway main line.
Ratho Low Level
There were two station at Ratho, one on the
main line and one on the South Queensferry line. Little remains of the former
low level station alothough there are some loading banks for freight.
Kirkliston station had a single platform and
passing loop. The site of the station is now a housing estate. To the south
of the station was a goods yard which served a nearby distillery. Loading banks
Dalmeny South Junction
The south Queensferry line was the original
To the south of the Dalmeny Junctions there
was a south facing connection to the Royal Elizabeth Yard.
The line, coming from the south, was met at
a north facing junction by the Forth
Bridge Connecting Lines from Saughton. Slightly further north at a south
facing junction the Forth
Bridge Railway met the line. This line ran a little further north to be
met at another north facing junction
by the by the Forth
Bridge Connecting Lines from Winchburgh. The South Queensferry Branch was
to run to the east of this last junction and drop down under the Forth Bridge
to approach South Queensferry.
Little remains of this former station. The
cutting has been altered by conversion into a footpath.
Little remains of this former station.
South Queensferry (Old)
This was the original terminus of the line
by the harbour at South Queensferry. The terminus was left on a very short branch
when the line was extended further west.
The line was extended further west to Port
Edgar and an intermediary station built here. Very little remains as the ground
levels have been altered. A large depot was established nearby during the construction
of the Forth Bridge.
Some parts of this depot can be found in the undergrowth.
This was the terminus of the line. Although
nothing remains of a station here rails are still embedded into the cobbles
Page created on 11/01/1997
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford