Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

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






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Class 20 no 20103 (still with tablet catcher recess) and sister locomotive head west light engine at the site of Balerno Junction in July 1978. ...
Bill Roberton /07/1978
The Balerno branch - seen here crossing the Union Canal looking towards Balerno Junction - lost its passenger services in 1943, but freight would ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 02/11/1964


This is a single track, single bore, 150 yd tunnel between Colinton and Hailes Halt. ...

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The south western portal of Colinton Tunnel on the Balerno branch. Photographed on 27 July 2017 from the site of Colinton station. The tunnel, which ...
John Furnevel 27/07/2017
The Edinburgh end of Colinton Tunnel on the Balerno branch in July 2017. Colinton station lay just beyond the other end of the tunnel [see image ...
John Furnevel 27/07/2017
The north portal of Colinton Tunnel on the Balerno branch on 22 March 2015. The branch lost its passenger service in 1943 and closed completely in ...
John Yellowlees 22/03/2015

This was a single platform station with a typical Caledonian Railway small station timber building. The station was immediately west of Colinton Tunnel.
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Remains of the goods platform at Colinton in July 2017, looking west below the B701 road bridge towards Balerno. [See image 56932] ...
John Furnevel 27/07/2017
Plaque on a cairn alongside the remains of Colinton station, which might prove a little confusing to the casual visitor or passing walker. For the ...
John Furnevel 27/05/2017
The old goods platform at Colinton looking north east in August 2003. The station proper was located on the other side of the bridge carrying the B701 ...
John Furnevel 02/08/2003
Colinton. The Balerno branch goods about to enter Colinton tunnel on its way back to Millerhill via the sub in the summer of 1967. The wagons with ...
Douglas Blades //1967


This was a two platform station with a passing loop on a single track line. This station was in the south of Currie, unlike Currie [1st] which it replaced, some way to the north. There was a goods yard to the south, served from the west. There was a water tank at the west end and signal box. Each platform had waiting rooms.
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This was a single platform station.
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A recent walk along the Water of Leith Walkway showed that there are still a few telegraph poles lurking in the undergrowth, and here's one near ...
Alasdair Taylor 19/11/2017


Freightliner 66554 climbs towards Ravelrig with a Grantshouse - Carlisle train of recovered track panels on 30th September 2017.
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Bill Roberton 30/09/2017
The 07.55 from Inverness to London KX, led by power car 43238 'National Railway Museum 40 Years 1975-2015', diverted via the WCML due to track ...
Bill Roberton 30/09/2017
The 12.52 Edinburgh - London Euston nears the former Ravelrig Junction on 30th September 2017. In the background is Dalmahoy Hill.
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Bill Roberton 30/09/2017
26014 with a PW train, Ravelrig Jct, Balerno. 26 May 1982 ...
Peter Todd 26/05/1982