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.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Slateford to Ravelrig via Balerno

This junction was at the east end of the Balerno Branch and connected the 1874 single track branch to the 1848 main line railway.
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Balerno Junction looking south west in 1999. The open main line is to the right and the trackbed of the Balerno route is to the left, the walker being ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
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 siding was between Hailes Halt (to the south) and Balerno Junction (to the north). The siding was on the south side of the line, above the Water of Leith, and accessed from the Balerno Junction direction. The siding had a loop and goods shed. A bridge connected the yard to Kate's Mill itself, on the south side of the Water of Leith.
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A 1999 view looking to Balerno from the site of Hailes Halt. The Water of Leith is on the left. ...
Ewan Crawford //1999

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
View north east to the bridge carrying Bridge Road over the site of Colinton station and, to the right, the Water of Leith. The goods yard platform is ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
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
A Class 08 shunting at Colinton in the summer of 1967. The rest of the train is just out of shot on the main line, while a wagon of coal is set down ...
Douglas Blades //1967

This was a single platform station. The platform was on the north (village) side of the line. The Water of Leith was just to the south, alongside the line, with a footbridge crossing to the south bank,
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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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The old goods yard at Currie, looking south from the station site in September 2003. The station had closed to passengers in 1943 with the Balerno ...
John Furnevel 22/09/2003
Trackbed of Balerno branch at Currie looking west, 2002. ...
John Furnevel //2002
BR Standard class 2 2-6-0 no 78046 with the 1965 Scottish Rambler no 4 railtour on 19 April 1965. The photograph is thought to have been taken ...
G W Robin 19/04/1965

This was the junction between the single track Balerno loop and the single track branch to Balerno Goods. Approach to the goods yard was from the east. Balerno station was just to the north of the junction, north of a road bridge.
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This was a single platform station. Although the Balerno Branch was a loop, Balerno station operated as a terminus with trains running to Edinburgh Princes Street. The loop was referred to as the Balerno Branch. The line continued west past the station to Ravelrig Junction and east to Balerno Junction via Juniper Green and Colinton. The next station east was Currie.
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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

This junction was formed in 1874 between the west end of the Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway) and the 1848 Caledonian Railway.
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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
Ravelrig Junction in a view looking east in 1999. The ballasted area to the right of the track was the junction sidings with the junction itself ...
Ewan Crawford //1999




Balerno Goods

This was the junction between the single track Balerno loop and the single track branch to Balerno Goods. Approach to the goods yard was from the east. Balerno station was just to the north of the junction, north of a road bridge.
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