Dalkeith Branch (North British Railway)

Introduction

This was the line from Smeaton to Hardengreen Junction. This was the railway the North British Railway referred to as its Dalkeith Branch, rather than the short branch from Glenesk Junction.





Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a junction station. To the north the line, opened in 1866, ran to [[Monktonhall Junction (east of Edinburgh) and to the south the line continued through Dalkeith to Hardengreen Junction on the Waverley Route. To the south of the station was the branch to Macmerry (opened as far as Ormiston for goods in 1867). This was continued to Macmerry (goods 1868, passengers ...

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View north with the former Smeaton station at my back in 1997. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
Looking south west along the A6094 towards Whitecraig, with the former Gifford/Dalkeith Colliery branch crossing over. 1978. ...
Bill Roberton //1978
Dereliction at Smeaton in 1981, three years after closure of Dalkeith washer and the end of traffic. ...
Bill Roberton //1981
Looking south over the site of Smeaton station. ...
Ewan Crawford //


Also spelt Thorniebank. This siding was located on the Dalkeith Branch (North British Railway), the line between Hardengreen Junction and Smeaton. This was a single track line. There were two loops here on either side of the line with Thorneybank Signal Box (closed 1896) at the west end and a Thorneybank Estate siding at the west end of the loop, north side of the line, approached from ...

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Very little remains of the substantial Victoria Viaduct over the South Esk. This is the base a pier on the northern side of the river. The viaduct was ...
Ewan Crawford 26/12/2004
This view looks north from what was the trackbed of the Duke of Buccleuch's Tramway and later the Dalkeith Branch of the North British. Ahead was the ...
Ewan Crawford 26/12/2004



This was the junction between the re-gauged Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway and the Peebles Railway. Hardengreen Yard was developed here and the Dalkeith Branch (North British Railway) later also reached this location.
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Passing the site of Hardengreen Junction on the approach to Eskbank station on Sunday 14 August 2016 is the ScotRail 1011 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 14/08/2016
ScotRail 170458 accelerates away from the Eskbank stop and past the site of Hardengreen Junction on 12 March 2017 with the 0845 Tweedbank - Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 12/03/2017
Surviving tunnel mouth on the NB single line freight only route from Hardengreen Junction to Smeaton, photographed in March 2019. The route was closed ...
John Furnevel 15/03/2019
ScotRail 158741 passes the site of Hardengreen Junction [see image 17896] on 30 November 2017 with the 0924 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. The train is about ...
John Furnevel 30/11/2017