Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)

Introduction

This deviation was built to replace the rope-operated incline between Canal Street and Scotland Street. A portion of this connecting line remains from Piershill Junction to Powderhall. A disused section of track also remains between Piershill Junction and Abbeyhill Junction.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Abbeyhill to Trinity

This junction was formed between the 1868 Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway) and the 1846 North British Railway. It was east of Edinburgh Waverley and the Calton Tunnels.
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Even the leafless January vegetation gets in the way of what would otherwise be a decent viewpoint in Regent Road Park. Therefore please think of this ...
David Panton 17/01/2019
46100 Royal Scot passing Abbeyhill eastbound on Sunday 14 August 2016 shortly after leaving Waverley with the ScotRail 'Borders Line Steam ...
Jim Peebles 14/08/2016
150.208 approaches Waverley from the east having just cleared the former Abbeyhill Junction in 1989. ...
Ewan Crawford 12/06/1989
An inbound class 380 on an East Lothian - Edinburgh service crosses Spring Gardens, near Abbeyhill on 11 October. In the background a class 91 ...
Bill Roberton 11/10/2011

This was a two platform station with waiting shelters at platform level and a booking office over the line on London Road and stairways running down to platform level. The station opened with the Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway).
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Street ent​​rance to the trackwork compound on the site of Abbeyhill station. The sign on the left is of historical interest, and there are ...
David Panton 24/02/2018
Scene in the Abbeyhill area of Edinburgh in 1988 showing the remains of a siding off the Abbeyhill loop, thought to have served Wm Youngers' Moray ...
Bill Roberton //1988
Street level building at Abbeyhill, now gone. View looks to Waverley. ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
View east of the overgrown platforms and trackbed at Abbeyhill in 1999 showing the now removed street level building and stairs. ...
Ewan Crawford //1999

This was a three way double track junction. No railway remains in use here today.
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The plan seems to be to develop every last square metre of the Lochend Butterfly (https://maps.nls.uk/view/130075185 - it's even got a street named ...
David Panton 28/07/2018
A shot of the curve to Easter Road from a passing DMU in 1986. I don't know if the main line turnout was still connected. I have a shot from a year ...
Bill Roberton //1986
47663 passes the dismantled turnout for Easter Road as it passes London Road Junction in 1987 with a diverted (because of ECML electrification work) ...
Bill Roberton //1987
London Road Junction. With Abbeyhill station behind, the line to Granton (left) and to Lochend Junction (right). Just off to the right the line ...
Ewan Crawford 12/06/1989

Easter Road Junction [see image 17507] was situated right at Easter Road station (closed 1947) at the other end of the curve from Abbeyhill Junction. ...
David Panton 13/11/2010
The Crawford footbridge, where I'm standing, plays a supporting role in the
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David Panton 20/12/2017
The curve between London Road Junction on the Abbeyhill loop and Easter Road Junction (behind me) allowed trains from Waverley to reach Granton ...
David Panton 03/12/2017
The V between the Granton (now Powderhall) branch on the left and former curve to Abbeyhill, just beyond the site of Easter Road Junction, is being ...
David Panton 09/08/2015

Easter Road station was a two platform station in a very constrained site. To the west of Easter Road, which crossed over the line to the immediate west, was Leith Walk East Goods which was a large goods station with headshunts just west of the road bridge. The goods station was on the south side of the line and sidings for works were on the north side. To the east of the station was [[Easter ...

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The Easter Road - London Road Junction spur in 1987, with evidence of spot sleeper renewal not long before it was lifted.
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Bill Roberton //1987
Looking towards the site of Leith Walk East goods yard (on the left) in 1988 with the old line to Granton awaiting the Powderhall traffic.
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Bill Roberton //1988
67009 passes the overgrown platforms at Easter Road on its return from Powderhall Refuse Depot to Millerhill on 28 October 2014. ...
Bill Roberton 28/10/2014
67025 passes the former Easter Road Junction with the returning Oxwellmains - Powderhall empty 'bins' on 20 January 2015. ...
Bill Roberton 20/01/2015

This was a two platform station on the west side of Leith Walk. The main station building was at street level on the south side and there were waiting shelters on each platform. The footbridge was on the west side of Leith Walk with stairs down to the platforms. A row of shops is on the east side of the Leith Walk bridge over the railway.
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Rusty rails. The Powderhall waste transfer station is now out of action. ...
John Yellowlees 03/02/2017
The remains of Leith Walk station looking north west towards Powderhall on 1 April 2017. On the right, development is now well underway on the site of ...
Andy Furnevel 01/04/2017
The welcome construction activity at the Shrubhill gapsite involves use of the former up platform for purposes for which it was never envisaged! Sadly ...
David Panton 20/02/2017
Grey liveried 67015 running light through the former Leith Walk Station on 12 February having delivered the empty Binliner containers to ...
Bill Roberton 12/02/2015

An EWS class 66 on 'Binliner' duty makes its way slowly along the Powderhall branch on a dull autumn day in 2006. Beyond the various construction ...
John Furnevel 27/10/2006
Scene at Powderhall on a Sunday morning in January 2003, with ongoing clearance and decontamination work in progress on the former industrial ...
John Furnevel 26/01/2003
The disused line heading east from Powderhall. ...
John Yellowlees 15/05/2018
A class 37 stands on the Powderhall branch on a July morning in 2005. The locomotive has recently arrived from Millerhill and is awaiting completion ...
John Furnevel /07/2005

This was a two platform suburban station with a ticket office on the road bridge to the south (Broughton Road) and waiting rooms on each platform. There was no goods yard.
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While the majority of the land released following closure of Powderhall depot is to be used for housing, the original 1893 building, which once ...
Andy Furnevel 22/06/2019
Main entrance to Powderhall depot from Broughton Road, looking north on a bright and sunny 22 June 2019. Demolition work and decontamination of the ...
Andy Furnevel 22/06/2019
Containerised rubbish being loaded at the Powderhall Destructor site in 1989. ...
Bill Roberton //1989
Remnant of the passenger station closed in 1917. ...
John Yellowlees 16/05/2018


Bridge over the Water of Leith near the north end of the former Powderhall station looking south in January 2003. A train of waste containers from the ...
John Furnevel 12/01/2003
Containers of compacted household waste, destined for landfill, forming part of the morning Powderhall - Oxwellmains Binliner service on 18 ...
Bill Roberton 18/06/2008

Point of division between the lines to Granton and Leith North on the deviation avoiding the Scotland Street Tunnel.
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There are plans to convert the disused Powderhall branch to a cycle path (to connect with the rest of the former Granton Harbour line) but for now the ...
David Panton 08/01/2019
Seen from the BLS Lothians & Fife Wanderer on 23 August 1980. Looking over the allotments north of Powderhall with the former NBR North Leith branch ...
Bill Roberton 23/08/1980

Site of the flat crossing of the lines from Granton and North Leith at Bonnington in March 2003. View is southeast towards Powderhall where the line ...
John Furnevel 10/03/2003
Remains of the former flat crossing at Bonnington in May 1985. View looks southwest along the old trackbed towards Warriston Junction and Scotland ...
David Panton /05/1985

This was the western end of a west to east curve, connecting to Bonnington East Junction, which allowed through running from North Leith to Granton.
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Please refer to map [see image 23914] and imagine yourself on the line to the left of 'Flour Mills' (the original Chancelot Mills) looking south. The ...
David Panton 25/11/2009

This junction was to the south of Trinity [2nd] station. The signal box was located on the west side.
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This is the very telegraph pole seen sticking out of the top of the Clayton in Bill Jamieson's photo of 1970 ([see image 28095]) when it had already ...
David Panton 18/01/2019
Hard to believe that this leafy location once had railways left, right and above. For a view looking then other way in 1967, see:
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David Panton 12/07/2018
The site of Trinity Junction looking south on 25 November 2009. The removal of old embankments and bridge remains together with subsequent landscaping ...
David Panton 25/11/2009
A pair of Claytons passing Trinity Junction northbound on 16 March 1970 with a trip working to Granton. Locomotives are thought to be D8616+D8610. ...
Bill Jamieson 16/03/1970




Piershill to Easter Road

This is the junction for the disused line to the Powderhall Destructor. Approach was from the east.
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This was a two platform station on an elevated section of line. The booking office was at street level at the east end on Restalrig Road with covered footways up to the platform above. The westbound platform was approached from Clockmill Road. Waiting room buildings on the platforms North British Railway style.
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Totem from Piershill which closed in 1964 along with others on or near the ECML in Edinburgh. At the time the station opened the name would have meant ...
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J37 0-6-0 64625 passing through Piershill Station with goods vans in 1963. ...
John Robin 31/05/1963
I'm standing in Smokey (sic) Brae on 12 February 2011 with the ECML above me and what is now the Powderhall branch bridging to the north. The branch ...
David Panton 12/02/2011
The former Abbeyhill loop diverged from the ECML just to the left at what is now called Powderhall Branch Junction. The first station was Piershill ...
David Panton 03/06/2009

This was a single platform station built on the westbound line of the Abbeyhill Loop. It served the Commonwealth Games stadium at Meadowbank. ...

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101 317 passes Meadowbank Stadium Halt on the Abbeyhill Loop as a HST approaches. Services diverted for ECML electrification in 1987.
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Bill Roberton //1987
Street sign outside the Commonwealth Games station at Meadowbank in 1986. ...
David Panton //1986
67007 passes the site of Meadowbank Stadium (1986-1988) with the 6B46 Oxwellmains - Powderhall empty 'Binliner' train on 6 September making its way ...
Bill Roberton 06/09/2011
Almost hidden by summer foliage, the platform at Meadowbank, Edinburgh, looking south in 2006. The station was built to serve the adjacent stadium ...
John Furnevel 04/07/2006

This junction opened in 1888 with the curve from London Road Junction. This provided a secondary route from Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction and on to Portobello East Junction, thus quadrupling the route.
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View from a DMU diverted over the Abbeyhill Loop because of ECML electrification work. The train is heading east towards Lochend Junction and this ...
Bill Roberton //1986
The signal box of the onetime Lochend South Junction, later Lochend Junction, would have occupied the centre of this picture, with double tracks in ...
David Panton 20/04/2018
View from Marionville Road in 1986 showing Lochend Junction, with the lifted chord to Leith Central veering right. The formerly rail-served Redpath ...
Bill Roberton //1986
Seen from the BLS Lothians & Fife Wanderer on 23 August 1980. Passing the former Lochend Junction with the trackbed of the chord to Leith Central ...
Bill Roberton 23/08/1980

This was the Edinburgh structural steel manufacturing works of Redpath Brown Ltd.
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Easter Road Junction [see image 17507] was situated right at Easter Road station (closed 1947) at the other end of the curve from Abbeyhill Junction. ...
David Panton 13/11/2010
The Crawford footbridge, where I'm standing, plays a supporting role in the
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David Panton 20/12/2017
The curve between London Road Junction on the Abbeyhill loop and Easter Road Junction (behind me) allowed trains from Waverley to reach Granton ...
David Panton 03/12/2017
The V between the Granton (now Powderhall) branch on the left and former curve to Abbeyhill, just beyond the site of Easter Road Junction, is being ...
David Panton 09/08/2015




Bonnington South to East

Point of division between the lines to Granton and Leith North on the deviation avoiding the Scotland Street Tunnel.
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There are plans to convert the disused Powderhall branch to a cycle path (to connect with the rest of the former Granton Harbour line) but for now the ...
David Panton 08/01/2019
Seen from the BLS Lothians & Fife Wanderer on 23 August 1980. Looking over the allotments north of Powderhall with the former NBR North Leith branch ...
Bill Roberton 23/08/1980

Looking north in 2003 over the remains of the southernmost of the two former railway bridges which spanned the Water of Leith between Powderhall and ...
John Furnevel 10/03/2003
Remains of the bridge carrying the former NB line across the Water of Leith from Bonnington East to Bonnington South Junctions in March 2003 [see ...
John Furnevel 10/03/2003

The second NB crossing of the Water of Leith between Bonnington South and East Junctions in March 2003. Beyond the bridge remains is one of the ...
John Furnevel 10/03/2003

Looking south to the Powderhall refuse incinerator in 1978. In the foreground is the Warriston Jn - Bonnington East Jn trackbed with the former ...
Bill Roberton //1978




Bonnington North to East

This was the western end of a west to east curve, connecting to Bonnington East Junction, which allowed through running from North Leith to Granton.
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Please refer to map [see image 23914] and imagine yourself on the line to the left of 'Flour Mills' (the original Chancelot Mills) looking south. The ...
David Panton 25/11/2009

This large flour mill was located north of the Bonnington North Junction to Bonnington East Junction. When built, the area was largely undeveloped (see NLS link).
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Looking south to the Powderhall refuse incinerator in 1978. In the foreground is the Warriston Jn - Bonnington East Jn trackbed with the former ...
Bill Roberton //1978




Lochend Loop

This was a three way double track junction. No railway remains in use here today.
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The plan seems to be to develop every last square metre of the Lochend Butterfly (https://maps.nls.uk/view/130075185 - it's even got a street named ...
David Panton 28/07/2018
A shot of the curve to Easter Road from a passing DMU in 1986. I don't know if the main line turnout was still connected. I have a shot from a year ...
Bill Roberton //1986
47663 passes the dismantled turnout for Easter Road as it passes London Road Junction in 1987 with a diverted (because of ECML electrification work) ...
Bill Roberton //1987
London Road Junction. With Abbeyhill station behind, the line to Granton (left) and to Lochend Junction (right). Just off to the right the line ...
Ewan Crawford 12/06/1989


This junction opened in 1888 with the curve from London Road Junction. This provided a secondary route from Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction and on to Portobello East Junction, thus quadrupling the route.
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View from a DMU diverted over the Abbeyhill Loop because of ECML electrification work. The train is heading east towards Lochend Junction and this ...
Bill Roberton //1986
The signal box of the onetime Lochend South Junction, later Lochend Junction, would have occupied the centre of this picture, with double tracks in ...
David Panton 20/04/2018
View from Marionville Road in 1986 showing Lochend Junction, with the lifted chord to Leith Central veering right. The formerly rail-served Redpath ...
Bill Roberton //1986
Seen from the BLS Lothians & Fife Wanderer on 23 August 1980. Passing the former Lochend Junction with the trackbed of the chord to Leith Central ...
Bill Roberton 23/08/1980




Leith Walk East Goods

Easter Road station was a two platform station in a very constrained site. To the west of Easter Road, which crossed over the line to the immediate west, was Leith Walk East Goods which was a large goods station with headshunts just west of the road bridge. The goods station was on the south side of the line and sidings for works were on the north side. To the east of the station was [[Easter ...

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The Easter Road - London Road Junction spur in 1987, with evidence of spot sleeper renewal not long before it was lifted.
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Bill Roberton //1987
Looking towards the site of Leith Walk East goods yard (on the left) in 1988 with the old line to Granton awaiting the Powderhall traffic.
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Bill Roberton //1988
67009 passes the overgrown platforms at Easter Road on its return from Powderhall Refuse Depot to Millerhill on 28 October 2014. ...
Bill Roberton 28/10/2014
67025 passes the former Easter Road Junction with the returning Oxwellmains - Powderhall empty 'bins' on 20 January 2015. ...
Bill Roberton 20/01/2015

This large goods yard was to the west of Easter Road station on the lines built in 1868 to replace the Scotland Street Tunnel route. It was a principal goods depot of the North British Railway in Edinburgh. The yard was on the northern part of a triangle of lines. It could be served from the west (via Abbeyhill Junction) or east (via Piershill Junction). Approach to the yard ...

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Seen from the SLS Lothians & Fife Wanderer on 23 August 1980. Looking towards Easter Road with engineers sidings surviving. On the other side of the ...
Bill Roberton 23/08/1980
The site of the goods depot is filling up with housing. There was a very eighties (and very red) Royal Mail depot here in between. The former car park ...
David Panton 17/02/2017
A North British Railway point lever photographed at Leith Walk East in 1975. ...
Bill Roberton //1975
Looking towards Easter Road Junction along the latter-day Granton branch in 1978. On the left are sidings serving the S & T Department, previously an ...
Bill Roberton //1978