Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway

Introduction

This original route of this line is closed. The line renamed the Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway upon its extension to Granton and North Leith (it was opened as the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway). A connecting line was later built from the Granton and Leith branches to Abbeyhill and Piershill (Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)).






Dates

  /  /1844[Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway]
An Act is passed renaming the company the Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway and giving assent to building branches from Trinity to Granton and from Warriston to Leith.
27/07/1847[Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway]
[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway absorbed by Edinburgh and Northern Railway.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Edinburgh Extension

This was the terminus of the line from Granton and North Leith. It was at the south end of the Scotland Street Tunnel. The station was immediately north of Edinburgh Waverley with terminal platforms and, just to the west, a connecting curve allowed trains from the tunnel to run west towards Haymarket.
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This is a disused railway tunnel running opened between Scotland Street (to the north) and Edinburgh Canal Street (to the south).
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This station was the Edinburgh terminus of the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway until its extension south to Edinburgh Canal Street in 1847. The station was built in an extremely cramped site. It was on the northern edge of the New Town and extending the line on south through the Scotland Street Tunnel took it to mid way between the New Town and the Old Town at Edinburgh [[Canal ...

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A December 2018 view of what would be my local station if it hadn't closed a mere 150 years previously. It stayed in use as a goods yard for a further ...
David Panton 12/12/2018
Scotland Street Tunnel and its distinctive backcloth seen on 23rd September 2012 - an interesting contrast with the photographer's shot from Spring ...
David Spaven 23/09/2012
View north from the site of Scotland street station on 14 April 2009 through the newly reopened Rodney Street tunnel. ...
Andy Furnevel 14/04/2009
The western entrance to the former Scotland Street station and goods yard (now a childrens play area) seen on 25 April 2007, with the south portal of ...
John Furnevel 25/04/2007




Granton Branch

This was a two platform station with the main station building on the southbound (Edinburgh bound) platform, now a house.
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Trinity station, seen in July 2018, is still looking good 90 or so years after closure. The 'authentic' white woodwork though has only recently been ...
David Panton 12/07/2018
The former station at Trinity, on the northern edge of Edinburgh. Closed to passengers in 1925 and since converted to a private residence. Seen here ...
John Furnevel 22/04/2002
The closed Trinity station viewed from the west. ...
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View north west towards Trinity station on a dismal day in January 1970. ...
Bill Jamieson /01/1970

This was a temporary signal box between Granton and Trinity [2nd], in operation in late 1898. Boswell Road is to the south of Lower Granton Road.
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This was the terminus of the line from Edinburgh Canal Street after its extension from Trinity [1st]. It was located on the middle pier at Granton Harbour. From this pier operated, after 1850, the world's first train ferry (for the ferry services see Granton Pier).
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Although all traces of Granton Harbour station are long gone some track remains here on the middle pier. The station platform was where the roadway ...
David Panton 31/10/2017
Some remaining track on the middle pier of Granton Harbour, seen on 31st
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David Panton 31/10/2017
Granton harbour from Above. ...
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Looking east along former course of line towards Trinity. ...
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This pier opened in 1838, the 28th of June which was the coronation of Queen Victoria (see Queen's Bridge). It was fully opened in 1844 by which time it was 1700 ft long with berths for 10 steamers.
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Leith Branch

This junction was between the lines from Edinburgh Canal Street to Granton and to North Leith. It was to the immediate north of the Warriston Viaduct.
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The site of Warriston Junction, where the Leith line left the Edinburgh, Leith and Granton 'main' line to Granton (ahead) at the end of Warriston ...
David Panton 12/12/2018
Looking north east along the curving course of the NBR line from Warriston Junction to North Leith on 15th January 2019. The ornate stonework is part ...
Bill Roberton 15/01/2019
Leith North's original connection with Waverley (or Canal Street) was via the line through Scotland Street tunnel. The 'main' line continued to ...
David Panton //2010
The site of Warriston Junction on a very wet 25 November, looking south [see image 23914]. Ahead is Scotland Street goods, and, originally, Canal ...
David Panton 25/11/2009

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

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

This was a two platform station in a deep cutting. The road level building still stands, looked won on by the surrounding tenements built after the station.
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The trackbed through the former Bonnington station, now a walkway/cycle path, seen here on a March morning in 2009. The view is east towards North ...
John Furnevel 15/03/2009
Now forming part of the Water of Leith walkway, the photograph shows the 1846 station at Bonnington on the North Leith branch in March 2009. The ...
John Furnevel 15/03/2009
The former station at Bonnington, looking west, in April 2002. ...
John Furnevel 20/04/2002
View west along the platforms at Bonnington on 15 March 2009, with the two storey station building on the left providing access from Bonnington Road ...
John Furnevel 15/03/2009


This unusual station had a single platform on a double track line. The platform was west of Great Junction Street on the south side of the line with the Water of Leith directly to the south. At the west end (and south side of the line) was Junction Road Bridge signal box where a line ran south to Junction Mills, approach being from the east.
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Only a few hundred yards separated Junction Bridge station from North Leith terminus and most of it was in tunnel. The eastern end of the platforms ...
David Panton 15/02/2015
The site of Junction Bridge station (closed to passengers in 1947) looking west towards Bonnington in February 2015. On 7 April 1941 a German bomb ...
David Panton 13/02/2015
View north east from the site of Junction Bridge station on the North Leith branch on 31 October 2009. Beyond the bridge carrying Great Junction ...
David Panton 31/10/2009
The entrance to Junction Bridge station, opened by the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway in 1846 (closed 1947), is now occupied by the metal ...
John Furnevel 15/03/2009

This was the Leith passenger terminus for trains from Edinburgh Canal Street until 1868 when these were re-routed to the new more easily graded route via Leith Walk to reach Edinburgh Waverley.
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Leith Citadel was the alternative name for this terminus, and Citadel Youth Club occupies the building today. The frontage on Commercial Street ...
David Panton 12/07/2018
One of the NB's 3 termini in Leith this one on Commercial Street closed in 1947. A writer of 1884 regarded this is a shabby building though it may ...
David Panton 08/02/2015
Just yards from the end of the platform at North Leith (or Leith Citadel) terminus the line went into a short tunnel. Short though the tunnel was ...
David Panton 04/11/2017
Saturday 29 August 1964 was the day of the SLS/BLS J36 Railtour. The special, which was hauled throughout by 65234, visited selected branch lines in ...
K A Gray 29/08/1964

Goods station located immediately west of North Leith passenger station and line to the docks. Added after line opening around the time of the opening of the Caledonian Railway's branch to Leith North.
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Bonnington Goods Branch


This level crossing was protected by Bowling Green Street Signal Box. The box was located on the east side of the Bonnington Goods branch between the goods yard and Bonnington Goods Junction, just north of the Water of Leith Viaduct and West Bowling Green Street.
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This was the goods yard at the end of the branch from Bonnington Goods Junction, just east of Bonnington station. The goods yard was on the south bank of the Water of Leith and served a considerable number of small works.
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Looking across Anderson Place, Bonnington to a closed bonded warehouse since converted to flats, with a spur from Bonnington Goods Yard running across ...
Bill Roberton //1987
Looking north along the path of the goods spur which left the North Leith branch east of Bonnington Station to cross West Bowling Green Street, where ...
John Furnevel 28/04/2004
The goods line which left the NBR North Leith branch just to the east of Bonnington station was many branched, but it crossed the Water of Leith only ...
David Panton 13/11/2010
Bridge remains on the south side of the Water of Leith at Bonnington in April 1964. The bridge once carried the goods link that left the North Leith ...
John Furnevel 28/04/2004




Heriothill Goods

This junction was between the lines from Edinburgh Canal Street to Granton and to North Leith. It was to the immediate north of the Warriston Viaduct.
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The site of Warriston Junction, where the Leith line left the Edinburgh, Leith and Granton 'main' line to Granton (ahead) at the end of Warriston ...
David Panton 12/12/2018
Looking north east along the curving course of the NBR line from Warriston Junction to North Leith on 15th January 2019. The ornate stonework is part ...
Bill Roberton 15/01/2019
Leith North's original connection with Waverley (or Canal Street) was via the line through Scotland Street tunnel. The 'main' line continued to ...
David Panton //2010
The site of Warriston Junction on a very wet 25 November, looking south [see image 23914]. Ahead is Scotland Street goods, and, originally, Canal ...
David Panton 25/11/2009

Part of the former workshops of the Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway at Logie Green Road, Edinburgh, in 1977. The site is now occupied by a Tesco ...
Bill Roberton //1977

This goods yard was between Warriston Viaduct and Warriston Junction, to the north, and Rodney Street Tunnel, to the south. The yard was on the west side of the line and approached from the north. Across the railway from the yard was the Logie Green Works. Heriothill House was just to the south.
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