Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway

Introduction

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






Dates

13/08/1836Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Act receives Royal assent for a line from Canal Street [Edinburgh] to Trinity [1st].
  /10/1837Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch, begins work on Granton Harbour.
28/05/1838Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Victoria Jetty, Granton opened for traffic to Burntisland.
01/07/1839Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Planned route deviated further east.
31/08/1842Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Scotland Street to Trinity [1st] opened.
  /  /1844Edinburgh, 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 [1st] to Granton and from Warriston Junction to [North] Leith.
  /  /1846Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Scotland Street Tunnel completed.
19/02/1846Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Trinity [2nd] and the line to Granton opened, Trinity [1st] turned into a goods station.
10/05/1846Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
[North] Leith branch opened.
17/05/1847Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Scotland Street to Canal Street [Edinburgh] opened (Canal Street [Edinburgh] called Princes Street [1st] briefly).
27/07/1847Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven RailwayEdinburgh and Northern Railway
Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway absorbed by Edinburgh and Northern Railway.
  /  /1850Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
World^s first train ferry, designed by Thomas Bouch, operates from Granton Pier (by Granton station) to Burntisland Pier [1st] (near Burntisland [1st]).
02/03/1868Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
A new diversion opened to goods (Abbeyhill and Piershill to Trinity Junction with a spur onto the [North] Leith branch at Bonnington East Junction). This by-passed the cable operated incline between Canal Street [Edinburgh] and Scotland Street.
22/03/1868Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Passenger trains diverted from the Canal Street [Edinburgh] route to via Abbeyhill. A passenger station is opened at Leith Walk.
22/03/1868Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Scotland Street to Canal Street [Edinburgh] closed to passengers. Canal Street [Edinburgh] closed. The tunnel between Canal Street [Edinburgh] and Scotland Street is used to store wagons until 1887.
01/05/1869Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Abbeyhill opened on the diversion.
01/05/1869Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Junction Road station opened on the [North] Leith branch.
  /  /1876Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Burntisland [1st] to Granton train ferry withdrawn.
22/07/1885Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
An act for a line between London Road Junction [Edinburgh] (by Abbeyhill) and Lochend South Junction (then called Lochend Junction) is passed.
01/10/1886Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Abbeyhill to Lochend Junction opened to passengers and freight. This line effectively quadrupled the main line of the North British Railway from Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction and provided a useful diversionary route.
  /  /1887Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
In the Scotland Street Tunnel the down track was removed and the trackbed planted with mushrooms, and the up truck used for manure wagons.
  /  /1890Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
During Edinburgh Waverley station expansion the tunnel mouth and station at Canal Street are demolished.
01/05/1891Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Piershill passenger station opened.
03/07/1891Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
The Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway) are given an Act which allows a link from the Leith New Lines to Easter Road on the North British Railway. This connection was not built.
01/12/1891Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Easter Road passenger station opened.
22/04/1895Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Powderhall passenger station opened.
01/07/1903Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Central Branch (North British Railway) to London Road Junction [Edinburgh] and Lochend South Junction opened.
01/01/1917Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Powderhall, Leith Walk closed (Wartime measures).
01/02/1919Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Walk station re-opened.
  /  /1920Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Edinburgh tramways are electrified. A number of routes run between Edinburgh, Leith and Granton.
02/11/1925Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Granton to Powderhall (Bonnington South Junction) closed to passengers on withdrawal of Granton to Edinburgh Waverley service.
  /  /1929Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Scotland Street Tunnel; mushroom growing ceases.
31/03/1930Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Walk closed to passengers.
  /03/1940Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Ferry service from Granton Pier suspended.
16/06/1947Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Passenger services to North Leith withdrawn. Easter Road, Bonnington, Junction Road and North Leith stations closed on withdrawal of Leith to Edinburgh via Abbeyhill service.
  /  /1951Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Vehicle ferry service from Granton started.
  /  /1952Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
North Leith Goods renamed Leith Citadel.
  /04/1952Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Walk Goods renamed Leith Walk East Goods.
01/06/1960Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
The goods yard at Granton is closed.
01/08/1961Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Junction Bridge goods depot (by Bonnington) is closed.
07/09/1964Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Edinburgh; Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction loop closed to regular passenger trains. Piershill and Abbeyhill stations closed.
06/11/1967Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Scotland Street goods depot is closed.
05/02/1968Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton High Goods closed. (Latterly accessed via the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway).
05/02/1968Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Citadel to Junction Mills Siding closed to freight. The daily North Leith fish train is withdrawn.
28/02/1968Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Junction Mills Siding to Bonnington Goods Junction closed to freight.
22/07/1968Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Bonnington Goods depot is closed. Line to Bonnington South Junction falls out of use.
05/08/1968Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Leith High Depot to Leith North Goods (excluded) closed. (Latterly accessed via the Leith Harbour and Dock Commissioners Railway dock lines from the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway).
02/12/1968Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Bonnington Goods Junction to Bonnington South Junction closed to freight.
29/04/1972Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Central Branch (North British Railway) to London Road Junction [Edinburgh] and Lochend South Junction is closed.
  /  /1980Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Bitumen Works Siding closed. (Latterly accessed via the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway which is cut back to Powderhall).
  /  /1980Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Very little traffic to Granton from this date. The remaining traffic was Naphtha.
  /  /1983Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
The south end of the tunnel at Canal Street station is found and then destroyed during building of the Waverley Centre to the north of Edinburgh Waverley.
20/01/1986Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
The Granton Gasworks branch closes to freight. The line from Granton to London Road Junction [Edinburgh] and Lochend South Junction becomes disused but remains in place for a while.
  /07/1986Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Meadowbank Stadium station opened on the westbound track of the Abbeyhill to Piershill loop (for the Commonwealth games).
  /  /1987Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Line lifted from Powderhall to Granton Harbour.
  /  /1989Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Loop from Abbeyhill Junction to Lochend South Junction falls into disuse after the remodelling of Abbeyhill Junction in connection with the electrification of the East Coast Main Line.
  /  /1989Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Track singled from Piershill Junction to Powderhall, and the Abbeyhill route is disconnected at Lochend South Junction.
  /  /1990Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Powderhall to Piershill Junction re-opened to freight for refuse trains traffic.
  /  /1994Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Abbeyhill loop retained by British Railways on transfer of operational infrastructure to Railtrack.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

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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Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
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
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This is a disused former double track single bore tunnel between the former Scotland Street station (south) and Heriothill Goods (north). Also known as the Heriothill Tunnel.
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This photo shows a (unfortunately disfigured) plaque at the north portal of the tunnel that once carried the Scotland Street branch in north Edinburgh ...
John Yellowlees 14/11/2019
Maintenance work at Rodney Street Tunnel, Heriothill, closed the tunnel in November 2019. The tunnel famously has an elliptical profile. ...
John Yellowlees 14/11/2019
View through Rodney Street Tunnel on 8 January 2013. Looking north from Scotland Street towards Broughton Road. ...
John Furnevel 08/01/2013
Entrance to Rodney Street Tunnel from the north in January 2013. At the far end is the site of Scotland Street station, followed by the longer tunnel ...
John Furnevel 08/01/2013
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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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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
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This is a disused substantial three arch double track viaduct crossing the Water of Leith and Warriston Road. The arches are skewed, each is 34 ft long.
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Looking north across Warriston Viaduct along the route of the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway where it crossed the Water of Leith. Up ahead is ...
Andy Furnevel 01/12/2016
The original EL&N viaduct over the Water of Leith at Warriston, looking west along Warriston Road on 6 December 2016. The photograph shows a small ...
Andy Furnevel 06/12/2016
Looking north across the bridge carrying the former Granton branch across the Water of Leith on the approach to Warriston Junction in March 2003. ...
John Furnevel /03/2003
Viaduct on the original Canal Street - Granton Harbour line crossing the Water of Leith. View west along Warriston Road in 2010, with Warriston ...
John Furnevel 10/03/2003
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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
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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. See ...
Bill Jamieson 16/03/1970
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This is a disused double track 390 ft long tunnel, also known as East Trinity Road Tunnel under which it passes in addition to several houses and their gardens. It is just north of Trinity Junction and south of the site of Trinity [2nd].
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The southern portal of Trinity Tunnel on the former branch to Granton Harbour on Edinburgh^s north side, closed to passengers in November 1925 and ...
David Bosher 25/02/2018
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Trinity was temporarily the terminus of the line between 1842 and 1846. With the commencement of the Granton Harbour Company^s Granton Pier to Burntisland Pier steamer service coaches began between the temporary terminus and Granton Pier (see entry for ferry details).
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Looking south from Trinity Station through Lennox Row bridge, Trinity Tunnel and in the far distance the former Caledonian Leith North branch, in ...
Bill Roberton //1978
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