Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway

Introduction

A portion of this line remains, in abeyance, at the south end of Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways). The original line was due to terminate in Roslin but the North British Railway requested the company extend to Glencorse (Glencorse Extension (Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway)).






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This location is out of use. The junction was immediately south of Millerhill station (1849). It was the junction between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) of 1847 and the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway of 1874. (The 1831 Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway alignment was off to the west.)
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Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways)
26042 shunts a ECML electrification train at Millerhill Junction in 1990.
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Bill Roberton //1990
37153 propels a wiring train into the ECML electrification yard at Millerhill Junction in 1990.
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Bill Roberton //1990
Looking towards the Down arrivals yard (^Millerhill Yard Carlisle Arrival Sidings^) at Millerhill in the 1980s, with the lifted Waverley Route on the ...
Bill Roberton //1985
View south at Millerhill in March 1987 with the main yard behind the camera. The Bilston Glen branch bears right and the new ECML Electrification ...
Bill Roberton 18/03/1987
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The first station on the Glencorse branch was Gilmerton, about a mile ahead of this spot near, as the sign says, Danderhall. This late-flowering ...
David Panton 24/06/2020
The Glencorse branch walkway doesn^t quite extend all the way to the junction at Millerhill and to be fair that is not much of a loss. The course of ...
David Panton 19/02/2020
I am standing on the former Glencorse branch, a few hundred metres from the junction and looking towards Glencorse. All that is left of the branch is ...
David Panton 27/11/2018
The rather sad rump of the Glencorse (then Bilston Glen) line looking towards the junction a few hundred metres away in November 2018. This was ...
David Panton 27/11/2018
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This was a single platform station about a third of a mile east of Gilmerton. The platform was on the west side of a single track line with a station building and signal box at the south end. A small goods yard with siding and loading bank was on the west side of the line, south of the station, approached from the north. A station cottage was on Gilmerton Station Road to the west, alongside the ...

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The modest single-platform effort at Gilmerton had a suitably unflashy station house which has nonetheless outlived the station by 90 years. A ...
David Panton 19/02/2020
In 1995 the Bilston Glen branch had been out of use for a few years. The track was to remain in place for a while yet, and the trackbed here did not ...
David Panton 05/09/1995
The site of Gilmerton station, seen looking towards Millerhill on 30th December 2019. Zilch remains of the platform, but the station house (where my ...
David Panton 30/12/2019
Cactus Gulch, EH17. A sculpture installation by the path that was once the Loanhead branch. Over the fence is Gilmerton Station Road which until very ...
David Panton 29/01/2020
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The box controlled access to the Pentland and Straiton Oilworks Railway for Straiton Oil Works and Pentland Oil Works. The signal box, ^Straiton^, was on the east side of the line at the junction. It opened in 1877. The branch was accessed from the north.
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Pentland and Straiton Oilworks Railway
The Rosslyn Chapel Way (Loanhead branch to you and me) has just crossed the boundary between Edinburgh and Midlothian here at the point where Straiton ...
David Panton 18/03/2020
The (by then) Bilston Glen Colliery branch survived long-enough to require bridging by the Edinburgh City Bypass. This view looks towards Loanhead and ...
David Panton 18/03/2020
A view of the old Glencorse branch between Loanhead and Gilmerton, looking towards the latter on 18 November 2019. The replaced bridge in the ...
David Panton 18/11/2019
View north over the site of the level crossing linking the mineral line that ran down from Straiton sidings (now a nature reserve) to access Straiton ...
John Furnevel 21/02/2011
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This was a small paraffin works on the east side of Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway at Edgefield east of Straiton. It was served by a siding on the east side of the line, approached from the south. This siding was the Edgefield Siding which also served the Edgefield Candle Works, to the south of the oil works.
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This was a single platform station. It remains an excellent example of a small North British Railway station with platform, station building, station house and goods shed.
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The old goods shed at Loanhead from the south east in July 2002, at which time the shed and the yard in which it stood were being used as a local ...
John Furnevel /07/2002
Long lens view north east from the bridge that once carried Church Street over the railway in Loanhead, Midlothian. Photograph taken in February 2011, ...
John Furnevel 28/02/2011
The former station at Loanhead in 1986.
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Bill Roberton //1986
The route of the former Edinburgh, Loanhead & Roslin Railway passing below the crossroads in Loanhead at the start of the climb south towards Roslin ...
John Furnevel 24/08/2017
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This was the site of a signal box which controlled access to the short branch to the Burghlee Colliery, one of the Loanhead Collieries. Access was from the north with the sidings on the west side of the line. To the immediate south is the Bilston Glen Viaduct. From a small yard by the junction the lines ran west to further sidings at the loading area, south of the colliery.
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End of the line. Burghlee ground frame location in the 1990s after lifting of the Bilston Glen Colliery approaches. This view looking south to the ...
Bill Roberton //1990
^And the winner of this years Turner Prize is...^ The twisted remains of an old points mechanism in the overgrown yard alongside the former ...
John Furnevel 03/10/2007
Burghlee ground frame location in the 1990s after lifting of the Bilston Glen Colliery approaches. This view looking north towards Loanhead.
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Bill Roberton //1990
Looking north over the throat of the exchange yard for Bilston Glen Colliery in 1973. In the foreground is the lifted Glencorse/Roslin branch, which ...
Bill Roberton //1973
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This colliery was south of Loanhead station, just west of Bilston Glen Viaduct.
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Shotts Iron Co


This colliery was developed by the National Coal Board, with the sinking commencing in 1952. It replaced Burghlee Colliery, just to the east.
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37080 waits at the closed Bilston Glen Colliery, as her train is filled with the last of the stockpiled coal, on 28 March 1991.
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Bill Roberton 28/03/1991
Looking north to Bilston Glen Colliery in 1989, the year of closure.
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Bill Roberton //1989
The former stockyard at Bilston Glen colliery. ...
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Scene at Bilston Glen colliery in January 1971 with an unidentified diesel shunter supervising the loading of MGR coal hoppers. The coal would almost ...
John Furnevel 22/01/1971
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This viaduct was built in 1892, engineered by James Bell, to replace a viaduct of 1874. This is a single track viaduct crossing the Bilston Burn with a 331 ft truss girder, approached by spans on either side. The overall length is 444 ft.
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Standing at the north west corner of Bilston Glen Viaduct in October 2007 looking south towards Roslin. For the view from the other end of the viaduct ...
John Furnevel 02/10/2007
Standing below Bilston Glen Viaduct on 14 March 2016 looking north across the deep valley of the Bilston Burn towards Loanhead see image 16772. ...
John Furnevel 14/03/2016
When Bilston Glen Viaduct was restored in the 1990s the four bearings which supported the 1.500 tonne structure were replaced see image 55799. Two ...
John Furnevel 24/08/2017
The impressive viaduct in Bilston Glen. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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This station was in the north of Roslin. It was terminus of the line from 1874 to 1877. It was a single platform station (on the south ie village side of the line). The line was single track with a passing loop by the platform. The station building was joined to a railway cottage (similar to Loanhead).
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Glencorse Extension (Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway)
After leaving Roslin station the EL&R passed below the B7006, which carried the village^s Main Street over the formation. Passenger services on the ...
John Furnevel 14/03/2016
Looking south away from Roslin station. ...
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Looking south west towards the site of Roslin station (now a housing development) along the overgrown EL&RR trackbed on 28 February 2011. The rail ...
John Furnevel 28/02/2011
The overgrown trackbed shortly after leaving Roslin station looking towards Loanhead in February 2011, approximately 45 years after this section of ...
John Furnevel 28/02/2011
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