Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway

Introduction

This line is open to freight. It provided a circular route for passenger trains serving the south of Edinburgh and an Edinburgh bypass for trains from the east to west.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Haymarket to Duddingston

This runs east from Haymarket West Junction to Duddingston Junction through the south side of Edinburgh. This allowed goods and mineral trains to bypass Edinburgh Waverley and allowed an approach to South Leith from the west. It also carried a circular passenger service based on Edinburgh Waverley and often terminating at Leith Central. Duddingston Junction to Niddrie West Junction was doubled.

Balgreen tram stop occupies the exact location of Balgreen Halt, hard by the main line near Haymarket West Junction. The morning LNER Aberdeen to ...
David Panton 16/07/2018
First class decadence - all before 10am on a Sunday! 'The Cathedrals Express' passes Haymarket West Junction on a trip from Edinburgh to Fife.
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Martin MacGuire 20/05/2018
Grab shot of a Fife Circle loco-hauled stock on the Sub at Gorgie. The train is standing at a signal awaiting access to the main line at Haymarket ...
John Yellowlees 05/10/2016
A new public housing development near the junction has this facsimile of an old OS map on each building. Note the engine shed (Haymarket). Murrayfield ...
David Panton 11/11/2015

This is the southern junction of a triangular junction formed by Haymarket West Junction (west), Haymarket Central Junction (east) and Gorgie Junction (south).
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After taking a freight through Gorgie Junction on the Edinburgh sub, 25026 turns towards Haymarket West Junction where it will join the E&G main line. ...
John Furnevel 14/04/1981
37147 brings a returning Aberdeen - Oxwellmains cement train off the E&G and onto the Edinburgh sub on 14 April 1981. The train is crossing Wheatfield ...
John Furnevel 14/04/1981
The signal box at Gorgie Junction seen from the south in the late spring of 1971, with the line to Haymarket West Junction curving away to the left ...
Bill Jamieson //1971
A class 37 approaching Gorgie Junction from the west with a cement train in April 1981. ...
John Furnevel 14/04/1981


The site of Gorgie East Goods station is occupied by interesting-looking housing, seen in January 2019. The signal for Gorgie Junction marks the ...
David Panton 13/01/2019


This was a two platform station. Nothing remains of the station.
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For many years all that there has been to see of this former Suburban Circle station is the remnants of this path from the inner platform to Slateford ...
David Panton 12/11/2018
With the Bernard Brewery as a backcloth, N15 0-6-2T no 69150 shunts a wooden 'BD' container at Gorgie East yard in 1961. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1961
J88 0-6-0ST no 68335 takes a break from shunting Gorgie East yard in 1961. In the right background wooden containers can be seen standing alongside ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1961
Ex-GNSR 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander takes water at Gorgie East on 16 October 1965 during a stop with a Branch Line Society Railtour. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 16/10/1965


Train 662A, the Sunday 0800 Mossend - Millerhill, runs through Craiglockhart Junction on 27 August 2017 behind Freightliner 66528. Photographed ...
John Furnevel 27/08/2017
A Virgin Voyager off the WCML via Carstairs joins the Edinburgh 'sub' at Craiglockhart Junction on Sunday 2 April 2006, having left its normal route ...
John Furnevel 02/04/2006
26014 and 26010 emerge from the tunnel below the Union Canal at Craiglockhart Junction with a trainload of pipes in 1982. The train is turning west ...
Bill Roberton //1982
20223 and 20222 climb towards Craiglockhart Junction on the Edinburgh 'sub' with a southbound MGR coal train in 1982. ...
Bill Roberton //1982

This was a two platform station in a deep cutting to the south of Colinton Road and the Union Canal. There were waiting rooms at platform level. The station had no goods yard.
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An EWS class 66 with a coal train on the sub in October 2003. The train is climbing past the remains of Craiglockhart station having just emerged from ...
John Furnevel 06/10/2003
A coal train between Morningside and Craiglockhart in 2002. ...
John Furnevel 23/02/2002
Leaves off the line-going the extra mile. This is the site of Craiglockhart Station on the South Sub on 28th October 2018. NR staff using a ...
Charlie Niven 28/10/2018
A Class 37 propels a Black 5-hauled charter to Tweedbank up the bank at Craiglockhart on the Sub on 9th October 2016. ...
David Spaven 09/10/2016

This was a two platform station. It is fairly intact despite closure in 1962. The eastbound platform and street level ticket office both remain intact. A lattice footbridge still crosses the west end of the former station.
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A bridge over the south sub in Morningside actually on Braid Avenue. This bridge name preserved for about a hundred years the name of a farm which ...
Charlie Niven 14/10/2018
GBRf 66737 passes the closed Morningside Road station with alumina from North Blyth to Fort William. The former booking office survives in commercial ...
Bill Roberton 03/07/2018
Former Morningside Road station entrance, Edinburgh South Suburban Line, closed 1962, now a newsagents, on 22nd February 2018. ...
David Bosher 22/02/2018
Morningside Road station closed in 1962. In 2018 it is offered 'To Let' by Network Rail and it has to be said is in better condition than the Ayr ...
John Yellowlees 29/10/2018

This was a two platform station to the west of Blackford Avenue.
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Looking east about 300 yards from the access point on Cluny Avenue with the Jordan Burn just over the fence on the left and hat looks like a CWR ...
Charlie Niven 25/04/2002
EWS 66148 runs light engine through the site of Blackford Hill station on the Edinburgh sub in April 2002. The station had closed to passengers in ...
John Furnevel 12/04/2002
DBS 67018 Keith Heller seen passing Bridge 12 Egypt on the South Sub with an SRPS charter from Linlithgow to York on 3rd November 2018. ...
Charlie Niven 03/11/2018
View to the east (Up) from 2m 1550y showing OB 14 Blackford Avenue with the access point just out of view on the right. The Down line is still jointed ...
Charlie Niven 25/04/2002



This was an island platform station. The island was accessed by steps down from Mayfield Gardens/Craigmillar Park at the east end and by a footbridge and path on the north side of the line which ran to Mayfield Road to the west.
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A poster from the unofficial Newington ScotRail Poster Museum. ...
Ewan Crawford Collection 14/01/2017
View from a diverted Birmingham train travelling around the Sub. The then recently-built houses have taken the place of sidngs. A CWR expansion joint ...
Charlie Niven /07/1989
66155 on the rear of a ballast train rounding the sub at Newington on 28 August 2017 heading towards Morningside. ...
John Furnevel 27/08/2017
This set of posters at Newington on the Edinburgh South Suburban are at least ten years old but Scotrail show no inclination to remove/update them. ...
Ewan Crawford Collection 14/01/2017



This was a two platform station on a curve. It was immediately to the west of Duddingston Junction. The main station building was on the eastbound platform with a smaller on the westbound. A goods yard was to the north, served from the old Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway line, rather than the new Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway on which the station was located.
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GBRF 66733 passes the closed Duddingston & Craigmillar Station with the North Blyth to Fort William Alcan train on 5 January 2016. ...
Bill Roberton 05/01/2016
The surviving rail entrance gates of the T Y Paterson brewery on Duddingston Road West, one of the seven breweries operating in the area in the 1930s. ...
John Furnevel 06/08/2017
158701 passes the closed Duddingston and Craigmillar Station with a presumed empty stock working to Haymarket Depot (didn't show up onrealtimetrains ...
Bill Roberton 05/01/2016
Virgin Thunderbird no 57312 'The Hood' westbound on the Edinburgh 'sub' on a dull morning in March 2007. The locomotive is about to ...
John Furnevel 28/03/2007

Class 47 no 1606 westbound on the 'Sub' between Niddrie West and Duddingston Junctions with an unidentified train of oil tanks on 4 February 1970.
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Bill Jamieson 04/02/1970
Class 47 no 1737 on the 09.55 Bathgate - Kings Norton heading west along the Sub near Duddingston Junction on 4 February 1970.
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Bill Jamieson 04/02/1970
St Margarets V3 2-6-2T no 67668 at Duddingston Junction on 25 August 1962. The locomotive had brought the Stephenson Locomotive Society (Scottish ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 25/08/1962
J35 0-6-0 no 64510 at Duddingston Junction on 25 August 1962. The locomotive took charge of the SLS Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railtour for the ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 25/08/1962




Haymarket Curve

This curve runs from Haymarket Central Junction to Gorgie Junction. This allowed a circular passenger service based on Edinburgh Waverley and often terminating at Leith Central.

This is a view of the recently wired-up Haymarket Central Junction from a passing train. Part of the EGIP project it will allow the new electric ...
Charlie Niven 20/06/2016
Looking north across the E&G towards Haymarket shed in 1972, photographed from the abandoned embankment that carried the Caledonian line between Dalry ...
Bill Jamieson //1972
A sparkling BRCW 1250 hp Type 2 No. 5404 passes Haymarket Central Junction in June 1971 with a Sunday push-pull service to Glasgow Queen Street. ...
Bill Jamieson 07/06/1971
View west at Haymarket Central Junction in the spring of 1971, as seen from the bridge carrying the closed CR Granton branch over the NB main line. ...
Bill Jamieson //1971

This is the southern junction of a triangular junction formed by Haymarket West Junction (west), Haymarket Central Junction (east) and Gorgie Junction (south).
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After taking a freight through Gorgie Junction on the Edinburgh sub, 25026 turns towards Haymarket West Junction where it will join the E&G main line. ...
John Furnevel 14/04/1981
37147 brings a returning Aberdeen - Oxwellmains cement train off the E&G and onto the Edinburgh sub on 14 April 1981. The train is crossing Wheatfield ...
John Furnevel 14/04/1981
The signal box at Gorgie Junction seen from the south in the late spring of 1971, with the line to Haymarket West Junction curving away to the left ...
Bill Jamieson //1971
A class 37 approaching Gorgie Junction from the west with a cement train in April 1981. ...
John Furnevel 14/04/1981




Niddrie Curve

This curve runs from Niddrie West Junction to Niddrie North Junction. This allowed a circular passenger service based on Edinburgh Waverley and often terminating at Leith Central.

This junction is between the single track line from Portobello East Junction and the double track from Niddrie South Junction. The line runs west to Craiglockhart Junction round the Edinburgh Suburban line (the former Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway).
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The 1031 Millerhill SS - Keith Loop, photographed running between Niddrie South and Niddrie West Junctions on 8 October 2017. Freightliner 66597 is at ...
John Furnevel 08/10/2017
47854 brings the empty stock of the Railway Touring Company's 'Edinburgh Christmas Market' special from York round the Niddrie North/West chord (part ...
Bill Roberton 08/12/2018
New sign recently attached to the footbridge at Niddrie West Junction, photographed on 27 September 2018. Interesting choice of Wanton Walls Junction ...
John Furnevel 27/09/2018
Survivor... standing alongside the footbridge at Niddrie West Junction - September 2017. ...
John Furnevel 03/09/2017

This was the junction between the North British Railway's line from Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction and an isolated curve of the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway from Niddrie West Junction which enabled trains from the southside line to approach Edinburgh Waverley from the east, thus completing a circle line and provide a route for goods ...

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A Tweedbank to Edinburgh service approaches its penultimate stop of Brunstane on 13 July. The pier it is passing is acting as a monument to the ...
David Panton 13/07/2018
A morning service from Tweedbank approaches its penultimate stop,
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David Panton 30/10/2017
ScotRail 380006 passing the site of Niddrie North Junction on the morning of 8 July 2018 with an empty stock movement from Millerhill Depot to ...
John Furnevel 08/07/2018
South of Brunstane heading for Newcraighall in October 2002 passing the site of Niddrie North Junction. ...
John Furnevel 15/10/2002




Niddrie West to East

This double track line ran from Niddrie West Junction to meet the original Fisherrow branch east of the Niddrie where it then used the trackbed for a short distance before diverting south to the North British Railway main line at Niddrie East Junction. This completed a triangular junction with the main line at the east end of the line.

This junction is between the single track line from Portobello East Junction and the double track from Niddrie South Junction. The line runs west to Craiglockhart Junction round the Edinburgh Suburban line (the former Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway).
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The 1031 Millerhill SS - Keith Loop, photographed running between Niddrie South and Niddrie West Junctions on 8 October 2017. Freightliner 66597 is at ...
John Furnevel 08/10/2017
47854 brings the empty stock of the Railway Touring Company's 'Edinburgh Christmas Market' special from York round the Niddrie North/West chord (part ...
Bill Roberton 08/12/2018
New sign recently attached to the footbridge at Niddrie West Junction, photographed on 27 September 2018. Interesting choice of Wanton Walls Junction ...
John Furnevel 27/09/2018
Survivor... standing alongside the footbridge at Niddrie West Junction - September 2017. ...
John Furnevel 03/09/2017

This junction opened in 1884. It was the southern end of a Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway curve connecting north west to the Fisherrow branch of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.
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