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
A train for Glasgow via Cumbernauld passes Haymarket West Junction (and Balgreen tramstop) on 13 April 2019. ...
David Panton 13/04/2019
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
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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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Gorgie Cattle Market Branch (North British Railway)
A hoarding at Gorgie - August 2019.
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John Yellowlees 17/08/2019
Looking north to Gorgie Junction in 1975. The cattle market branch and goods yard joined here on the left. ...
Bill Roberton //1975
Looking west along the along the disconnected Gorgie Cattle Market branch in 1975. The track was donated to the Strathspey Railway by the city ...
Bill Roberton //1975
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
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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
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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
Following a fire in a relay room at the Haymarket Junctions in 1995, the 'sub' between there and Craiglockhart Junction was put out of use or months. ...
Bill Roberton //1995
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
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This was a temporary station for the Edinburgh International Exhibition of 1890 for Electrical Engineering, General Inventions and Industries. It was built in the cutting to the east of the exhibition. The site was also served by Exhibition [CR].
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27206 heads north through Slateford on the Edinburgh sub in 1981.
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Peter Todd //1981
A diverted Glasgow - Edinburgh service passes through Slateford on the sub on 16 July 2006. In the background is the bridge that carried the ...
John Furnevel 16/07/2006
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DBC 66014 joins the Edinburgh suburban loop at Craiglockhart Junction with a long and full Grangemouth - Tees intermodal service, having taken the ...
Bill Roberton 27/08/2019
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 diversion takes to the suburban line at Craiglockhart Junction in 1993. ...
Ewan Crawford //1993
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
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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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Sunshine and showers on the sub on an October morning in 2003. A ballast train from Millerhill South Sidings is rounding the curve in the deep cutting ...
John Furnevel 06/10/2003
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
A lonely looking EWS class 66 rounds the curve between Craiglockhart and Morningside on the Edinburgh sub on a cold and frosty morning in December ...
John Furnevel 08/12/2004
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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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The memory lingers on. Only the elderly remember Morningside Road station (and almost none of them used it) but it is still the name of the location. ...
David Panton 26/12/2019
As shown on this screen on a No 11 bus 'Morningside Station' is a well-recognised Edinburgh location long after the station closed and probably will ...
David Panton 19/11/2019
Morningside Road station closed in 1962. The old booking office is To Let in 2019. ...
John Yellowlees 29/07/2019
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
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This was a two platform station to the west of Blackford Avenue.
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Green transport in a leafy suburb; the expected freightliner train in September 2018 turned out to be a double light engine movement to Millerhill. ...
Charlie Niven 21/09/2018
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
Power car 43309 leads the empty set from the 08.30 LNER service from Leeds through the site of Blackford Hill station on 15th September 2019. The ...
Bill Roberton 15/09/2019
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
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Newington Goods was west of Newington, Newington Stone Yard being a little further west. Both were on the north side of the line and served from the west.
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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
Scene on the 'sub' in 1974 as 40160 coasts downhill towards the site of Newington Station with a mixed freight for Millerhill. In the right background ...
Bill Roberton //1974
EE Type 4 No. 270 leans to the curves between Newington and Blackford Hill as it heads west on a coal train from Millerhill Yard in the spring of ...
Bill Jamieson 17/04/1970
An example of a CWR expansion joint (Adjustment Switch). The short pieces of rail (strap rails) hold the special timbers in position whilst the slip ...
Charlie Niven 25/04/2002
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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. The station building on the platform was originally fitted with canopies.
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A poster from the unofficial Newington ScotRail Poster Museum. ...
Ewan Crawford Collection 14/01/2017
GBRf 66738 at Newington with a North Blyth- Fort William light engine move on 30th April 2019. In the background is the site of the passenger ...
Bill Roberton 30/04/2019
66110 passes through the site of Newington Station with Inverness (Georgemas) to Hartlepool South Works pipe empties on 26th September 2019.
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Bill Roberton 26/09/2019
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
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This signal box was east of Newington [NBR] station at Cameron Toll where the line runs raised on an embankment. It was relatively short lived, lasting from 1900 to 1925. The line remains open.
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No let up in the rain on the morning of 27 December 2019 as another re-routed long distance service takes the bridge over Cameron Toll on its ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2019
Torrential rain, driven by a westerly wind, lashes the south side of Edinburgh during a grey and miserable morning on 27 December 2019. Seen here ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2019
A diverted Voyager crossing the A7 at Cameron Toll during a circuit of the Edinburgh sub on 28 December 2019. The diversion was the result of a three ...
John Furnevel 28/12/2019
One of several long distance train services diverted around the Edinburgh Sub on 27 December 2019 due to engineering works on the main line at ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2019
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The surviving entrance gates of the T Y Paterson Duddingston Brewery on Duddingston Road West, one of the seven rail served breweries operating in the ...
John Furnevel 06/08/2017
By 1930, thanks to an abundance of good quality local spring water (and the railway) Duddingston played host to the seven breweries of Messrs Deuchar, ...
John Furnevel 28/03/2007
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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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The 0708 Leeds - Aberdeen passing through Duddingston on 28 December 2019 having been diverted via the Edinburgh south suburban line due to ...
John Furnevel 28/12/2019
The diverted 0708 Leeds - Aberdeen heads west along the Edinburgh South Suburban route through Duddingston on 28 December 2019, avoiding the ...
John Furnevel 28/12/2019
Caledonian Sleeper 73970 passes Peffermill playing fields running light from Polmadie to Craigentinny on 30th April 2019. On the skyline is the Royal ...
Bill Roberton 30/04/2019
A diverted CrossCountry Voyager on the Edinburgh sub on 28 December 2019 approaching Duddingston from the south west on its way to Waverley. The 0812 ...
John Furnevel 28/12/2019
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This junction was directly east of Duddingston station. It was formed in 1884 between the 1831 Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway and the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway.
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Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
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
Duddingston Junction signal box, photographed shortly after closure in June 1969.
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Bill Jamieson //1969
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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 junction is west of Haymarket station and Haymarket East Junction. The junction opened with the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway junction in 1884.
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Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
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
60009 Union of South Africa passing Haymarket coal yard on 1 September 1979 with a railtour heading for Aberdeen. ...
John Furnevel 01/09/1979
Preserved A4 Pacific 60009 Union of South Africa with a railtour westbound between Haymarket station and Haymarket MPD. The train is about to ...
John Furnevel 01/09/1979
'Welcome to Marlboro Country...' Preserved A4 Pacific 60009 Union of South Africa with a special heading for Aberdeen in September ...
John Furnevel 01/09/1979
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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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Gorgie Cattle Market Branch (North British Railway)
A hoarding at Gorgie - August 2019.
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John Yellowlees 17/08/2019
Looking north to Gorgie Junction in 1975. The cattle market branch and goods yard joined here on the left. ...
Bill Roberton //1975
Looking west along the along the disconnected Gorgie Cattle Market branch in 1975. The track was donated to the Strathspey Railway by the city ...
Bill Roberton //1975
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
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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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Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
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
DB red 66185 takes the Millerhill line at Niddrie West Junction, with a Carlisle New Yard to Millerhill ballast, on 27th August 2019.
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Bill Roberton 27/08/2019
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
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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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Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
ScotRail 380006 about to pass between the remains of the Lothian Lines bridge abutments at Niddrie North Junction on 8 July 2018. The train is an ...
John Furnevel 08/07/2018
A diverted empty stock movement from Craigentinny Depot to Waverley running past the site of Niddrie North Junction on 15 September 2019. The HST is ...
John Furnevel 15/09/2019
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
Weak December sunshine illuminates the 0752 Aberdeen - Kings Cross as it comes off the curve from Niddrie West and approaches Brunstane on its way to ...
John Furnevel 28/12/2019
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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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Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
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
DB red 66185 takes the Millerhill line at Niddrie West Junction, with a Carlisle New Yard to Millerhill ballast, on 27th August 2019.
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Bill Roberton 27/08/2019
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
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This junction opened in 1884. Also known as Newhailes East Junction. 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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North British Railway