Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)


This line provided a connection between the Caledonian Railway and the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway in Edinburgh. The line is also known as the Duff Street connection or Duff Street spur.

It was built by the Caledonian Railway in 1859. The intention was to allow their trains to run into Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley. Access was not allowed and the line became a long expensive siding to the Caledonian Distillery, also served by the North British Railway but with a track arrangement to not allow through running.

Fortunately with the opening of the Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) in 1861 most of the line came into regular use.

A connection was finally made in 1964 by British Railways, allowing Edinburgh Princes Street to close.


  /  /1847Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Slateford to Haymarket (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) Act passed.
  /  /1853Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Slateford to a bay platform by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway's Haymarket station opened. Trains could run from the bay to Carstairs or Falkirk.
07/09/1964Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Duff street connection opened (Duff Street Junction, at Haymarket on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway opened). This connection allowed Edinburgh Princes Street to be closed.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Slateford to Haymarket

This was a double track junction east of Slateford station (and the present Slateford Junction). It was the connection between the 1848 Caledonian Railway and the abortive Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway) of 1859 which was intended to allow the Caledonian access to Haymarket to Edinburgh Waverley.

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Heading southwest from Haymarket towards Carstairs on 6 June 2008 is the 1152 First TransPennine service to Manchester Airport. The train is running ...
John Furnevel 06/06/2008

This was the junction between the 1861 Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) and the Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway) line built in 1847 from Slateford Junction [1st] on the Caledonian Railway to just shy of an aborted junction at Haymarket on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.

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Freshly painted in fine Caledonian blue, this bridge carries the Carstairs line over Murieston Crescent, Edinburgh, south west of Haymarket station. ...
David Panton 07/02/2015

Duff Street Spur

This junction is directly west of Haymarket station. It opened in 1964, finally completing the line from Slateford Junction [1st] laid down in 1859. The connection was known as the Duff Street Spur. This joined together the former Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and the Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway).

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170472, on a Glasgow Queen Street to Edinbrgh Waverley service, clatters over the points at Haymarket East and into the station. Photographed from ...
David Panton 07/08/2017
One driving and one along for the hurl. A MEWP heads east during extensive work at Haymarket East Junction on Christmas Day 2019. I don't normally ...
David Panton 25/12/2019
A BR InterCity 125 slowing for the Haymarket stop on 19 April 1982 about to pass Haymarket East Junction. The train is a mid-morning Aberdeen - Kings ...
John Furnevel 19/04/1982
Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley coming off the branch at Haymarket East Junction. ...
Brian Forbes 13/05/2010