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.
13/10/1853Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)
From Slateford Junction [1st] to a bay platform by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway's Haymarket station opened. Trains could run from the bay to Carstairs or Falkirk. The line is opened with a running of the Royal Train to Haymarket. The connection at Haymarket was taken out later.
  /  /1860Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Branch re-authorised.
01/08/1879Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Slateford Junction [1st] to Granton Junction authorised for passengers - with the opening of the Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway) .
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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Caledonian Railway
The 1960s signal box at Slateford Junction is long out of use as a box, but is still in use for something. For a while it was the home of the ...
David Panton 16/01/2020
The interior of Slateford signalbox in 1981, shortly before its closure. ...
Bill Roberton //1981
Out of use signalbox at Slateford, now a signalling training centre. By permission of Railtrack. ...
Ewan Crawford //
47461 Charles Rennie Mackintosh about to cross over the Edinburgh Suburban line with a WCML portion from Carstairs in 1982. Beyond is the ...
Bill Roberton //1982
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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
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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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Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
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
A railtour special for Aberdeen westbound passing Haymarket at speed in September 1979 behind preserved A4 Pacific no 60009 Union of South ...
John Furnevel 04/09/1979
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
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