Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway

Introduction

Portions of this line remain open between Duddingston and Millerhill and between Leith and Portobello. The line was known as the 'Innocent Railway'. It was built to convey domestic coal into Edinburgh. The Borders Railway has re-opened a further portion between Sherriffhall and Dalhousie.

The portion of the line still in use is supported and promoted by the Borders Railway Community Rail Partnership .

Why built

This line was built to convey coal from pits and existing waggonways around Dalkeith to Edinburgh. In addition there were branches to the port of Leith and harbour at Fisherrow. The four routes met at Niddrie. The Fisherrow branch opened with the main line and was probably for importing fish and exporting excess coal production. Leith is much lower than Edinburgh and this provided a more gentle approach to the sea. Fisherrow was no doubt inadequate and exporting coal required train reversals and before long the Leith branch was conceived.

Service

Until 2002 the remaining portion of the line was used by freight only to access Millerhill Marshalling Yard. From 2002 the portion between Niddrie South Junction and a new station and turnback siding at Newcraighall carried a passenger service from Edinburgh Waverley via Portobello and Brunstane.

In 2015 the Borders Railway (Network Rail) (the northern part of the former Waverley Route) opened to carry carried passenger trains from Newcraighall via a new portion of line to Sherrifhall [2nd] where the original trackbed was reached, the line continuing south to Galashiels and Tweedbank.

The new Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail) runs between Newcraighall and Sherrifhall [2nd] using an alignment further west as the route via the Millerhill Marshalling Yard will not be reinstated. The construction of the Edinburgh City Bypass on the level via a long oblique over the solum of the closed line precluded this. The road was relocated to allow a new bridge to be built for the diversion and the bypass relocated onto the new bridge.

The branch to Leith South Yard is open to freight, used until 2013 for conveying imported coal from the docks for use at Cockenzie Power Station. There is currently (2020) no traffic.



Dates

26/05/1826Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1831Edmonstone Waggonway
Partly closed, part linked to Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.
04/07/1831Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Opened from St Leonards to Craighall.
  /10/1831Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Opened throughout.
  /10/1831Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Fisherrow branch opened.
21/01/1832Marquis of Lothians Waggonway
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway line extended from Dalhousie. Initially the line ran eastwards after crossing the South Esk to Bryans Pit. A branch to the south to Lingerwood Mine was later opened and the system was to eventually reach as far south as Arniston Engine. In later years a colliery line was to be established between the Newbattle pits which was independent of the Waverley Route.
02/06/1832Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Passenger shuttle service started from St Leonards to Dalhousie by other company along the railway.
  /  /1834Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Edinburgh and Dalkeith set up own passenger service.
  /  /1836Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Edinburgh and Dalkeith take over all other passenger services.
  /  /1838Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Leith (South Leith) branch opened.
  /  /1839Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Dalkeith branch opened. It connected to the Duke of Buccleuch's Tramway, owned by Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott the Duke of Buccleuch's, which served collieries at Smeaton (Smeaton Colliery) and Cowden (Cowdenfoot Colliery).
21/07/1845Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway North British Railway
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway merged with the North British Railway.
  /  /1846Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Route re-gauged to standard gauge.
  /  /1846Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Fisherrow branch modified to branch off North British Railway.
  /  /1846Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Original Fisherrow branch from Niddrie connected to North British Railway to form Niddrie to Monktonhall link.
  /  /1847Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
St Leonards closed to passengers.
  /  /1847Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Musselburgh branch opened and Fisherrow closed to passengers.
  /07/1847Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Dalhousie renamed South Esk.
14/07/1847Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
New line from Portobello (Hawick Junction) to Niddrie South Junction opened, Niddrie to South Esk re-gauged. The Arniston Branch (Marquis of Lothian's Waggonway) was replaced by a new alignment further west.
  /  /1849Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Original route between Portobello and Niddrie closed.
20/02/1849Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Millerhill station opened.
04/07/1855Peebles Railway
Opened from Hardengreen Junction (Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway) to Peebles [1st]. Stations opened at; Hawthornden, Roslin [1st], Penicuik [1st], Leadburn, Eddleston and Peebles [1st].
  /  /1856Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Doubling of South Leith branch begins.
  /  /1858Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Completion of doubling of South Leith branch.
01/06/1860Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
St Leonards re-opened to passengers.
30/09/1860Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
St Leonards re-closed to passengers.
01/02/1869Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Second station at Niddrie [2nd] closed.
31/07/1870Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
Connection from Hardengreen Junction (Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway) to Smeaton (Macmerry Branch) opened.
09/05/1872Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Hardengreen Junction to Hawthornden Junction (on the Peebles Railway) doubled.
06/11/1873Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Edinburgh Loanhead and Roslin Railway opened from Millerhill Junction.
  /  /1881Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)]
Leith Edinburgh Dock, rail served, opened.
02/01/1905Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
South Leith closed to passengers.
01/08/1908Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
South Esk station closed.
01/05/1933Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway closed to passengers.
  /  /1934Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Hardengreen Junction to Smeaton lifted, except for a short stub at Hardengreen Junction.
05/01/1942Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Dalkeith to Millerhill (Glenesk Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1954Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Eskbank renamed Eskbank and Dalkeith.
07/11/1955Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Millerhill station closed.
02/10/1961Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Fisherrow closed to freight.
18/06/1962Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways)
Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways) opened.
10/09/1962Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Portobello (Niddrie North Junction) to Morningside Road to Edinburgh (Haymarket Central Junction) closed to passengers.
10/09/1962Edinburgh and Dalkeith RailwayEdinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Niddrie North Junction to Haymarket Central Junction via Duddingston Junction closed to passengers. Remains open for freight and diverted passenger trains.
10/08/1964Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Dalkeith to Millerhill (Glenesk Junction) closed to freight
07/09/1964Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway) Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Musselburgh [2nd] to Joppa (Newhailes Junction) closed to passengers.
22/07/1968Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
St Leonards closed to freight.
  /08/1968Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
St Leonards to Duddingston Junction closed.
06/01/1969Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway Marquis of Lothians Waggonway Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) Border Union Railway (North British Railway) Carlisle and Port Carlisle Railway and Dock
Edinburgh (Portobello East Junction) to Hawick [2nd] to Carlisle (Port Carlisle Junction) closed to passengers. Newtongrange [1st], Gorebridge, Tynehead, Heriot, Fountainhall, Stow, Galashiels [1st], Melrose, St Boswells, Hassendean, Hawick [2nd], Stobs, Shankend, Riccarton Junction, Steele Road, Newcastleton stations closed.
28/06/1972Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Line closed between Newtongrange (Newbattle Coal Stocking Site known as Butlerfield), and Millerhill Junction (excluded). The Millerhill Yard Carlisle Arrival Sidings at Millerhill and a short section south remained, used by trains rounding the Monktonhall Curve to access Millerhill Yard Down Arrival Sidings.
06/09/1972Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway) Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Musselburgh to Joppa (Newhailes Junction) closed to freight. (Alternative dates: 1971, 7/12/1970).
26/02/1982Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Baileyfield Switch and Crossing Works opened. (The original Baileyfield Switch and Crossing Works was opened here by the North British Railway in 1905. It closed in 1980 for rebuilding.)
  /  /1983Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways)
Millerhill Yard Down Sorting Sidings lifted.
  /  /1990Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Depot to south of Millerhill Junction falls out of use. Track is now buckled and useless.
  /  /1993Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Stub of Edinburgh Loanhead and Roslin Railway from Millerhill Junction to Bilston Glen Colliery closed.
  /  /1997Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Millerhill Junction to Monktonhall Colliery closed.
04/12/2001Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Tree-planting ceremony marks the site-start at Newcraighall. Construction of Newcraighall and Brunstane stations on the Edinburgh CrossRail scheme commences.
03/06/2002Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Portobello Junction to Newcraighall (north of Millerhill) re-opened to passengers with stations at; Brunstane, Newcraighall.

Route described

The main line, a double track, ran from Edinburgh St Leonards through a tunnel and along an incline and then east to Niddrie and then south through Eskbank (near Dalkeith) to South Esk.

There were branches to Leith and Fisherrow from Niddrie.

Stations were located at the termini and at Niddrie. Locations where passengers could be picked up or dropped were located elsewhere.


Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Edinburgh to South Esk

Double track throughout.

A notable early passenger, goods and minerals terminus in Edinburgh - Edinburgh's first station and was located to the south east of the Old Town. The station was probably not called St Leonards in the early days, it would be the Edinburgh terminus of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. At first trains were horse drawn. The primary purpose was to bring coal to Edinburgh from pits to the south ...

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Close up of the detailed warning notice above the entrance to the goods shed at St Leonards in 1977 see image 52405. ...
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The Engine Shed, a refurbished former goods shed standing in the yard of the old Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway terminus at St Leonards, ...
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The St Leonard's Street entrance to the former goods depot in March 2012. See image 17615 for the view looking back from the other side of the ...
Andrew Wilson 07/03/2012
This fragment of the former goods station at St Leonards in Edinburgh reminds me of a fossil dinosaur bone exposed by tectonic shifts. Photographed 30 ...
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This level crossing was named for a farm formerly to the south of the level crossing.
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The cyclist has just left Duddingston Road West and is heading north west along the trackbed of the line to St Leonards (the so-called Innocent ...
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Looking west towards St Leonards at Duddingston. ...
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Former level crossing at Duddingston on The Innocent Railway in 2004. View west across Duddingston Road towards Holyrood Park and the tunnel to ...
John Furnevel 10/11/2004
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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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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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St Margarets V3 2-6-2T no 67668 at Duddingston Junction on 25 August 1962. The locomotive had brought the Stephenson Locomotive Society (Scottish ...
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Duddingston Junction signal box, photographed shortly after closure in June 1969.
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This is a location identified as a possible location for the E&DR's Niddrie station. It is unlikely as this was not at the point of divergence of the South Esk and Fisherrow lines, not shown on the NBR prospectus map and west of the point of divergence of the Leith line, opened one year after the station (thus not served by the Leith branch which would have been wasteful).
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The remains of Niddrie West yard on 9 April 1982. The connection to NCB Niddrie Landsale Yard has recently been lifted and the signalbox has been ...
Bill Roberton 09/04/1982
A scene of dereliction at Niddrie West Yard in 1974 with Arthur's Seat dominating the background. Niddrie West signal box still stands over on the ...
Bill Roberton //1974
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This location has been identified as a possible location of the E&DR's Niddrie station. It was immediately east of the point of divergence between the lines to St Leonards and Leith.
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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, Suburban and Southside Junction 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 is in the south east of Edinburgh. It controls the junction between the Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank line and the goods only line from Slateford and Haymarket. It is a busy location with freight, passenger trains and depot traffic, made difficult by the single track line north to Portobello.
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Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways)
Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
The 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank approaching Niddrie South Junction shortly after leaving Brunstane on 10 June 2018. On the left is the line to Niddrie ...
John Furnevel 10/06/2018
A Tweedbank service clears the junction on the approach to Newcraighall on 5 June. The feathers are for the connection with the Sub at Niddrie West, ...
David Panton 05/06/2018
Immediately after leaving Newcraighall Station northbound, trains pass through Niddrie South Junction before either branching left trowards Niddrie ...
John Furnevel 10/06/2018
26024 heads for Millerhill Yard near Niddrie South Junction. ...
Bill Roberton //1975
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This was the third station at Niddrie immediately south of Niddrie South Junction, on approximately the same site as Newcraighall station.
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The three early and short-lived Niddrie stations were close to each other though not to Niddrie itself; they would today be deemed to be in ...
David Panton 17/09/2019
The 1864 Niddrie station was very close to the original Edinburgh & Dalkeith one - more or less at Niddrie South Junction. Even this one was goods ...
David Panton 05/06/2018
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This is a single platform station located between Niddrie South Junction and Newcraighall North Junction where the Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail) leaves the alignment of the original Waverley Route.
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Borders Railway (Network Rail)
A 7-car class 385 combination passes below the bridge carrying the A1 as it approaches Newcraighall station on 22 September 2019. The train is running ...
John Furnevel 22/09/2019
ScotRail 385108 brings up the rear of an empty stock movement from Millerhill Depot passing Newcrighall on its way to Waverley to commence duty on the ...
John Furnevel 22/09/2019
A green light for the 0845 Tweedbank - Edinburgh, about to restart from Newcraighall station on 17 June 2018. The train will head north before making ...
John Furnevel 17/06/2018
A sunny summer morning at Newcraighall on 1 July 2018 as a ScotRail service for Tweedbank arrives at the platform. ...
John Furnevel 01/07/2018
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This is where the Borders Railway joins the alignment of the former Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway, today the lines serving Millerhill EGIP Depot and the goods loop serving the remains of Millerhill Marshalling Yard off the East Coast Main Line.
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Ballast arriving at Millerhill on 5 November 2017 behind 66077 about to enter the yard past Newcraighall North Junction. The train is the 0820 Perth - ...
John Furnevel 05/11/2017
GBRf 66723 Chinook runs into Millerhill yard from the north with a PW train on 24 September 2017. ...
John Furnevel 23/09/2017
The empty stock of a special leaving Millerhill Yard for Waverley on 23 September 2015 behind 67026 Diamond Jubilee. A4 Pacific 60009 Union ...
John Furnevel 23/09/2015
A 6-car EMU about to pass north through Newcraighall station on 8 August 2019 on an ecs move from Millerhill Depot to Waverley. ...
John Furnevel 08/08/2019
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This new EMU Depot for EGIP was built on the site of the Millerhill Yard Up Sorting Sidings.
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Millerhill EMU Depot (Network Rail)
A class 385 empty stock movement leaving Millerhill EMU depot on the morning of 11 November 2018 to make its way to Waverley. The Millerhill freight ...
John Furnevel 11/11/2018
An empty stock movement from Millerhill depot about to join the main line on 22 September 2019. Units 385006+385108 will then head for Waverley where ...
John Furnevel 22/09/2019
News Years Day 2018 at Millerhill sees Freightliner 66956 passing some of the new infrastructure associated with the ScotRail EMU Depot which is ...
John Furnevel 01/01/2018
Part of the northern section of the new ScotRail EMU depot at Millerhill on 12 November 2017. View is east across the running lines, with tracklaying ...
John Furnevel 12/11/2017
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This is the junction between the Newcraighall North Junction to Monktonhall Junction route through the former Millerhill Yard and the Millerhill EGIP Depot, built partly on the site of the Millerhill MPD and the Millerhill Yard Up Sorting Sidings.
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Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways)
Coal empties for Ravenstruther and Hunterston seen looking south towards Millerhill Yard in October 2007. EWS 66200 has just been given the road with ...
John Furnevel 08/10/2007
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Note the spelling Cairnie as per the nearby farm and cottages. This station was probably located either at Cairnie Cottage or near Adamsrow, a location now lost after the development of the Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways).
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The exact location of this short lived station is uncertain, being more a stopping place than a station. It was located on the original alignment of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway probably to the north of the A6106 overbridge.
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View west from the A6106 at Melville Gate on 22 February 2014 showing the original tunnel used by the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. The replacement ...
John Furnevel 22/02/2014
View north towards the A6106 at Melville Gate on 22 February showing the tunnels used by the original E&D route towards Sheriffhall (left) and the ...
Ewan Crawford 22/02/2014
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This viaduct is also known as the North Esk Viaduct. It is a single arch crossing the River North Esk at a height of 60 ft. The bridge dates from 1831 and currently carries a railway, formerly the Waverley Route which closed in 1969 as a through route and re-opened as the Borders Railway in 2015.
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ScotRail 158734 crossing Glenesk Viaduct on 6 July 2017 with the 1024 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 06/07/2017
ScotRail 158736 appears off the sweeping curve south from Kings Gate on the Borders line with a morning service to Tweedbank on 15 August 2019. The ...
John Furnevel 15/08/2019
The Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway's Glenesk Viaduct, viewed from the west in February 2014. The 1830 single arch spanning the North Esk was in the ...
John Furnevel 22/02/2014
Taken around 1990, this shot shows the bridge at Glenesk with its metal bracing still in place. The viaduct then became part of a cycleway/walkway ...
Charlie Niven //1990
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This was the junction between the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway's line from Edinburgh to South Esk and its short branch to Dalkeith. The junction was immediately to the south of Glenesk Viaduct and north of the short lived Glenesk station. The E&D later became the northern portion of the Waverley Route.
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A ScotRail 158 on the Borders Railway about to pass below the B6392 Melville Road, midway between Shawfair and Eskbank, on 6 July 2017. Glenesk ...
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Looking south from Glenesk Junction in the summer of 2012. The Waverley route continued from here to the bridge carrying the B6392. The approaching ...
John Furnevel 25/07/2012
View across the old yard that once formed part of Glenesk Colliery, photographed looking north in July 2017. The area is here being used for the ...
John Furnevel 06/07/2017
The ScotRail 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank seen here passing the site of Glenesk Colliery, between Shawfair and Eskbank stations, on a showery Sunday 21 ...
John Furnevel 21/10/2018
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This short lived station was north of Eskbank and Dalkeith station and south of Glenesk Junction and the Glenesk Viaduct. The Glenesk Colliery was alongside the railway to the west. ...

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The 0911 ScotRail Edinburgh - Tweedbank has just crossed Glenesk Viaduct southbound on 5 May 2019. The site of Glenesk Junction is directly behind the ...
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The 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank passing the site of Glenesk Colliery in bright morning sunshine on 22 May 2016. The train has recently crossed Glenesk ...
John Furnevel 22/05/2016
Bringing up the rear. 67026 Diamond Jubilee passing Glenesk southbound on 19 September 2015 at the rear of the steam special heading for ...
John Furnevel 10/09/2015
Looking north from the B6392 road bridge on 16 September 2014 towards the site of Glenesk Colliery and Junction. ...
Bill Roberton 16/09/2014
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This was a two platform station. The street level building is a two storey sandstone building with Tudor styling.
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A fine May morning in 2016 sees 158727 run through the abandoned platforms of the original Eskbank station with a northbound train on the Borders ...
John Furnevel 22/05/2016
Having left King's Cross before dawn on a freezing winter morning, a UK Railtours excursion behind 66003 to Tweedbank on the new Borders Line hurries ...
David Bosher 30/12/2015
1354 ex-Waverley rushing past Eskbank & Dalkeith. ...
John Yellowlees 30/10/2017
The old station house at Eskbank and Dalkeith. ...
John Yellowlees 30/10/2017
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This was the junction between the re-gauged Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway and the Peebles Railway. Hardengreen Yard was developed here and the Dalkeith Branch (North British Railway) later also reached this location.
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Peebles Railway
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Passing the site of Hardengreen Junction on the approach to Eskbank station on Sunday 14 August 2016 is the ScotRail 1011 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 14/08/2016
With the platform of Eskbank station in the background, ScotRail 170458 accelerates away north on 12 March 2017 with the 0845 Tweedbank - Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 12/03/2017
Surviving tunnel mouth on the NB single line freight only route from Hardengreen Junction to Smeaton, photographed in March 2019. The route was closed ...
John Furnevel 15/03/2019
ScotRail 158741 passes the site of Hardengreen Junction see image 17896 on 30 November 2017 with the 0924 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. The train is ...
John Furnevel 30/11/2017
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This yard was developed at Hardengreen Junction. The yard consisted of a number of sidings on either side of the Waverley Route, just south of Hardengreen Junction and a number of sidings on the east side, approached from the south.
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Hardengreen goods was on the east side of the Waverley route, opposite the signal box and Peebles line divergence. The site of it is now occupied by a ...
David Panton 28/07/2019
Looking south towards Dalhousie at Hardengreen Yard. ...
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This is a single platform station.
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Borders Railway (Network Rail)
A Sunday morning ScotRail service picks up at Eskbank on 14 May 2017 on its way to Waverley. ...
John Furnevel 14/05/2017
ScotRail 170471+158724 running to time on the northern approach to Eskbank station on 28 April 2019. The train is the Sunday morning 1011 Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 28/04/2019
The 5-car 1011 Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank pulls away from the platform at Eskbank on 28 April 2019. The curve onto Hardengreen Viaduct is just ...
John Furnevel 28/04/2019
170 414 bringing the message of the Borders Railway to, well, the Borders Railway at Eskbank on 13/03/2017. Being a fair bit south of the old Eskbank ...
David Panton 13/03/2017
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The ScotRail 0924 Edinburgh - Tweedbank crossing Hardengreen Viaduct on 18 May 2017, seen looking south west towards the roundabout along the B6392. ...
John Furnevel 18/05/2017
The late running 0955 Waverley - Tweedbank Sunday service passing over Hardengreen Viaduct on 15 April 2018. View north west from alongside the ...
John Furnevel 15/04/2018
The 0954 ex-Edinburgh Waverley crossing Hardengreen Viaduct on 6 April 2017 on its way to Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 06/04/2017
A ScotRail 158 southbound on the Borders Railway crosses Hardengreen Viaduct during a bright and sunny morning on 11 April 2019. Passing below on the ...
John Furnevel 11/04/2019
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This was the southern terminus of the main line of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. It was specifically built to be close to the coalfield north of Gorebridge to bring coal to Edinburgh. An older spelling is 'South Eske'.
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Marquis of Lothian^s Waggonway
Part of the alignment to the north of Dalhouse of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway viewed from the trackbed of the Edinburgh and Hawick line in ...
Ewan Crawford //2002
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Fisherrow Branch

Single track.

This was the first station at Niddrie, opened by the E&DR at the point of divergence of the lines to Fisherrow and South Esk one year before the opening of the South Leith branch. This location is marked on OS maps as having a 'Branch House' immediately to the south of the running lines. The station is likely to have been an interchange pausing point and probably did not serve the ...

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Fisherrow is a small tidal harbour on the west bank of the River Esk. The present stone harbour dates from the 17th century with modifications for waggonways. The town itself sits between the harbour and the river, on the east bank of which is Musselburgh. As the name suggest, fishing fleets were based here.
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Leith Branch

This was built as a single track. It was later doubled but reverted again to a single line as traffic fell off. It was a later addition which did not open with the E&DR, but shortly afterwards.

This location has been identified as a possible location of the E&DR's Niddrie station. It was immediately east of the point of divergence between the lines to St Leonards and Leith.
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In 1846/7 a number of short curves and connections were made by the North British Railway to the re-gauged Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. This view ...
Bill Roberton 24/11/2015
The Leith arm of the cross-shaped Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway of 1831 left the hub at Niddrie and crossed what was then open country. It never ...
David Panton 30/10/2010
A look along the embankment of a railway which closed over 150 years ago. This was part of the Leith arm of the Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway, ...
David Panton 30/10/2010
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This junction and box were on the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway's South Leith branch. The box opened with the development of the Lothian Lines (North British Railway).
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Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
The Leith South (or Docks) line seems to have fallen into desuetude. This is the point where it goes under Inchview Terrace, and we are looking ...
David Panton 14/05/2020
The Leith South branch is out of regular use and vegetation is encroaching. This view looks north towards the site of Kings Road Junction (See image ...
David Panton 14/04/2020
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The out of use South Leith Branch runs under Fillyside Road slightly further south, but the original line took a more direct course and ran under this ...
David Panton 07/05/2020
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The original course of the Leith South line was in the foreground, running along the coast before land was reclaimed. The later alignment went the ...
David Panton 18/06/2020
I am standing at the exact location of Meadows Box and looking along the moribund South Leith Branch towards Leith. Craigentinny Meadows became ...
David Panton 07/05/2020
Meadows signal box was between the two pairs of lines which pass under Seafield Road. It was in the middle of this picture, taken on 12th February ...
David Panton 12/02/2018
47283 departs from Leith South with a fertiliser van train on 28 August 1991, passing stacks of pipes which have also arrived by rail. The former ...
Bill Roberton 28/08/1991
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This box was located on the west side of Seafield Road Level Crossing (then called Seafield Crossing), on the north side of the line and backing onto the beach.
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Seafield Junction was at the Marine Esplanade Level Crossing (now called Seafield Level Crossing).
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Looking towards the docks from Seafield level crossing on 18th June 2020. Looking very NIRU if not OOU. ...
David Panton 18/06/2020
Leith South - Millerhill departmental service stopped at signals on 9 July stands alongside Seafield Road. ...
John Furnevel 09/07/2007
EWS 66205 moving away from Seafield level crossing on 7 June 2006 with a trainload of imported coal from Leith Docks. The contents are destined for ...
John Furnevel 07/06/2006
An unfortunate red light near Seafield level crossing on 9 July 2007 - at least it was for road traffic running between Marine Esplanade and Seafield ...
John Furnevel 09/07/2007
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This goods depot was opened immediately to the east of South Leith station. It allowed the goods station at the station to become a coal depot. It opened around 1881, along with the Leith Edinburgh Dock.
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In April 1995 there was a path on the trackbed of the approach to the Bath Road crossing, which was once busy enough to warrant a footbridge. In May ...
David Panton 18/04/1995
Trans-shipment activity at Leith South (aka South Leith) goods depot in the 1980s. View is west from the entrance from South Leith (aka Leith South) ...
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Detail - Leith South goods depot - 1980s. ...
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A merged image showing the main entrance to Leith South goods depot looking north east on Bath Road in the 1980s. The building on the far left was ...
Jim Peebles //
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This was a terminus of a branch from Niddrie [1st] opened on the shoreline at Leith, just east of the Water of Leith in 1835 (the land on the east bank is South Leith). Passenger coaches ran here from 1838. This largely forgotten station is important in the history of the expansion and development of Leith and its docks. Known as simply 'Leith' until 1868 when it first appeared as 'South' in ...

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There was a goods station at the site of South Leith passenger terminus on Constitution Street, a separate one only slightly further east at Bath ...
David Panton /04/1995
View south from the docks in September 2006 with the site of South Leith station off to the left on the far side of the wall beyond Tower Street. ...
John Furnevel 12/09/2006
An SLS Railtour stands at the original Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway terminus at South Leith on 25 August 1962 behind Gresley V2 2-6-2T no 67668. This ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 25/08/1962
Scene at South Leith on 27 March 1967 showing D5317 with Scottish Rambler No 6. The view is west, with a siding continuing beyond the level ...
Bruce McCartney 27/03/1967
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Dalkeith Branch

This was the junction between the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway's line from Edinburgh to South Esk and its short branch to Dalkeith. The junction was immediately to the south of Glenesk Viaduct and north of the short lived Glenesk station. The E&D later became the northern portion of the Waverley Route.
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A ScotRail 158 on the Borders Railway about to pass below the B6392 Melville Road, midway between Shawfair and Eskbank, on 6 July 2017. Glenesk ...
John Furnevel 06/07/2017
Looking south from Glenesk Junction in the summer of 2012. The Waverley route continued from here to the bridge carrying the B6392. The approaching ...
John Furnevel 25/07/2012
View across the old yard that once formed part of Glenesk Colliery, photographed looking north in July 2017. The area is here being used for the ...
John Furnevel 06/07/2017
The ScotRail 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank seen here passing the site of Glenesk Colliery, between Shawfair and Eskbank stations, on a showery Sunday 21 ...
John Furnevel 21/10/2018
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This was a single platform terminus at the end of a short branch from Glenesk Junction. There was a goods yard to the north of the station site.
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The sealed railway bridge and partially infilled cutting just to the west of Dalkeith station which provides a pedestrian link between Eskbank Road ...
John Furnevel 25/07/2012
The view east towards Dalkeith from Cemetery Road bridge in July 2013 see image 39723. The trackbed has been obliterated from this point, with a ...
John Furnevel 25/07/2012
A car heading east into Dalkeith along the A6094 on 28 August speeds past the bridge that carried Cemetery Road over the trackbed of the E&DR just ...
John Furnevel 28/08/2013
The station site at Dalkeith, now cleared and ready for construction of the new supermarket. View east towards the town centre on 5 October 2013. The ...
John Furnevel 05/10/2013
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