Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway)

Introduction

This line is open. The lines pass close to Edinburgh Airport at Turnhouse and there have been plans to built a line from near Winchburgh, via the Airport, to Turnhouse. This route would slightly shorten the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and allow Edinburgh Airport to be more accessible to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Saughton to Dalmeny

This junction is west of Edinburgh. This is where the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway of 1842 is met by the Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway) of 1890. The location is just east of the former Saughton station. Both lines are double track and from the east of the junction to Edinburgh the line is quadrupled.
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A DMU bound for Larbert passes through Saughton Junction on 26 August 1959. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 26/08/1959
B1 61340 hurries west past Saughton Junction on 31 July 1959. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 31/07/1959
Eastfield B1 no 61197 takes a train west at Saughton Junction in July 1959. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 31/07/1959
Haymarket V2 no 60816 runs past Broomhouse shortly after turning north at Saughton Junction in the summer of 1959 with a stopping train heading for ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 25/07/1959

This was a four platform station on raised embankments to the east side of Saughton Road in western Edinburgh.
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A 6-car class 334 EMU set eastbound between Edinburgh Park and Haymarket on a sunny summer afternoon in July 2014. The train is the 1323 Milngavie - ...
John Furnevel 25/07/2014
ScotRail 170414 running west at speed on the approach to Saughton Junction on 26 October 2002 with an Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Queen Street ...
John Furnevel 26/10/2002
Shortly after leaving Balgreen on a sunny 25 July 2014 a westbound Edinburgh tram climbs to cross the Edinburgh - Glasgow main line on the approach to ...
John Furnevel 25/07/2014
A Bathgate train westbound from Haymarket in November 2006 approaching Saughton Junction. ...
John Furnevel 02/11/2006

This signal box was to the north of Saughton Junction and Saughton station on the line to the Forth Bridge from Edinburgh. The box was the north side of the line. ...

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This is a modern and minimal two station platform. There is a station car park to the south. This station is entirely new and is not a re-opening. Previously the nearest station was at Saughton, now closed, a mile to the east.
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This double arrow here refers to South Gyle station, but non-locals might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Pinkhill staion closed on 1968, and ...
David Panton 10/07/2018
An Edinburgh service calls at South Gyle on 11 January 2019. South Gyle lost half of its daytime services when the new Edinburgh Gateway took them ...
David Panton 11/01/2019
68007 Valiant calls at South Gyle taking commuters home to Fife on
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David Panton 12/07/2017
A couple of new stations which appear to have slipped under the RailScot radar - or an ambiguous sign? ...
David Panton 12/04/2009

This station is a train/tram interchange which also serves the Gyle shopping Centre. Trams run west to Edinburgh Airport.
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Edinburgh Gateway public opening leaflet. ...
John Yellowlees 11/12/2016
Bridge repeater on the Upline at Edinburgh Gateway station. This is of the newish kind which shows clear in green to distinguish if from caution which ...
David Panton 03/05/2018
Informative station sign at Edinburgh Gateway ...
John Yellowlees 11/12/2016
Forth Bridge image in school artwork at Edinburgh Gateway. ...
John Yellowlees 11/12/2016

This was a two platform station to the south of Turnhouse Farm and east of today's Edinburgh Airport.
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Looking south west at Turnhouse on 11 September 2009. The residue of a morning mist still hangs over the airport as a ScotRail five car 170+158 ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2009
An unidentified Class 47 passes Turnhouse with an Edinburgh - Dundee train in 1982. In the background is the former RAF base, since demolished. [Ref ...
Bill Roberton //1982
A Waverley-bound DMU heads south from The Forth Bridge past Edinburgh Airport on 17 March 2010 near the site of the former Turnhouse station (closed ...
John Furnevel 17/03/2010
A Dundee - Edinburgh service runs along the eastern perimeter of Edinburgh Airport near the site of Turnhouse station (closed September 1930) on a ...
John Furnevel 08/07/2007


This was a four way junction. The 1868 was crossed by the 1890 Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway) which joined the line from south east and left the older line to the north west of the junction.
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A view south at Dalmeny South Junction in 2003 with the trackbed of the closed line to Ratho going off to the right. The open line is to Saughton ...
Ewan Crawford 28/12/2003




Dalmeny South to North Junction

This was a four way junction. The 1868 was crossed by the 1890 Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway) which joined the line from south east and left the older line to the north west of the junction.
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A view south at Dalmeny South Junction in 2003 with the trackbed of the closed line to Ratho going off to the right. The open line is to Saughton ...
Ewan Crawford 28/12/2003

This junction is south of Dalmeny station. Lines from Edinburgh (Saughton Junction) and the west (Winchburgh Junction) meet before passing through Dalmeny station and crossing the Forth Bridge.
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170477 with the 14.02 from Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh, south of Dalmeny Junction on 11 May. ...
Bill Roberton 11/05/2014
A Fife bound train passing Dalmeny Junction in the summer of 2008 on the climb up to the Forth Bridge. Dalmeny station can be seen in the centre ...
John Furnevel 26/06/2008
A returning Fife Circle train heads south past the loops at Dalmeny on 22 August 2011. Meantime, the 1118 Edinburgh - Cowdenbeath has just arrived at ...
John Furnevel 22/08/2011
In the final week of Winchburgh diversions, 158733 on a local from Fife waits to follow a reversing Dunblane-Edinburgh train at Dalmeny Junction on 21 ...
John Yellowlees 21/07/2015




Winchburgh to Dalmeny

This junction opened in 1890 between the 1842 Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and the approach to the then new Forth Bridge. It is the western end of a line which runs to Dalmeny. This was a double track junction.
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A4 Pacific 60009 Union of South Africa climbing away from Winchburgh Junction with the morning SRPS Forth Circle special on 27 April ...
Jim Peebles 27/04/2014
An afternoon Glasgow Queen St to Edinburgh Waverley push-pull working hurries past Winchburgh Junction with what appears to be class 27 No. 5400 ...
Bill Jamieson /04/1972
Running east from Winchburgh Junction is a loaded coal train for Longannet. ...
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Looking east along the Winchburgh Loop towards Dalmeny Junction in April 1972, with Winchburgh Junction behind the camera and the trackbed of Myre ...
Bill Jamieson /04/1972



This signal box was located on the western approach to the Forth Bridge on the line between Winchburgh Junction and Dalmeny North Junction.
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This junction is south of Dalmeny station. Lines from Edinburgh (Saughton Junction) and the west (Winchburgh Junction) meet before passing through Dalmeny station and crossing the Forth Bridge.
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170477 with the 14.02 from Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh, south of Dalmeny Junction on 11 May. ...
Bill Roberton 11/05/2014
A Fife bound train passing Dalmeny Junction in the summer of 2008 on the climb up to the Forth Bridge. Dalmeny station can be seen in the centre ...
John Furnevel 26/06/2008
A returning Fife Circle train heads south past the loops at Dalmeny on 22 August 2011. Meantime, the 1118 Edinburgh - Cowdenbeath has just arrived at ...
John Furnevel 22/08/2011
In the final week of Winchburgh diversions, 158733 on a local from Fife waits to follow a reversing Dunblane-Edinburgh train at Dalmeny Junction on 21 ...
John Yellowlees 21/07/2015