Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)


This line provided a service from the docks at Granton harbour to Haymarket in Edinburgh it joined a line running to the main line of the Caledonian Railway. The line was developed jointly by the Caledonian and the Duke of Buccleuch (across whose estate the line ran). The Dukes portion was later bought by the Caledonian.


  /  /1846Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Act for Caledonian Railway branch from Slateford to Granton rejected by Government.
  /  /1857Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line authorised. Initially owned jointly by the Duke of Buccleuch and Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1858Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Construction begins.
28/08/1861Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened to freight.
07/08/1862Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Crew Junction (Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Leith Western Docks authorised.
  /  /1863Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
The Caledonian Railway buys the Duke of Buccleuch's share in the line.
01/09/1864Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Junction [Edinburgh] to Coltbridge Junction (Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
01/08/1879Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Passenger service starts, a new passenger portion opens from Newhaven Junction to Leith North on the south side of the existing goods lines. Stations opened at Craigleith and Murrayfield on the Granton branch, Granton Road on the Leith North branch, Newhaven and Leith North on the new line.
01/11/1902Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Gasworks station (private) opened on a short branch by Breakwater Junction.
  /  /1942Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Gasworks station closed.
01/06/1960Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Craigleith goods closed.
30/04/1962Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway) Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Leith North passenger service withdrawn. Craigleith, Murrayfield, Granton Road, Newhaven and Leith North closed.
21/06/1965Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Murrayfield goods closed.
02/08/1965Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Crewe Junction to Granton Gasworks closed.
04/09/1967Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Junction to Leith North (excluded) closed.
04/09/1967Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Newhaven Junction to Coltfield Junction closed to freight.
05/02/1968Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton High Goods closed. (Latterly accessed via the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway).
  /  /1980Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Bitumen Works Siding closed. (Latterly accessed via the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway which is cut back to Powderhall).
  /  /1986Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line lifted from Granton Harbour to the Granton Bitumen Works.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

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

This junction opened in 1864 when the a curve from the new Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway) connected the 1848 Caledonian Railway to the 1859 Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway).

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This view, from the site of Coltbridge Junction Signalbox, looks south west towards Haymarket depot, where the tram line will skirt the perimeter of ...
Bill Roberton 27/09/2010
View from the site of Coltbridge Junction Signalbox looking south east with new plant being delivered to the Edinburgh tram works. ...
Bill Roberton 27/09/2010
View south along the former alignment of the demolished Caledonian viaduct. It is planned that there will be a triangular junction with the ...
Bill Roberton 27/09/2010

This was a two platform station on the lines between Edinburgh Princes Street and Leith North and Barnton. Both platforms had buildings, that on the northbound being slightly larger.

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It's always satisfying to come across a bit of left-behind hardware on a railway path, in this case a CR signal post base. OS maps confirm that there ...
David Panton 09/01/2019
Detail of central section of the former Caledonian Railway bridge over Roseburn Terrace, Edinburgh, on the approach to Murrayfield station in February ...
John Furnevel 19/02/2006
Looking east at the Caledonian Railway bridge across Roseburn Terrace on the Granton branch with Murrayfield station to the left, 2002. ...
John Furnevel //2002
Part of an abutment of the former Caledonian Railway bridge over Roseburn Terrace, just south of Murrayfield station, in February 2006. The CR ...
John Furnevel 19/02/2006

This is a disused double track three arch viaduct over a path, the Water of Leith and Coltbridge Avenue. To the south was the Murrayfield station and to the north Craigleith.

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Edinburgh City Council has commenced repairs to Coltbridge Viaduct, which until 1967 carried the Leith North branch across the Water of Leith and is ...
John Yellowlees 16/01/2020
View south along the Water of Leith at Coltbridge, just north west of Murrayfield station on the former Caledonian suburban route north out of Princes ...
John Furnevel 16/02/2006

This was a two platform station with offices on Queensferry Road. There were waiting rooms on the platforms. The station was south of the road bridge and to the north was Craigleith Junction, the junction between the lines to Leith North and Barnton from Edinburgh Princes Street. There were goods sidings on the east side of the junction, approached from the south, with one in ...

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Craigleith's former platform is now on the Roseburn Path ...
John Yellowlees 24/04/2016
The platforms of Craigleith station on the CR Leith branch, looking north on 20 February.  As at Granton Road and Newhaven the ticket office was ...
David Panton 20/02/2010

This double track junction was just north of Craigleith station, separated from it by the Queensferry Road overbridge. The existing signal box, dating from 1879 when the station opened, was used when the junction was created with the opening of the Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway) in 1894. For this the box was renamed from Craigleith to Craigleith Junction.

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The Barnton branch (left) parted company from the Caledonian's Leith North line just north of Craigleith station. As with Edinburgh's other railway ...
David Panton 29/12/2018

This was the southern approach to Crew Junction where the routes to Granton and Leith divided. the junction was the southern end of loops on either side of the line which rejoined the main line at Crew Junction. There was a yard laid out on either side of the loops.

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This junction was between the goods only 1861 Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) and the 1864 Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway). The junction gave access to the Granton and Leith routes from the south. Both railways were double track.

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Base of a lattice post signal near Crew Junction, seen during a walk of closed Edinburgh railway lines in January 2019. This was most likely the down ...
Bill Roberton 15/01/2019
I am standing at the site of the box at Crew Junction at Crewe Toll, Edinburgh looking north. Another RailScot contributor asserts that this junction ...
David Panton 23/01/2019
Looking north over the site of Crew Junction Yard on 15th January 2019. The CR Leith branch ran in front of the fence in the background with the ...
Bill Roberton 15/01/2019
The photographer's youngest son beams from the steps of Crew Junction box in 1966, less than a year after the closure of the Crew Junction-Granton ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1966

This junction is also known as Pilton Junction West. The signal box here was called Pilton West Junction.

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The view north from West Granton Road in 1997. There was a cycleroute down there, laid on the original trackbed level. Since this photograph the large ...
Ewan Crawford /09/1997
Part of the course of the CR's Granton branch was converted to this not terribly useful mini relief road after the track was lifted in the 1980s. It ...
David Panton 19/01/2019
Looking north west to Granton Gasworks, and its former station, from just north of Pilton West Junction in 1998. The trackbed into the works is in the ...
Ewan Crawford //1998
A path being constructed in 1990, on the trackbed of what was latterly the end of the Granton branch looking towards Pilton Junction West. The wall ...
Bill Roberton //1990

This was the junction between the Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)'s lines to the Granton western breakwater and Granton High Goods, and the connection to the former Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway (once a major transshipment point between the Caledonian Railway and North British Railway systems in Edinburgh.

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BLS Lothian & Fife Wanderer at Granton on 23 August 1980. ...
Bill Roberton 23/08/1980
Looking north east to the former Breakwater Junction in 1990. The line to Granton Square curved gently to the right with the discharge sidings for ...
Bill Roberton //1990
This once rather neglected part of Granton, Edinburgh see image 33048 for map has been transformed during my years away from the city and in ...
David Panton 17/01/2015

The CR Granton goods, with the old shed on the left, photographed in June 1995. View is roughly south west towards Breakwater Junction, where the line ...
David Panton /06/1995
The Caledonian route to Granton in June 1978. The line is seen here running down the gradient from Breakwater Junction towards Granton Square and ...
Bill Roberton /06/1978
The climb from Granton Harbour up to Breakwater Junction in April 2002 with the former Caledonian goods depot on the left and Granton Square behind ...
John Furnevel 27/04/2002