Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

This line provided a service from the docks at Granton Harbour to Granton Junction (in the Haymarket are of Edinburgh) where it joined a line running to the main line of the Caledonian Railway. The line was developed jointly by the Caledonian and Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch, (across whose estate the line ran). The Dukes portion was later bought by the Caledonian.






Dates

  /  /1846Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Act for Caledonian Railway branch from Slateford to Granton rejected by Government.
  /  /1847Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Authorised. Not proceeded with at this time.
  /  /1857Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line authorised from Edinburgh to Granton with a line to south side of the harbour and to the western breajwater. The line was initially owned jointly by Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch, and the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1858Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Construction begins.
  /  /1860Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Wester Dalry Branch linking the Caledonian Railway to the Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) authorised.
28/08/1861Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened to minerals and goods from Edinburgh to both Granton High Goods and Granton Western Breakwater.
07/08/1862Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Crew Junction (Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Leith North Goods and the Leith Western Docks authorised. Agreement with Leith Dock Commissioners. Includes Pilton Junction Branch (Pilton Junction West to Pilton Junction East).
  /  /1863Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
The Caledonian Railway buys the portion of the line owned by Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch.
  /  /1863Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Doubling authorised.
01/09/1864Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Junction [Edinburgh] to Coltbridge Junction (Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
01/09/1864Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened to goods between Dalry Junction [Edinburgh] (Caledonian Railway) and Coltbridge Junction (Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)).
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. Granton Junction to Crew Junction to Newhaven Junction opened to passengers. 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)
Edinburgh Princes Street (Dalry Middle Junction) to Leith North passenger service withdrawn. Craigleith, Murrayfield, Granton Road, Newhaven and Leith North closed.
  /  /1964Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Middle Junction (excluded) to Coltbridge Junction (excluded) closed.
21/06/1965Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Murrayfield goods closed.
02/08/1965Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Crew Junction (excluded) to Pilton West Junction (for the Granton Gasworks) (excluded) closed.
04/09/1967Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Junction (excluded) to Coltbridge Junction to Crew Junction to Newhaven Junction (excluded) closed.
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.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Granton Junction to Breakwater Junction

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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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
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This is a an unusually ornate disused double track girder bridge which crosses over Roseburn Terrace just to the south of the former Murrayfield station. The line closed to passengers in 1962. Today the bridge carries a footpath.
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This bridge over the A8 carried the CR Leith branch just south of Murrayfield station. Lions from the Caledonian^s crest bookend some more inclusive ...
David Panton 23/06/2020
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
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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
Intriguing works at the site of Murrayfield Station have exposed the approach to the goods yard to better view. The van is parked on the vehicle ...
David Panton 11/05/2016
The foot of the stairway that led to the Leith-bound platform of Murrayfield station on Roseburn Terrace, Edinburgh, photographed on 10 October 2009. ...
David Panton 10/10/2009
McIntosh ex-Caledonian 3F 0-6-0 no 57550 makes a photostop at Murrayfield on 3 February 1962 with the SLS Peebles Railtour. ...
David Stewart 03/02/1962
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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
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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
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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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Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
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
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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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Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Detail from an information board on the CR Leith branch walkway. The photo-in-photo shows the southern end of Crew yard, and looks north towards the ...
David Panton 09/10/2020
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
Site of the sidings immediately east of Crew Junction. That rusty (lighting?) pole may be a remnant of the yard. Incidentally those sinister-looking ...
David Panton 08/05/2020
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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
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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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This view of 9th April 2020 looks towards Granton High Goods; Breakwater Junction was somewhere behind me, though the exact location has been ...
David Panton 09/04/2020
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
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Granton Western Breakwater

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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This view of 9th April 2020 looks towards Granton High Goods; Breakwater Junction was somewhere behind me, though the exact location has been ...
David Panton 09/04/2020
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
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The western breakwater protected Granton Harbour, to the east. At the north end of the breakwater was the Granton Esparto Wharf.
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A look along Granton harbour^s Western Breakwater which once once had a line running along its substantial length to serve Granton Esparto Wharf ...
David Panton 16/04/2020
Barclay 0-4-0 no D2413 moving wagonloads of esparto grass away from the dockside at Granton in February 1970.
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Bill Jamieson /02/1970
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This wharf was at the end of Granton Western Breakwater, on its south (ie harbour) side. Esparto grass was imported here for paper mills. At the south end of the breakwater was a tight north to west curve which allowed trains to run east to Granton and Trinity [2nd] before continuing to the east of Edinburgh.
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View towards the end of the Western Breakwater at Granton showing the remaining rail (yes, just one.) There were in fact four tracks here; the ...
David Panton 06/06/2020
A look along the Western Breakwater at Granton. The view is southwest, so inland. Note the solitary remaining rail, the telegraph pole and what I take ...
David Panton 06/06/2020
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Granton High Goods

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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This view of 9th April 2020 looks towards Granton High Goods; Breakwater Junction was somewhere behind me, though the exact location has been ...
David Panton 09/04/2020
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
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This Caledonian Railway goods yard was on the graded line which dropped down from Breakwater Junction (to the west) to Granton Square where exchange was had with the North British Railway close to Granton station.
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The CR’s goods building at Granton seems to still be in good shape and is in use by a long-established local firm. A line continued past the right ...
David Panton 09/04/2020
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
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