Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)

Introduction

This line is closed. After closure to passengers the station was retained for a while as a DMU maintenance depot.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


London Road to Leith Central

This was a three way double track junction. No railway remains in use here today.
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The plan seems to be to develop every last square metre of the Lochend Butterfly (https://maps.nls.uk/view/130075185 - it's even got a street named ...
David Panton 28/07/2018
A shot of the curve to Easter Road from a passing DMU in 1986. I don't know if the main line turnout was still connected. I have a shot from a year ...
Bill Roberton //1986
47663 passes the dismantled turnout for Easter Road as it passes London Road Junction in 1987 with a diverted (because of ECML electrification work) ...
Bill Roberton //1987
London Road Junction. With Abbeyhill station behind, the line to Granton (left) and to Lochend Junction (right). Just off to the right the line ...
Ewan Crawford 12/06/1989

This junction was south of Leith Central and controlled the approaches to the terminus from London Road Junction [Edinburgh] to the west and Lochend South Junction to the east. Both lines were double track and were opened with the terminus.
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This bridge over the closed Powderhall branch is modern, but is on the same site as the rail bridge carrying the Leith Central branch between London ...
David Panton 23/03/2019
The area once occupied by the complex of lines north of Abbeyhill has been
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David Panton 02/01/2018

This was a single platform halt on the Leith Central double track line, used for arrivals only for excursion trains run for football matches at Easter Road Stadium. The halt was east of the stadium. Departures left from Abbeyhill, west of the stadium.
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The curve of the Leith Central branch at the site of the short-lived (and seldom used) Easter Road Park Halt is called Lochend Butterfly Way. ...
David Panton 23/03/2019
The gentle curve of Lochend Butterfly Way follows the course of the Leith Central branch through the site of short-lived Easter Road Park Halt (for ...
David Panton 20/04/2018
On a dull day in October 1970 a two car dmu makes its way past Easter Road Park Halt on its way to Leith Central. ...
Douglas Blades 27/10/1970
View towards Abbeyhill Junction from the site of Easter Road Park Halt on 31 October 2009 ...
David Panton 31/10/2009


Leith Central closed in 1952 and it was redeveloped, in 1959, as Leith Central Diesel Depot. British Railways assigned the code 64H.
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Leith Central was a large four platform terminus with a glazed roof fronting Leith Walk, at the foot of the Walk.
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'The Opening of Leith Central', a photo mural in the newly relocated doctors' surgery in the old station building. Notice that they've had to reverse ...
David Panton 07/08/2017
The signal box at Leith Central in 1971, by which time the station was a diesel depot. The box had closed in 1966 and was probably in use as a bothy. ...
Bill Roberton //1971
'There was a young lady from Leith...' - or in this case three - strolling up Leith Walk together on 8 October 2007 past the remains of Leith ...
John Furnevel 08/10/2007
Leith Walk Doctors' Surgery has just moved into fine new premises of on both floors of the old station building. Here are the murals in the ground ...
David Panton 07/08/2017




Lochend North Junction to Lochend South Junction

This junction was south of Leith Central and controlled the approaches to the terminus from London Road Junction [Edinburgh] to the west and Lochend South Junction to the east. Both lines were double track and were opened with the terminus.
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This bridge over the closed Powderhall branch is modern, but is on the same site as the rail bridge carrying the Leith Central branch between London ...
David Panton 23/03/2019
The area once occupied by the complex of lines north of Abbeyhill has been
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David Panton 02/01/2018

This junction opened in 1888 with the curve from London Road Junction. This provided a secondary route from Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction and on to Portobello East Junction, thus quadrupling the route.
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View from a DMU diverted over the Abbeyhill Loop because of ECML electrification work. The train is heading east towards Lochend Junction and this ...
Bill Roberton //1986
The signal box of the onetime Lochend South Junction, later Lochend Junction, would have occupied the centre of this picture, with double tracks in ...
David Panton 20/04/2018
View from Marionville Road in 1986 showing Lochend Junction, with the lifted chord to Leith Central veering right. The formerly rail-served Redpath ...
Bill Roberton //1986
Seen from the BLS Lothians & Fife Wanderer on 23 August 1980. Passing the former Lochend Junction with the trackbed of the chord to Leith Central ...
Bill Roberton 23/08/1980