Lothian Lines (North British Railway)

Introduction

The Lothian Lines are now entirely closed with the exception of;
- a very short section over the River Esk at Monktonhall Junction where the East Coast Main Line has been diverted onto the southern of two bridges
- the former line serving Meadows Yard between King's Road Junction and Meadows Box [2nd].

These lines were built to relieve the traffic problems (particularly coal from mines) between Leith, Portobello, Niddrie and Monktonhall Junction.

Much of the system was single track with the exception of double track lines in Seafield and from Wanton Walls Junction to Monktonhall Junction.

The system also included Craigentinny Meadows Yard (near Seafield), the replacement of a level crossing at Seafield with a bridge over the existing and new lines, a connection from Meadows Yard to the Caley system, expansion of NBR sidings at Seafield, and sidings for the Lady Victoria Colliery.

A planned connection from the Caledonian Railway^s Seafield line to the Leith Central line was not built.

With Leith South Yard and the new Millerhill Marshalling Yard working together the closure of many of the Lothian Lines in 1967 is surprising. Their closure is perhaps a measure of the huge decline in traffic through Portobello East Junction.

Why built

Such was the volume of traffic passing through that nexus of the North British Railway east of Edinburgh, Portobello East Junction, that there were considerable delays to coal traffic from the Lothian mines to Leith, priority being given to the East Coast Main Line. Coal mine owners were going to promote their own independent route to the docks and the Caledonian Railway might be courted as part of this. Thus, grudgingly, the North British Railway was forced to build a duplicate system of lines in competition with their own existing system of lines - the new railways being the Lothian Lines.

Leith Imperial Dock had opened in 1898 and, with this new line, it was to be served with more sorting sidings at Leith South Yard and marshalling sidings at Meadows Yard.






Dates

  /  /1913Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
New Lothian Lines authorised, particularly as relief lines for colliery traffic. Railways Nos 2 to 12 and the South Leith Branch connection were not to be used for passenger traffic. The Lothian colliery owners were given the power to provide their own wagons and North British not obliged to provide wagons where the colliery uses its own wagons. In addition further sidings were authorised at Granton and the Caledonian Railway authorised to have facilities.
  /  /1915Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
Opened.
  /  /1916Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
Additional sidings at Granton Harbour authorised. Caledonian Railway's access to sidings authorised in 1913 (as part of the Lothian Lines) repealed.

Route described

The railway authorised consisted of a series of linking lines, not a continuous line of railway, chiefly giving access to South Leith from the Waverley Route, East Coast Main Line, Macmerry branch and Suburban line. See full description below.


Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Railway No. 1

This curve was not built. It was to be a south (junction with the Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)) to east (junction with the Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway). It would have given access to Seafield from the Easter Road lines.




Railway No. 2

This double line from Leith South Yard to Meadows Box [2nd] was on the north side of the existing line and would quadruple the line from the yard to Meadows.

This marshalling yard was developed to the north of the South Leith branch to the east of the station on reclaimed land. The yard served the Leith Docks. It is approached from the east, from Portobello, and fans out over a wide area between Seafield Road and Marine Esplanade.
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Loading pipes onto road transport - Leith South yard - 11 April 2005. ...
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Road entrance to Leith South yard from Albert Road - April 2004. ...
John Furnevel 28/04/2004
Pipes being unloaded on the north side of Leith South yard - 11 April 2005. ...
John Furnevel 11/04/2005
Pipes in the south sidings at Leith South yard on 11 April 2005. The pipes had been produced in Hartlepool and were coated at Leith prior to use in ...
John Furnevel 11/04/2005
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Seafield Junction was at the Marine Esplanade Level Crossing (now called Seafield Level Crossing).
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Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
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
Leith South - Millerhill departmental service stopped at signals on 9 July stands alongside Seafield Road. ...
John Furnevel 09/07/2007
Looking towards the docks from Seafield level crossing on 18th June 2020. Looking very NIRU if not OOU. ...
David Panton 18/06/2020
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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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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Railway No. 3

This was the double track connection to the Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway), south of Seafield Viaduct, from Meadows Yard. It ran from Seafield Road Junction to Meadows Junction.

This junction was at the south end of the Caledonian Railway^s Seafield Viaduct which crossed Seafield Road and the east end of the North British Railway^s Seafield Yard by Seafield Junction [NB].
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Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
There was once a confusion of lines in the Seafield area of Leith; this location was near (but not directly connected to) Seafield Road Junction. The ...
David Panton 07/11/2019
Looking south in December 2004 at the remaining abutment of the bridge across Seafield Street which carried the NBR line on its way up from Meadows ...
John Furnevel 10/12/2004
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This junction was at the north end of Meadows Yard. The line ran south from here into the yard. To the north it divided into two double track lines with the more southerly line running to meet the Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway) at Seafield Road Junction and the other running to Meadows Box [2nd].
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A coal train for Cockenzie leaves Leith Docks via South Leith yard and emerges from the bridge under Seafield Road in February 2006. The train is on ...
John Furnevel 07/02/2006
A look east along the South Leith Branch to the point where it went under Seafield Road at the location of Meadows box. Meadows Junction was in the ...
David Panton 07/05/2020
On a cold February morning in 2006, with mist hanging over the Forth, EWS 66028 brings a trainload of imported coal from Leith Docks below Seafield ...
John Furnevel 07/02/2006
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Railway No. 4

A short double track line ran from the existing South Leith branch at Meadows Box [2nd] to the new lines at Meadows Junction.

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 junction was at the north end of Meadows Yard. The line ran south from here into the yard. To the north it divided into two double track lines with the more southerly line running to meet the Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway) at Seafield Road Junction and the other running to Meadows Box [2nd].
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A coal train for Cockenzie leaves Leith Docks via South Leith yard and emerges from the bridge under Seafield Road in February 2006. The train is on ...
John Furnevel 07/02/2006
A look east along the South Leith Branch to the point where it went under Seafield Road at the location of Meadows box. Meadows Junction was in the ...
David Panton 07/05/2020
On a cold February morning in 2006, with mist hanging over the Forth, EWS 66028 brings a trainload of imported coal from Leith Docks below Seafield ...
John Furnevel 07/02/2006
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Railway No. 5

This was a very short section of double track between Meadows Junction and Meadows Yard.

This junction was at the north end of Meadows Yard. The line ran south from here into the yard. To the north it divided into two double track lines with the more southerly line running to meet the Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway) at Seafield Road Junction and the other running to Meadows Box [2nd].
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A coal train for Cockenzie leaves Leith Docks via South Leith yard and emerges from the bridge under Seafield Road in February 2006. The train is on ...
John Furnevel 07/02/2006
A look east along the South Leith Branch to the point where it went under Seafield Road at the location of Meadows box. Meadows Junction was in the ...
David Panton 07/05/2020
On a cold February morning in 2006, with mist hanging over the Forth, EWS 66028 brings a trainload of imported coal from Leith Docks below Seafield ...
John Furnevel 07/02/2006
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This yard was on the Lothian Lines (North British Railway) close to Seafield and South Leith. It was also known as Craigentinny Meadows Yard. It was built on undeveloped land south west of South Leith.
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Looking east towards the former Meadows Yard from Fillyside Road in April 2004. The location is now a neighbourhood nature area see image 6697. ...
John Furnevel 26/04/2004
EWS 66028 passing through the former Meadows Yard eastbound in February 2006 with imported coal from Leith Docks heading for Cockenzie power station. ...
John Furnevel 07/02/2006
The enthusiast #1. A young Craig Seath observes activity in Meadows Yard, between Leith Docks and Potobello, around 1963. View is from ...
Craig Seath Collection //1963
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Railway No. 6

This line comprised both Meadows Yard and the double track line to Kings Road Junction.

This yard was on the Lothian Lines (North British Railway) close to Seafield and South Leith. It was also known as Craigentinny Meadows Yard. It was built on undeveloped land south west of South Leith.
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Looking east towards the former Meadows Yard from Fillyside Road in April 2004. The location is now a neighbourhood nature area see image 6697. ...
John Furnevel 26/04/2004
EWS 66028 passing through the former Meadows Yard eastbound in February 2006 with imported coal from Leith Docks heading for Cockenzie power station. ...
John Furnevel 07/02/2006
The enthusiast #1. A young Craig Seath observes activity in Meadows Yard, between Leith Docks and Potobello, around 1963. View is from ...
Craig Seath Collection //1963
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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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Edinburgh and Dalkeith 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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Railway No. 7

This was the principal part of the line with which most would associate it - a long single track line from South Leith Junction to Brunstane Park Junction (later Niddrie North of the Lothian Lines) to Wanton Walls Junction which bypassed the busy Portobello East Junction. But it also incorporated the double track section from Wanton Wells Junction to Monktonhall Junction. From a double track junction at South Leith Junction it ran round the north of Portobello Yard, crossed the North British Railway main line just west of Joppa station, then crossed the Waverley Route, before crossing over Niddrie North Junction overhead (where it had its equivalent Brunstane Park Junction), then to Wanton Walls Junction where the existing Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway line was modified to not make the Niddrie East Junction connection but to continue, as a double line to Monktonhall Junction where the Macmerry branch was joined. A connection to the main line was also made - see railway no 12.

In 1858 a curve was opened from the 1846 North British Railway to the South Leith branch of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.
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North British Railway
A consignment of Russian coal on its way from Leith Docks to Cockenzie PS in April 2007. EWS 66059 is climbing from the site of South Leith Junction ...
John Furnevel 13/04/2007
A North Berwick train bound for Waverley speeds through Portobello on the ECML in March 2007 as an EWS class 66 with imported Russian coal climbs the ...
John Furnevel 22/03/2007
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This junction opened with the Lothian Lines (North British Railway). Here three single track lines from the south, one from Niddrie West Junction, one from Niddrie South Junction and the other from Wanton Walls Junction met. These then ran north, as a single track, to South Leith Junction.
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Course of the Lothian Lines ^main^ line seen looking north on the approach to Niddrie North Junction. There was no level crossing here as the street ...
David Panton 23/04/2020
A look north west along the course of the Lothian Lines ^main^ line. Wanton Walls junction was behind me, Niddrie North was (and is) ahead. The tarred ...
David Panton 08/04/2020
The single line between Niddrie North and Wanton Walls Junction see image 1404 originally passed through open countryside. Nowadays, in addition ...
John Furnevel 15/07/2018
You really need a map to make sense of the confusion of
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David Panton 30/10/2010
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This was the junction between the single track line from Niddrie North Junction [Lothian Lines] (originally Brunstane Park Junction) and an altered double track connection to the line west to Niddrie West Junction. Both then ran south east as a double track to Monktonhall Junction to meet the Dalkeith Branch and a connection to the East Coast Main Line. All three lines were ...

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Both bridge abutments immediately to the north of the junction remain; here is the northern one seen on 8 April 2020. Wanton Walls farmstead has ...
David Panton 08/04/2020
The derelict footbridge that once crossed the trackbed of the NB Niddrie West - Monktonhall Junction direct freight route, seen from the fenced off ...
John Furnevel 27/06/2010
The already complex arrangement of lines to the east of Edinburgh was complicated still further in 1915 with the advent of the Lothian Lines. These ...
John Furnevel 05/07/2018
Looking south along a lane off Newcraighall Road, Edinburgh. The bridge abutments are of the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway^s ...
Bill Roberton //1975
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This junction has had several different layouts and refers to several slightly different locations. The original junction was for the Macmerry Branch (North British Railway) the present version is between the East Coast Main Line (former North British Railway) and line to Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways).
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North British Railway
Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
A northbound cement train photographed shortly after turning west off the ECML at Monktonhall Junction on 19 July 2018. GBRf 66736 is on the 1961 BR ...
John Furnevel 19/07/2018
View south east towards Monktonhall Junction in 1999, taken from the trackbed of the NB Lothian Lines route to Wanton Walls Junction. The ECML is on ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
View of Monktonhall Junction from eastbound (and with somewhat dirty windows) DMU. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
View from a diverted North Berwick-bound DMU. Looking west in 1989 along, on the left, the disused trackbed of the Lothian Lines line from Monktonhall ...
Bill Roberton //1989
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Railway No. 8

This was a short double track section between the goods lines at Portobello West Junction ([North British Railway]] main line) and South Leith Junction (Lothian Lines). It allowed trains from the west to take to the south without fouling Portobello East Junction. It also allowed trains from the south to take the goods lines to the west without crossing the passenger lines and bypassing Portobello Yard.

This was the junction between the North British Railway main line and its short connecting curve which ran north to meet the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway^s South Leith branch. The curve allowed trains from the east to join the branch and vice versa. It was opened to the west of Portobello [2nd] station.
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North British Railway
New Portobello Station (North British Railway)
Portobello Yard (North British Railway)
A complete load of rubbish. A full complement of compacted refuse containers from Powderhall eastbound through Portobello in August 2011 en route to ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2011
The Monday morning ^Binliner^ crossing Baileyfield Road on the ECML through Portobello on 1 August 2011. DBS 67027 is hauling a full complement ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2011
A class 322 runs west past Portobello Junction on 1 August 2011 with the 10.36 North Berwick - Edinburgh Waverley service. The train has just passed ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2011
On the south side of the ECML between Portobello Station and Craigentinny Sidings, in an elevated position above Baileyfield Road, stood Portobello ...
Bill Jamieson 22/11/1970
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In 1858 a curve was opened from the 1846 North British Railway to the South Leith branch of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.
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North British Railway
A consignment of Russian coal on its way from Leith Docks to Cockenzie PS in April 2007. EWS 66059 is climbing from the site of South Leith Junction ...
John Furnevel 13/04/2007
A North Berwick train bound for Waverley speeds through Portobello on the ECML in March 2007 as an EWS class 66 with imported Russian coal climbs the ...
John Furnevel 22/03/2007
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Railway No. 9

This short single track curve ran from Brunstane Park Junction to Niddrie West Junction. This have access to the west via the Suburban line and Niddrie Yard was located here, the precursor to the Millerhill Marshalling Yard.

This junction opened with the Lothian Lines (North British Railway). Here three single track lines from the south, one from Niddrie West Junction, one from Niddrie South Junction and the other from Wanton Walls Junction met. These then ran north, as a single track, to South Leith Junction.
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Course of the Lothian Lines ^main^ line seen looking north on the approach to Niddrie North Junction. There was no level crossing here as the street ...
David Panton 23/04/2020
A look north west along the course of the Lothian Lines ^main^ line. Wanton Walls junction was behind me, Niddrie North was (and is) ahead. The tarred ...
David Panton 08/04/2020
The single line between Niddrie North and Wanton Walls Junction see image 1404 originally passed through open countryside. Nowadays, in addition ...
John Furnevel 15/07/2018
You really need a map to make sense of the confusion of
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David Panton 30/10/2010
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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 and Dalkeith Railway
Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction 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
The empty stock which will form the Sunday 0944 Edinburgh - London Kings Cross about to negotiate Niddrie West Junction on 15 September 2019. The ...
John Furnevel 15/09/2019
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
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Railway No. 10

This short connection ran from Brunstane Park Junction to a location north of Niddrie South Junction (saving on building a bridge to cross the Suburban Niddrie West Junction to the new Wanton Wells Junction alignment).

This junction opened with the Lothian Lines (North British Railway). Here three single track lines from the south, one from Niddrie West Junction, one from Niddrie South Junction and the other from Wanton Walls Junction met. These then ran north, as a single track, to South Leith Junction.
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Course of the Lothian Lines ^main^ line seen looking north on the approach to Niddrie North Junction. There was no level crossing here as the street ...
David Panton 23/04/2020
A look north west along the course of the Lothian Lines ^main^ line. Wanton Walls junction was behind me, Niddrie North was (and is) ahead. The tarred ...
David Panton 08/04/2020
The single line between Niddrie North and Wanton Walls Junction see image 1404 originally passed through open countryside. Nowadays, in addition ...
John Furnevel 15/07/2018
You really need a map to make sense of the confusion of
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David Panton 30/10/2010
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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 Dalkeith Railway
Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways)
Grab shot from a Waverley - Newcraighall train crossing a bridge on the approach to Niddrie South Junction (100m to the left) on 9 August 2013. View ...
John Furnevel 09/08/2013
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
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Railway No. 11

This was a short re-alignment at the new Wanton Wells Junction of the existing Niddrie West Junction to Niddrie East Junction alignment of the [[Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway (running on the solum of the earlier Fisherrow branch of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. Around here the Suburban turned south to meet the North British Railway main line at Niddrie East Junction. This was now altered to use Railway No 7 to run to Monktonhall Junction. The near Wanton Wells Junction alignment to Niddrie East Junction was abandoned.

This was the junction between the single track line from Niddrie North Junction [Lothian Lines] (originally Brunstane Park Junction) and an altered double track connection to the line west to Niddrie West Junction. Both then ran south east as a double track to Monktonhall Junction to meet the Dalkeith Branch and a connection to the East Coast Main Line. All three lines were ...

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Both bridge abutments immediately to the north of the junction remain; here is the northern one seen on 8 April 2020. Wanton Walls farmstead has ...
David Panton 08/04/2020
The derelict footbridge that once crossed the trackbed of the NB Niddrie West - Monktonhall Junction direct freight route, seen from the fenced off ...
John Furnevel 27/06/2010
The already complex arrangement of lines to the east of Edinburgh was complicated still further in 1915 with the advent of the Lothian Lines. These ...
John Furnevel 05/07/2018
Looking south along a lane off Newcraighall Road, Edinburgh. The bridge abutments are of the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway^s ...
Bill Roberton //1975
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Railway No. 12

This was a new connection to the west of the existing Monktonhall Junction (and the viaduct over the Esk). This gave an approach to the North British Railway from Wanton Walls Junction.

This junction has had several different layouts and refers to several slightly different locations. The original junction was for the Macmerry Branch (North British Railway) the present version is between the East Coast Main Line (former North British Railway) and line to Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways).
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North British Railway
Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)
A northbound cement train photographed shortly after turning west off the ECML at Monktonhall Junction on 19 July 2018. GBRf 66736 is on the 1961 BR ...
John Furnevel 19/07/2018
View south east towards Monktonhall Junction in 1999, taken from the trackbed of the NB Lothian Lines route to Wanton Walls Junction. The ECML is on ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
View of Monktonhall Junction from eastbound (and with somewhat dirty windows) DMU. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
View from a diverted North Berwick-bound DMU. Looking west in 1989 along, on the left, the disused trackbed of the Lothian Lines line from Monktonhall ...
Bill Roberton //1989
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Railway No. 13

This was a new connection for the Lady Victoria Pit. It ran from north of Brewers Bridge down the east side of the Waverley Route to reversing spur south of the bridge. This was the pit^s northern access, via the headshunts and a change of direction.

Lady Victoria Pit was served by a large yard and sidings warranting their own signal box. A major expansion of the Newbattle Colliery led to a new connection and exchange sidings being laid out on the east side of the Waverley Route. The whole scheme was built on a grand scale and included the new village of Newtongrange, to the north. The pit was named for Lady Victoria Alexandrina, wife ...

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Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Lady Victoria Colliery (Newbattle Collieries)
The 0947 (Sunday) Tweedbank - Edinburgh approaching Newtongrange on 16 August 2019. The train is about to run below the B704 road bridge and past the ...
John Furnevel 16/08/2020
ScotRail 158720 heads south on the Borders Railway shortly after restarting from Newtongrange on 1 November 2018. The train is the 0955 Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 01/11/2018
A 4-car DMU on a Tweedbank – Edinburgh service about to pass below the bridge carrying the B704 road as it approaches the Newtongrange stop on 9 ...
John Furnevel 09/07/2017
The 1045 (Sunday) Tweedbank - Edinburgh approaching the Newtongrange stop on 16 February 2020. The train is passing a point where industrial sites now ...
John Furnevel 16/02/2020
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Railway No. 14

This was the southern approach to the Lady Victoria Pit. A connection from south of Brewers Bridge ran to join railway 13, forming a loop on the east side of the Waverley Route. Railway 13 and 14 allowing access to the pit from either direction.

Lady Victoria Pit was served by a large yard and sidings warranting their own signal box. A major expansion of the Newbattle Colliery led to a new connection and exchange sidings being laid out on the east side of the Waverley Route. The whole scheme was built on a grand scale and included the new village of Newtongrange, to the north. The pit was named for Lady Victoria Alexandrina, wife ...

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Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Lady Victoria Colliery (Newbattle Collieries)
The 0947 (Sunday) Tweedbank - Edinburgh approaching Newtongrange on 16 August 2019. The train is about to run below the B704 road bridge and past the ...
John Furnevel 16/08/2020
ScotRail 158720 heads south on the Borders Railway shortly after restarting from Newtongrange on 1 November 2018. The train is the 0955 Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 01/11/2018
A 4-car DMU on a Tweedbank – Edinburgh service about to pass below the bridge carrying the B704 road as it approaches the Newtongrange stop on 9 ...
John Furnevel 09/07/2017
The 1045 (Sunday) Tweedbank - Edinburgh approaching the Newtongrange stop on 16 February 2020. The train is passing a point where industrial sites now ...
John Furnevel 16/02/2020
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Additional sidings

The Act also authorised several sidings, including some additional sidings in Fife and at Granton to which the Caledonian Railway was to be granted facilities (repealed in 1916).