Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)

Introduction

This is part of the Borders Railway (Network Rail).



This short section of new line runs from Newcraighall South Junction (end of a short reversing spur from Newcraighall North Junction) south as a double track to King's Gate Points.



The line runs through the site of the Monktonhall Colliery and passes to the west of Millerhill and the largely closed Millerhill Marshalling Yard.



This is not the first re-alignment in this area. The Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway was re-aligned on the opening of the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway). It could even be argued that the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway was a re-alignment of the Edmonston Waggonway built to carry coal from the Edmonston Colliery to a railhead at Little France, for Edinburgh.



The new route could equally be known as the Shawfair Deviation.

Why built

This short section of new line enabled the re-opening of the Borders Railway. In particular it provided a new crossing under the Edinburgh city Bypass as the solum of the original route was crossed on a long diagonal by the road.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is the northern end of a loop which runs south as far as King's Gate Junction passing through Shawfair station.
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A southbound train on the Borders Railway approaching the double track section at Newcraighall South Junction on 3 November 2017. ...
John Furnevel 03/11/2017
A five coach Edinburgh bound train running north between Newcraighall South and Newcraighall North Junctions on Sunday 28 April 2019. In the ...
John Furnevel 28/04/2019
A southbound train on the Borders line emerges from below Whitehill Road bridge on the morning of 28 April 2019. Just off picture to the right is ...
John Furnevel 28/04/2019
ScotRail 170432 about to run onto the first of the double track sections of the Borders Railway at Newcraighall South Junction on the morning of 17 ...
John Furnevel 17/02/2019

This is a two platform station on the Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail), a new section of line required for the re-opening of the railway between Edinburgh (Newcraighall) and Tweedbank, south of Galashiels.
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… to what? It seems to be inviting you to live elsewhere. Anyway, an endearingly idealistic view of a future Shawfair with a cafe society, an ...
David Panton 02/03/2020
A Tweedbank service calls at Shawfair on 19 February 2020. Nobody got on or off but this is not unusual, during the day anyway. So much for 3 cars as ...
David Panton 19/02/2020
The 0911 (Sunday) Edinburgh - Tweedbank leaving Shawfair on 15 April 2018, while on the other side of the footbridge the 0845 Tweedbank - Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 15/04/2018
An Edinburgh service approaches Shawfair on 24 April 2019. I don't know what happened to the Class-170s-as-standard, promised months ago. In the ...
David Panton 24/04/2019

A Borders Railway 158 bound for Tweedbank about to pass south below the bridge carrying the Edinburgh City Bypass on a wet and windy January morning ...
John Furnevel 24/01/2016
A Linlithgow - Tweedbank steam special emerges from below the Edinburgh City Bypass on 20 August 2017 hauled by Black 5 44871. ...
John Furnevel 20/08/2017
A northbound service on the Borders Railway about to pass below the Edinburgh City Bypass on 28 February 2016. The train is the 1031 ex Tweedbank, ...
John Furnevel 28/02/2016
All quiet at the works site near Sheriffhall on the Edinburgh City Bypass on 18 September 2013. All preparatory work has now been completed to enable ...
John Furnevel 18/09/2013

This location is not a true junction, but rather the site of a double track line becoming single on its way south. The north end of the loop is at Newcraighall South Junction (also not a true junction).
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A Tweedbank service as about the enter the (rather limiting) single track section to Fushiebridge at King's Gate on 6 July 2018. As it happens this is ...
David Panton 06/07/2018
The Sunday morning 0911 ex-Waverley about to cross the Dead Burn on 29 April 2018 during its journey south to Tweedbank. The train is approaching ...
John Furnevel 29/04/2018
The rain has stopped and the autumn sun is attempting to break through at Sheriffhall on the morning of 24 November 2019. The 6-car 158 combination ...
John Furnevel 24/11/2019
The early Sunday morning Borders Railway service from Tweedbank heads north in light rain on 24 March 2019. The 6-car 170 combination is seen here ...
John Furnevel 24/03/2019

This short lived station replaced Sheriffhall [1st]. It was probably located to the south side of the A6106 overbridge and opened with the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).
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A Sunday morning service on the Borders Railway approaching Kings Gate Points from the south on a misty 24 November 2019. The train is approximately ...
John Furnevel 24/11/2019
A Sunday morning service on the Borders Railway seen midway between the Eskbank and Shawfair stops on 28 May 2017. The 6-car 170 combination is ...
John Furnevel 18/05/2017
A northbound train on the Borders line midway between Eskbank and Shawfair on 29 April 2018, with more than a hint of spring in the air. The train ...
John Furnevel 29/04/2018
Approaching the end of the single line section from Fushiebridge at Kings Gate on 28 May 2017 is the 6-car 0845 Tweedbank - Edinburgh. ...
John Furnevel 28/05/2017