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.

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
ScotRail 170395 has just cleared Whitehill Road Bridge shortly after restarting from Newcraighall station on 5 November 2017. The 1011 Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 05/11/2017
'Recycling corner' at the former Millerhill marshalling yard, with the Biogen food waste plant in the foreground and the now operational Edinburgh & ...
John Furnevel 17/02/2019
Running through Newcraighall South Junction onto the single line section on 22 January 2017 is the rainsoaked ScotRail 0945 Tweedbank - Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 22/01/2017

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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The well gritted, salted and deserted platforms of Shawfair station, looking north on a cold and frosty morning in February 2019. The train just ...
John Furnevel 10/02/2019
A Borders Railway service heads south from Shawfair on 6 July. The isolation is obvious. The first houses in the Shawfair development will be ready ...
David Panton 06/07/2018
The first trains of the day in each direction on the Borders Railway cross at Shawfair station on Sunday 4 August 2017. View south from the road ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2017
ScotRail 158730 on the front of a 4-car set leaving Shawfair southbound on 3 July 2016 with a morning service to Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 03/07/2016

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
The 'tunnel' that will take the Borders Railway under the Edinburgh city by-pass, seen here on 2 June 2014. Work on restoring the original A720 road ...
John Furnevel 02/06/2014

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 possible site of Sheriffhall Station looking towards Millerhill and Edinburgh. The original alignment was to the left of the view here with a ...
Ewan Crawford //1997

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 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
A 158 Borders Railway crew training trip approaching Kings Gate points on 24 July 2015 at the northern end of the single line section from ...
John Furnevel 24/07/2015
The Waverley trackbed in June 2014 looking south from the A6106 bridge towards Eskbank. [See image 38706] ...
John Furnevel 22/06/2014