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 4-car 158 set, seen shortly after restarting from Newcraighall station with a train for Tweedbank on 15 May 2016. The train is emerging from below ...
John Furnevel 15/05/2016
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 between Newcraighall South and Newcraighall North Junctions on Sunday 28 April 2019. In the background are ...
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
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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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Borders Railway (Network Rail)
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
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
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
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
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The works site at Sheriffhall is deserted on a Sunday morning ten days before Christmas 2013. The ^concrete box^ through which trains on the Borders ...
John Furnevel 15/12/2013
A southbound train on the Borders Railway emerges from below the Edinburgh City Bypass and approaches Kings Gate Points on 28 May 2017. ...
John Furnevel 28/05/2017
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
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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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Black 5 44871 runs south through Kings Gate points on 20 August 2017 with a Linlithgow - Tweedbank steam special. ...
John Furnevel 20/08/2017
Black 5 44871 about to run south through Kings Gate points on 20 August 2017 with the 0843 steam special ex-Linlithgow heading for Tweedbank. ...
John Furnevel 20/08/2017
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
About to cross the Dead Burn (a tributary of the North Esk) on the approach to Kings Gate points on Sunday 28 May 2017 is ScotRail 170409 forming the ...
John Furnevel 28/05/2017
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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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Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
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
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