Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways)

Introduction

This marshalling yard and the Monktonhall Curve are still open. The marshalling yard has, however, been drastically cut back from its 1960s size and very little of it remains in use. Further the lines which led south to Carlisle are now closed. This yard was built by British Railways in the 1960s as a result of the 1950s modernisation scheme.



Much of the former down yard and site of the Monktonhall Colliery is due for re-development as a new housing estate. A council recycling centre has been opened at the north end of the former down yard.



The MPD site, and some of the up sorting sidings, have been taken over for a new EGIP train depot.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Up Yard

From Niddrie South Junction to Millerhill Junction.

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
26024 heads for Millerhill Yard near Niddrie South Junction. ...
Bill Roberton //1975

An unidentified Class 08 shunts the tip at the north end of Millerhill Yard in 2000.
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Bill Roberton //2000
The ballast siding at Millerhill in October 2004 [see image 3447]. ...
John Furnevel 06/10/2004
Work in progress thought to be in connection with the new ScotRail electric train depot at Millerhill on 15 December 2016 (?). View is north west from ...
John Furnevel 15/12/2016
08730 draws empty wagons out of the spent ballast dump, located on the former Up Arrivals part of Millerhill Yard in 1989. In time this would be ...
Bill Roberton //1989


Up Yard opened 1962. Closed to regular traffic 1969 with Waverley Route and given over to departmental traffic. Traffic all transferred to Down Yard. Up arrival sidings and north end of sorting sidings (ie hump, splitting and retarders) out of use 1973 and lifted over some time. One arrival siding appears to have remained in place until disconnected around 1983 (closure of Down Yard at same time). ...

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The wagon works a the south end of Millerhill Up Yard seen around 1985.
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Bill Roberton //1985

Confusingly Millerhill South Junction is north of Millerhill Junction.
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My first photo of a 66... 66050 parked in the headshunt near the wagon shops at the south end of Millerhill Yard, on 8 April 1999. ...
Bill Roberton 08/04/1999
37153 takes an ECML electrification train over the East/south chord at Millerhill in 1990. In the right background is the wagon repair shop while to ...
Bill Roberton //1990
In 2000, 37415 stops to reverse a PW train into the up yard. It is paused between Millerhill South Junction on the Monktonhall curve and Millerhill ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
Looking north along the former south/east chord at the south end of Millerhill Yard on 22 July 2014. Coaching stock stands alongside the wagon repair ...
Bill Roberton 22/07/2014

Having just propelled its train of coal out of Monktonhall Colliery, 08411 draws forward from the former Bilston Glen branch towards Millerhill Yard ...
Bill Roberton 27/02/1995




Down Yard

Most arriving goods would enter the Millerhill Yard Down Arrival Sidings to enter the down yard via the hump, but it was possible to make use of the Millerhill Yard Carlisle Arrival Sidings. The down side also had a departure yard at the north end for fitted freight.

Carlisle Arrival Sidings predate Millerhill Yard. First use to to give access to the Millerhill goods yard on the west side of the mainline approached from the Roslin branch. Adding these sidings allowed access off the main line. Probably added after initial opening of branch. Later use was for access to the Millerhill down yard from the ECML for westbound trains. Access difficult since Millerhill ...

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Having just propelled its train of coal out of Monktonhall Colliery, 08411 draws forward from the former Bilston Glen branch towards Millerhill Yard ...
Bill Roberton 27/02/1995







This was the first station at Niddrie, opened by the E&DR at the point of divergence of the lines to Fisherrow and South Esk one year before the opening of the South Leith branch. This location is marked on OS maps as having a 'Branch House' immediately to the south of the running lines. The station is likely to have been an interchange pausing point and probably did not serve the ...

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Millerhill MPD

Connection from yard, to MPD to the west junction.


View from a North Berwick-bound dmu of Millerhill depot with the former Up Yard control tower on the right. The DMU was diverted via the Abbeyhill ...
Bill Roberton //1989
Millerhill MPD, and up yard, seen around 1985 from the north end. A very different scene today with the EGIP depot having opened here. ...
Bill Roberton //1985
Class 40 no 257 at the head of a line of Type 4 power sitting out´┐Ż
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Bill Jamieson 02/11/1969
D6857 & co at Millerhill in 1970. ...
John Furnevel 26/04/1970





Up Monktonhall Curve

Goods could leave the up sorting and up secondary sidings by conventional means and head for the East Coast Main Line.


EWS 66080 reverses a trainload of ballast spoil for unloading at the mound at the top end of Millerhill yard in January 2006. ...
James Young 25/01/2006
GB Railfreight 66733 leaves Millerhill Yard with the 6E45 Bridgeton Yard (ex-Fort William) Alcan empties to North Blyth on 4 June. ...
Bill Roberton 04/06/2012
Looking west at Millerhill East Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //
The Great Marquess leaving Millerhill for Leeds on 21st April 1963, not long after the marshalling yard had opened. The loco had just been ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 21/04/1963





Down Monktonhall Curve

Arrival from the East Coast Main Line to the up yard was inconvenient. This was carried out via the east junction, south junction, Millerhill junction and Carlisle arrival sidings before running round to head for the down arrival sidings. Unfortunately the yard had been largely configured for operation with the Waverley Route.


EWS 66080 reverses a trainload of ballast spoil for unloading at the mound at the top end of Millerhill yard in January 2006. ...
James Young 25/01/2006
GB Railfreight 66733 leaves Millerhill Yard with the 6E45 Bridgeton Yard (ex-Fort William) Alcan empties to North Blyth on 4 June. ...
Bill Roberton 04/06/2012
Looking west at Millerhill East Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //
The Great Marquess leaving Millerhill for Leeds on 21st April 1963, not long after the marshalling yard had opened. The loco had just been ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 21/04/1963

Confusingly Millerhill South Junction is north of Millerhill Junction.
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My first photo of a 66... 66050 parked in the headshunt near the wagon shops at the south end of Millerhill Yard, on 8 April 1999. ...
Bill Roberton 08/04/1999
37153 takes an ECML electrification train over the East/south chord at Millerhill in 1990. In the right background is the wagon repair shop while to ...
Bill Roberton //1990
In 2000, 37415 stops to reverse a PW train into the up yard. It is paused between Millerhill South Junction on the Monktonhall curve and Millerhill ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
Looking north along the former south/east chord at the south end of Millerhill Yard on 22 July 2014. Coaching stock stands alongside the wagon repair ...
Bill Roberton 22/07/2014

Having just propelled its train of coal out of Monktonhall Colliery, 08411 draws forward from the former Bilston Glen branch towards Millerhill Yard ...
Bill Roberton 27/02/1995

Carlisle Arrival Sidings predate Millerhill Yard. First use to to give access to the Millerhill goods yard on the west side of the mainline approached from the Roslin branch. Adding these sidings allowed access off the main line. Probably added after initial opening of branch. Later use was for access to the Millerhill down yard from the ECML for westbound trains. Access difficult since Millerhill ...

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