Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways)

Introduction

This marshalling yard and the Monktonhall Curve are open. The marshalling yard has, however, been drastically cut back from its 1960s size and very little of it remains in use. The few remaining original sidings are in the extreme east of the site currently in use as a permanent way depot. The line which ran from Niddrie South Junction through the centre between the up and down yards and east to Monktonhall Junction also remains open and is electrified. 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. It partly opened in 1961 and was fully open in 1963.

Much of the former Millerhill Yard Down Sorting Sidings and the site of the Monktonhall Colliery was 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 Borders Railway (Network Rail) cuts through the site of the Millerhill Down Secondary Sorting Sidings.

The MPD site, and some of the Millerhill Yard Up Sorting Sidings, have been taken over for the new Millerhill EMU Depot. The depot is accessed from the north. The eastern part of this yard has re-opened, with reconditioned sidings, as a permanent way depot. This depot is accessed from the south.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Up Yard

From Niddrie South Junction to Millerhill Junction.

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)
Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
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
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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
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The Up Yard, originally of 40 looped sidings, opened in 1962.
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Sidings on the east side of Millerhill Yard, occupied by engineers' wagons. To be the location of the new EMU depot? ...
Bill Roberton //1996
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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
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Confusingly Millerhill South Junction is north of Millerhill Junction and the former Millerhill station.
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This signal on the east-south cord at Millerhill looks like it might have sighting problems. You can't get close (this is a zoom shot) but this line ...
David Panton 03/12/2019
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
Millerhill South Junction (which is naturally north of Millerhill Junction) is still there among the trees on the right. A chord links it with the ...
David Panton 03/12/2019
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
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This location is out of use. The junction was immediately south of Millerhill station (1849). It was the junction between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) of 1847 and the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway of 1874. (The 1831 Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway alignment was off to the west.)
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Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Looking towards the Down arrivals yard ('Millerhill Yard Carlisle Arrival Sidings') at Millerhill in the 1980s, with the lifted Waverley Route on the ...
Bill Roberton //1985
View south at Millerhill in March 1987 with the main yard behind the camera. The Bilston Glen branch bears right and the new ECML Electrification ...
Bill Roberton 18/03/1987
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
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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 (originally known as Millerhill Down Yard). These were first used 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. They were probably added after initial opening of branch in 1874.
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This location is out of use. The junction was immediately south of Millerhill station (1849). It was the junction between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) of 1847 and the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway of 1874. (The 1831 Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway alignment was off to the west.)
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Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Looking towards the Down arrivals yard ('Millerhill Yard Carlisle Arrival Sidings') at Millerhill in the 1980s, with the lifted Waverley Route on the ...
Bill Roberton //1985
View south at Millerhill in March 1987 with the main yard behind the camera. The Bilston Glen branch bears right and the new ECML Electrification ...
Bill Roberton 18/03/1987
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
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This was a set of seven sidings at the south end of Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways). The sidings were south of the west side hump and Millerhill Yard Down Sorting Sidings.
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A view north, perhaps around 1985, of the south end of Millerhill Yard looking north. The down yard reception sidings have been relatively recently ...
Bill Roberton //1985
A 1-1-0 heads north through the former Down Yard at Millerhill on 5 June 1987. On the left is the loading hopper at Monktonhall Colliery. ...
Bill Roberton 05/06/1987
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This was a set of 40 sorting sidings on the west side of Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways) approached from the hump to the south via 6 retarders.
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Looking south over Millerhill Yard on a misty 28 April 1984. Tracklifting is well underway, with the down sidings being removed. See image 52371 ...
Bill Roberton 28/04/1984
View south over the former Down Yard at Millerhill in 1992 with Monktonhall Colliery in the background. The Borders Railway will veer to the right ...
Bill Roberton //1992
Looking south over Millerhill down yard in April 1980, with Monktonhall Colliery coal loading facility in the right background. ...
John Furnevel 22/04/1980
View south over the Northwest section of Millerhill yard in September 1971. The main lines are over on the left and Monktonhall Colliery stands in the ...
John Furnevel 11/09/1971
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This was a set of 9 single ended sorting sidings on the west side of the Millerhill Yard Down Sorting Sidings at their northern end.
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Freight for the north leaving Millerhill down yard in November 1972 behind a pair of type 2 locomotives. ...
John Furnevel 03/11/1972
A long lens view south over the down side of Millerhill marshalling yard from Whitehill Road on 22 April 1980, with Monktonhall Colliery dominating ...
John Furnevel 22/04/1980
Class 37 No. D6903 standing at the north end of Millerhill Yard on Wednesday 18th February 1970 prior to working the 15.07 Millerhill to Leith South ...
Bill Jamieson 18/02/1970
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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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Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway





Millerhill MPD

Connection from yard, to MPD to the west junction.

This is the junction between the Newcraighall North Junction to Monktonhall Junction route through the former Millerhill Yard and the Millerhill EGIP Depot, built partly on the site of the Millerhill MPD and the Millerhill Yard Up Sorting Sidings.
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Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Coal empties for Ravenstruther and Hunterston seen looking south towards Millerhill Yard in October 2007. EWS 66200 has just been given the road with ...
John Furnevel 08/10/2007
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This was a locomotive depot opened with the Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways) in 1962.
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Weekend engineering possession at Millerhill on 18 June 2017 with the freight lines closed and a replacement bus service operating on the Borders ...
John Furnevel 18/06/2017
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
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
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
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Up Monktonhall Curve

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



This junction is on the line between Newcraighall North Junction and Monktonhall Junction near the southern end of the former Millerhill Yard Up Sorting Sidings. It is the eastern apex of a triangle of lines with Millerhill West Junction giving access north to Newcraighall North Junction and Millerhill South Junction which leads to the disused portion to the former ...

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Millerhill East is at the southern end of that neat 'S' on the map that links the ECML at Monktonhall with Millerhill Yard. The chord to Millerhill ...
David Panton 03/12/2019
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 //
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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.

This junction is on the line between Newcraighall North Junction and Monktonhall Junction near the southern end of the former Millerhill Yard Up Sorting Sidings. It is the eastern apex of a triangle of lines with Millerhill West Junction giving access north to Newcraighall North Junction and Millerhill South Junction which leads to the disused portion to the former ...

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Millerhill East is at the southern end of that neat 'S' on the map that links the ECML at Monktonhall with Millerhill Yard. The chord to Millerhill ...
David Panton 03/12/2019
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 //
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Confusingly Millerhill South Junction is north of Millerhill Junction and the former Millerhill station.
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This signal on the east-south cord at Millerhill looks like it might have sighting problems. You can't get close (this is a zoom shot) but this line ...
David Panton 03/12/2019
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
Millerhill South Junction (which is naturally north of Millerhill Junction) is still there among the trees on the right. A chord links it with the ...
David Panton 03/12/2019
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
4 of 7 images. more


This location is out of use. The junction was immediately south of Millerhill station (1849). It was the junction between the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway) of 1847 and the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway of 1874. (The 1831 Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway alignment was off to the west.)
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See also
Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Looking towards the Down arrivals yard ('Millerhill Yard Carlisle Arrival Sidings') at Millerhill in the 1980s, with the lifted Waverley Route on the ...
Bill Roberton //1985
View south at Millerhill in March 1987 with the main yard behind the camera. The Bilston Glen branch bears right and the new ECML Electrification ...
Bill Roberton 18/03/1987
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
3 of 3 images.


Carlisle Arrival Sidings predate Millerhill Yard (originally known as Millerhill Down Yard). These were first used 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. They were probably added after initial opening of branch in 1874.
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