Bilston Glen Colliery

Location type


Name and dates

Bilston Glen Colliery (1963-1989)

Station code: National Rail
Served by the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway.


This colliery was developed by the National Coal Board, with the sinking commencing in 1952. It replaced Burghlee Colliery, just to the east.

The mine opened around the same time as Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways) to the north.

There were two shafts and a washery with a traverser.

The mine dispatched five loaded trains a day to Cockenzie Power Station (opened 1968), and also to Longannet Power Station and Imperial Dock [Leith].

After closure in 1988, the railway remained in place until 1991 to allow coal stock to be removed.



Chronology Dates

  /  /1967Cockenzie Power Station
Power station in operation. Over time, coal was to be provided by Bilston Glen Colliery, Monktonhall Colliery and Blindwells Opencast using MGR (Merry Go Round) trains.
01/06/1969Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Roslin to Bilston Glen Colliery (excluded) closed to freight.
05/06/1989Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Bilston Glen Colliery to Millerhill Junction (excluded) closed. (But would re-open to clear stocks.)
  /  /1993Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Stub of Edinburgh Loanhead and Roslin Railway from Bilston Glen Colliery to Millerhill Junction (excluded) closed.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Railways

Forgotten Railways: Scotland

The Glencorse Branch (Locomotion Papers)