Bilston Glen Colliery

Location type


Name and dates

Bilston Glen Colliery (1963-1989)

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 three loaded trains a day to Cockenzie Power Station (opened 1968).

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