Location type


Name and dates

Bonnington (1846-1947)

Opened on the Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway.


This was a two platform station in a deep cutting. The road level building still stands, looked won on by the surrounding tenements built after the station.

The original station was largely to the west of Bonnington Road. Two curves stairways ran down from the road above to the platforms from the west side of the road. The station building was on the Edinburgh bound platform.

The Ordnance Survey Name Book described it thus

A small wooden shed and stone platform, on the Leith Branch of the Edinburgh, Perth & Dundee Railway where passengers are booked &c.

The platforms were extended eastwards to accommodate longer trains. The platforms, particularly the Leith bound, were very narrow. The stone built station building on the east side of Newhaven Road, of two storeys with the top at street level, dates from the enlargement.

To the west was Bonnington East Junction and to the west Bonnington Goods Junction.

The line was singled in 1960, the Edinburgh bound line being lifted. The line closed altogether in 1968.

The trackbed is now a footpath. The platforms and station building remain.


Station footpath

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Nearby stations
Ferry Road
Pilrig Street
Junction Bridge
Newhaven [Leith New Lines]
Leith North
North Leith
Newhaven [Tram]
Leith Walk [CR]
Foot of the Walk [Tram]
Ocean Terminal [Tram]
Balfour Street [Tram]
Leith Central
Leith Walk
Graham Street Junction
Bonnington Bridge Paper Works
Weldun Boiler Works
Bonnington Viaduct [CR]
Bonnington (Rosebank) Goods
Bonnington East Junction
Midlothian Oatmeal Works
Bonnington Tannery
Chancelot Mills [1st]
Bonnington North Viaduct
Bonnington South Viaduct
Bonnington Steel Works
Junction Mills
Bowling Green Street Level Crossing
Bonnington Level Crossing
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Chronology Dates

10/05/1846Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
Leith [ELGR] branch opened. Bonnington and Leith [ELGR] opened, with a goods only line continuing over Commercial Street to West Old Dock [Leith] and East Old Dock [Leith].
16/06/1947Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
Passenger services to North Leith withdrawn. Easter Road, Bonnington, Junction Road and North Leith stations closed on withdrawal of Leith to Edinburgh via Abbeyhill service.

News items

26/06/2023Scotland's Home of the Year winner announced [BBC News]
14/05/2023Edinburgh railway station turned family home to feature on Scotland's Home of the Year [EdinburghLive]