Calton Tunnels

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Calton Tunnels (1846-)

Opened on the North British Railway.


This pair of double track tunnels are to the east of Edinburgh Waverley and a little west of Abbeyhill Junction. Since electrification the tunnels carry single lines as the overhead equipment needed extra clearance.

Although often referred to in the singular, there are two separate tunnels.

The original is the southern tunnel (397 yards), opening with the North British Railway. The newer tunnel is slightly longer (476 yards).

The tunnels pass under the southern flank of the Calton Hill.


Calton Jail


Tunnel tunnels


Calton Tunnel


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