Location type


Names and dates

Slateford [1st] (1848-1853)
Kingsknowe (1853-1964)
Kingsknowe (1971-)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Station code: KGE National Rail ScotRail
Where: City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Opened on the Caledonian Railway.
Open on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts.


This is a two platform station. There is no car park. A station house remains next to the west end of the station and level crossing, in use as a house. The line runs parallel to the Union Canal here (it is just to the north) and the railway passes over the canal just to the east.

The station was briefly known as Slateford before Slateford [2nd] opened to the east of the Slateford Viaduct. The station was renamed Kings Knowes very briefly before becoming Kingsknowe.

A goods yard existed to the west of the station, on the north side of the line and approached from the east. The signal box was also on the west side of the crossing and on the north side of the line. A siding of the goods yard was used to fill in Hailes Quarry with refuse. This was located west of the station and a tunnel passed under the Union Canal to the northern, and larger, part of the quarry.

The box closed in 1983, taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre.



External links

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


An Illustrated History of Carlisle's Railways

Bradshaw's Guides Scotlands Railways West Coast - Carlisle to Inverness: 5

Caledonian Dunalastairs and Associated Classes (Locomotive Monograph)

Caledonian in LMS Days (Railways in Retrospect)

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Railway Carriages

Caledonian Railway Livery: The True Line Elegance and Style

Caledonian Railway Wagons & Non-Passenger Coaching Stock

Caledonian Routes 3: Stirling to Crianlarich - DVD - Oakwood Press

Caley to the Coast: Rothesay by Wemyss Bay (Oakwood Library of Railway History)

Callander & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

Carlisle To Beattock: including the Dumfries Branch (Scottish Main Lines)

Carlisle to Hawick: The Waverley Route (Scml)

Signalling the Caledonian Railway

The Caledonian Railway 'jumbos' the 18in. X 26in. 0-6-0s

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

The Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire (Britains Railways/Old Photos)

Through Scotland with the Caledonian Railway

Vanished Railways of West Lothian