Leith North

Location type


Names and dates

North Leith [CR] (1879-1952)
Leith North (1952-1962)

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

Opened on the Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway).


This was the passenger terminus for the Caledonian Railway Leith branch. The station and its approach from Newhaven Junction was added to the original goods only line of 1864 in 1879.

The station was a terminus with an island platform and a brick and wooden trainshed over the buffer end (to the east). The platform lines were single, without loops. To the west was a short siding on the south side of the line. At the station throat, on the south side of the line, was the signal box which opened as 'Leith Passenger' in 1879 with the station. West of the station platform were a trailing and facing crossover by the box.

The original goods station was just to the north and was on a far larger scale than the passenger station. This had a large goods shed.

The station closed to passengers in 1962. The box closed in 1964. Goods lines were to survive until 1968.

The station survived closure for many years as a commercial premises.

It has been demolished and replaced with flatted dwellings. Nearby warehouses of the former Leith West Old Dock have survived in other uses.


Royal Yacht Britannia



External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


01/08/1879Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway) Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Passenger service starts, a new passenger portion opens from Newhaven Junction to Leith North on the south side of the existing goods lines. Granton Junction to Crew Junction to Newhaven Junction opened to passengers. Stations opened at Craigleith and Murrayfield on the Granton branch, Granton Road on the Leith North branch, Newhaven and Leith North on the new line.
02/07/1900Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Road station opened. Used by Leith North, Barnton, Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston bound trains.
  /  /1902Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Enlargement of Leith North station authorised.
30/04/1962Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway) Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Edinburgh Princes Street (Dalry Middle Junction) to Leith North passenger service withdrawn. Craigleith, Murrayfield, Granton Road, Newhaven and Leith North closed.