Leith Walk

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Name and dates

Leith Walk (1868-1930)

Opened on the Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway).


This was a two platform station on the west side of Leith Walk. The main station building was at street level on the south side and there were waiting shelters on each platform. The footbridge was on the west side of Leith Walk with stairs down to the platforms. A row of shops is on the east side of the Leith Walk bridge over the railway.

On the south side of the station was a siding, approached from the north west.

The original signal box was close to the end of the westbound platform was replaced in 1895 with a larger box a little further to the west.

To the west was a long siding on the north/west side of the line. This served, going away from the station, Shrubhill Tramway Depot and Rosebank Iron Works. On the south/west side of the line was Bowershall Mills (Stationary), served by a siding on the south side, approached by crossing over the northbound line to join the southbound line.

The station closed in 1930. The waiting shelters, footbridge and stairs were removed and stain building put to other uses.

The signal box closed in 1948.

To the east of Leith Walk was Leith Walk East Goods which was on the south side of the line and approached from the east. A stairway from the trackbed east of the Leith Walk bridge climbed to the yard.

The railway was reduced to a single track.

It is now out of use.



Chronology Dates

22/03/1868Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
Passenger trains diverted from the Canal Street [Edinburgh] route to via Abbeyhill. A passenger station is opened at Leith Walk.
01/01/1917Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
Powderhall, Leith Walk closed (Wartime measures in the Great War).
01/02/1919Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
Leith Walk station re-opened.
31/03/1930Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
Leith Walk closed to passengers.

News items

07/08/2023Red letter day as refurbished building opens onto Leith Walk [Project Scotland]
04/05/2023Confused Edinburgh drivers end up in wrong lane as Leith Walk opens to traffic [Edinburgh Live]
19/04/2023Edinburgh locals speak of 'relief' as they get first glimpse of trams to Newhaven [Edinburgh Live]
30/03/2023Edinburgh's Leith Walk will partially close again as tram works continue [Edinburgh Live]
13/03/2023'Ghost' trams to begin testing new route to Leith and Newhaven [Scotsman]
16/02/2023Edinburgh drivers told Leith Walk will partially close just days after opening [Edinburgh Live]
03/02/2023Two-way traffic on Edinburgh's Leith Walk to return as tram testing begins [Edinburgh Live]
12/10/2022Local Edinburgh residents slam construction workers for 'drilling at midnight' [Edinburgh Live]
08/07/2022Edinburgh Leith Walk Stead's Place offices to open [Glasgow Herald]
11/03/2022The once iconic Leith Walk rail bridge that's all but forgotten [edinburghlive]