Newhailes East Junction

Location type


Names and dates

Niddrie East Junction (1884-1915)
Newhailes East Junction (1915-1925)

Opened on the North British Railway.
Opened on the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway.


This junction opened in 1884. Also known as Newhailes East Junction. It was the southern end of a Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway curve connecting north west to the Fisherrow branch of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.

The portion of the Fisherrow branch eastwards over the North British Railway main line closed as a new curve from Newhailes Junction replaced it. Until this new curve opened trains to Fisherrow had taken a fairly devious route from Portobello East Junction to Niddrie North Junction to Niddry Junction [2nd] station, then over the North British Railway. (The branch from Portobello East Junction to the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway had cut through the old approach from the west.)

The junction closed in 1915 when it was replaced by part of the Lothian Lines (North British Railway) from near Wanton Wells Junction to Monktonhall Junction. The box was renamed Newhailes East Junction. Between 1915 and 1925 it controlled two goods loops off the westbound main line. The box remained in use until 1925/6 when Newhailes Junction box took over.

Nothing remains to be seen of the junction but part of the closed curve from the junction remains, much overgrown, to the north of the replacement alignment.



External links

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


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

Drem to Edinburgh: Including Gullane, Haddington, Tranent, Musselburgh and Fisherrow Branches (Scottish Main Lines)

Edinburgh St. Margaret's: The Story of the 'Other' Edinburgh Depot of the North British Railway 1845-1967

Exploring Disused Railways in East Scotland

Last Trains: Edinburgh and South East Scotland v. 1
LNER Wagons: Volume 3: Scottish Area: Ex North British and Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway Wagons
North British Railway in Northumberland, The

North British Railway, Vol. 1 (Standard Railway History)

North British Railway, Vol. 2 (Standard Railway History)

Signalling and Signal Boxes along the North British Railway, Great North of Scotland Railway and the CLC Routes

South East Scotland (British Railways Past & Present)

The Castle and the Bear: A Brief History of the North British Railway

The North British Railway a History
The North British Railway, Volume 1, One,
The Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire (Britains Railways/Old Photos)

Vanished Railways of West Lothian