Portobello Junction

Location type

Junction


Names and dates

Portobello East Junction (1847-1973)
Portobello Junction (1973-)

Opened on the North British Railway.

Opened on the Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway).

Opened on the New Portobello Station (North British Railway).


Description

This junction is open. The double track East Coast Main Line from Berwick-Upon-Tweed meets the single track line from Tweedbank and passenger trains run west to Edinburgh Waverley.

Two single track lines approach from the south - one from Niddrie West Junction and another from Niddrie South Junction used by trains to Tweedbank, Millerhill EGIP Depot and the engineer's sidings at Millerhill Marshalling Yard.

The original version of this junction was further west, just to the east of Portobello [2nd] station.

Here a short branch (1847) of the North British Railway (1846) left the main line to run south and east to join the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway's Eskbank route. This was to give access to the line south to Hawick. A signal box opened on the south side of the junction in 1874.

A substantial yard, Portobello Yard, was developed to the north of the running lines, and absorbed the original alignment pushing the passenger lines south to a new alignment through Portobello [3rd] station. With the quarupling of the railway from Piershill Junction in 1909 the signal box was replaced with a gantry box over the main running lines west of the junction.

The Lothian Lines were built partly to sidestep this junction and give trains to and from Leith South an alternative approach to the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway, East Coast Main Line and Waverley Route.

After closure of the yards (1962/3 after Millerhill Marshalling Yard (British Railways) opened) and station (1964) the line was realigned further north and junction much simplified. A few sidings remain as the disused Portobello Freightliner Terminal and PW sidings.

Around 1973, when the box at Niddrie North Junction closed, the junction between the Suburban and Millerhill lines was moved north to just shy of Portobello Junction.

The gantry signal box was closed in 1973, replaced by Portobello Power Box which survived until 1977 when it was replaced by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre.


Tags

Junction




Books


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

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

Forgotten Railways: Scotland

Galashiels 1897: Selkirkshire Sheet 08.02 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Selkirkshire)

Galashiels to Edinburgh: Including the Lauder and Dalkeith Branches - the Waverley Route (Scml)

Hawick 1897: Roxburghshire Sheet 25.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Roxburghshire)

Hawick to Galashiels: The Waverley Route Including the Selkirk Branch (Scottish Main Lines)

Last Trains: Edinburgh and South East Scotland v. 1

Last Years of the Waverley Route
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. 1 (Standard Railway History)

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

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

On the Waverley Route

Railways Of Scotland 2: The Waverley Route DVD - Cinerail

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)

The Waverley Route Through Time

The Waverley Route: Its Heritage and Revival

The Waverley Route: The Postwar Years

Vanished Railways of West Lothian

Waverley Route: The battle for the Borders Railway

Waverley Route: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Borders Railway

Waverley: Portrait of a Famous Route