Powderhall Branch Junction

Location type


Names and dates

Piershill Junction (1868-1988)
Powderhall Branch Junction (1988-)

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


This is the junction for the disused line to the Powderhall Destructor. Approach was from the east.

It was the eastern junction of a triangle of junctions leading to Granton and North Leith and the end of a loop line from Abbeyhill Junction.

The branch line was original double track. The junction was originally between two double track lines. The signal box was on the north side of the junction. Just to the west on the main line was St Margarets Shed and on the branch line Piershill station.

The junction was rebuilt in 1909 when the route east to Craigentinny Carriage Sidings was quadrupled. With this the line from Edinburgh Waverley was quadruple track as far as Portobello East Junction when improvements were completed. The northern pair of lines were goods lines and the southern passenger and goods.

The signal box was replaced with a larger building, also on the north side. The branch line became a quadruple track on the approach to the junction with two new lines laid to the north of the existing lines going east. Just to the east of the junction the main line connected to the new tracks eastbound.

The signal box was closed in 1966.

The main line is now double track only.



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