Location type


Name and dates

Ratho (1842-1951)

Opened on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.


This former station gave rise to the curiosity that is Ratho Station, a small village on the edge of Edinburgh with no station. (Akin to Balfron Station or even Stromeferry (no ferry)). Ratho Station, the village, developed to the north of the station.

There were two stations alongside each other, the high level Ratho station with two platforms on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and the single platform Ratho (Low Level) on the South Queensferry Branch (North British Railway) just to the north. The junction, Queensferry Junction, between these lines was just to the east.

The main station building was on the eastbound platform. There was a goods yard in the 'V' of the junction. Ratho signal box was on the eastbound platform, just east of the station building. This was closed in 1939, replaced with a ground frame. Queensferry Junction signal box remained until 1978.

Not far west is Newbridge Junction where the Bathgate line separates from the main line.

Unused platforms remain at the former station. The main line remains open and Queensferry branch closed in 1966.



Station interchange

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67