Ravelrig Junction

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Name and dates

Ravelrig Junction (1874-1963)

Opened on the Caledonian Railway.
Opened on the Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway).


This junction was formed in 1874 between the west end of the Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway) and the 1848 Caledonian Railway.

The branch line was entered from the west. The Balerno line ran parallel and to the south of the main line as far as Balerno Junction at Slateford.

The signal box, opened with the branch, was on the north side of the junction.

This was a double track junction. The branch line reduced to a single track shortly after the junction but a long siding ran parallel with the branch track for some way. At the junction there were sidings on the at the far end of the branch, parallel to the main line. In addition, there were some sidings in the ^V^ of the junction, leading off the branch. Near these were the several Ravelrig Junction Quarries.

Several quarry tramways ran from the long siding, running south west to the several Ravelrig Quarrys on Ravelrig Hill.

The signal box was replaced in 1912. The new box was in the ^V^ of the junction.

From Ravelrig Junction to Balerno Goods Junction closed in 1963.

The box closed in 1967.

The main line remains open, a double track electrified railway.



External links

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


  /  /1870Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway)
A connection at the west end of the Balerno branch is authorised from Ravelrig Junction, making the branch into a loop off the Edinburgh branch of the Caledonian Railway. Balerno Goods would now be left on a short branch.
11/09/1939Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Balerno (excluded) - Ravelrig Junction (excluded) closed to passengers.
04/12/1967Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Balerno Goods to Balerno Junction and Balerno Goods Junction to Ravelrig Junction closed.


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