Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
This railway is closed. The line ran
from Slateford in Edinburgh to Balerno. The route is now a cycle-way.
This line ran from Slateford to Balerno. The line served a number
of Mills beside the Water of Leith.
Description of route
The line runs from Slateford to Ravelrig with a goods-only branch
This junction faced west towards Midcalder. There was a
signal-box between the lines of the two routes here. There was a halt provided here. The
Balerno loop joined the Caledonian Railway at this junction. The remains of the junction are still visible but
This was a single platform station with a loop in a cutting. The
loop was a later addition. The station site has been landscaped as part of a garden. The
station master's house remains standing.
The site of the goods yard is now a school. This was on a branch
from the main Balerno loop line. The goods yard was never opened as a passenger station
despite the protestations of the local populous; the site is closer to the town than the
Balerno passenger station.
Balerno Goods Junction
Here the Balerno goods line joined the Balerno loop. The junction
faced east towards Slateford. The site of the junction is now under a nearby raod which
has been re-aligned. There was a signalbox located at a high level between the two lines.
This was the most major station of the route. The station had a
passing loop, two wooden platforms a signalbox (on the westbound platform at the west end
of the station) and a goods yard with a shed. The goods yard was accessed from the west
end of the station and was located to the south of it. The goods shed remains standing
today. The platforms exist as low earth mounds.
Kinleith Paper Mill
This mill was located on the North side of the line and the
sidings here were accessed from the east. There are a number of sidings still here but
they may not remain much longer as the mill is being demolished.
This station had a single platform on the north side of the line.
It had a goods yard which was accessed from the east end of the station and was located to
the north of the line. A dispatch shed (out of use?) remains on the side of the goods
yard. At the east end of the station there was once a signalbox on the north side of the
This was a single platform station located to the west of a
tunnel. The tunnel is now lit as the old line is a cycleway. The platform was on the north
side of the line. There was a goods yard, also on the north side of the line, which was
accessed from the west end of the station, to the west of the road overbridge. The goods
yard is now a carpark.
There was a single platform halt here located on the north side
of the line.
This was the junction of the line with the Caledonian Railway in Slateford. The
junction faced east towards central Edinburgh. There were two sidings here which could be
accessed from the branch route.
Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford