Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

This line connected Edinburgh Princes Street station to the lines to Granton, Leith North, Barnton, Falkirk, Stirling, Perth, Dundee West, Forfar and Aberdeen.

The line is now closed. The section between Haymarket West Junction and Dalry Road station is now a roadway. A short portion of the platform at Dalry Road still exists.






Dates

  /  /1847Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Wester Dalry Branch linking the Caledonian Railway to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway authorised. The permission is allowed to expire (but is later revived).
  /  /1860Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Wester Dalry Branch linking the Caledonian Railway to the Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) authorised.
01/09/1864Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened to goods between Dalry Junction [Edinburgh] (Caledonian Railway) and Coltbridge Junction (Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)).
  /  /1872Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Wester Dalry Branch linking the Caledonian Railway to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway authorised (with restrictions on its use).
  /  /1874Caledonian Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Restrictions lifted. Caledonian Railway granted running power over the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway. For westbound passenger traffic for the north, the Caledonian Railway must pause at Damhead Junction to pick up any North British Railway coaches. For goods and minerals the company may run from north of Larbert Junction and from Grangemouth Junction over the proposed Wester Dalry branch via Damhead Junction (later Haymarket West Junction) for Edinburgh, Leith and Granton traffic.
03/07/1876Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Middle Junction to Damhead Junction opened for goods. Authorised or passengers.
02/07/1900Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Road station opened.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This junction opened was between lines westwards to Stirling, Granton, North Leith and Barnton, and Glasgow Central, Carstairs and Carlisle. To the east lines to Morrison Street Goods, Edinburgh Princes Street and Lothian Road Goods divided.
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Caledonian Railway
The West Approach Road follows the route of the Caledonian main line out of Princes Street while the Leith branch curved off to the right. Dalry Road ...
David Panton 25/12/2019
The course of the CR main line out of Edinburgh, Looking north east on 12 November 2018. We are about a mile from Princes Street, a little beyond the ...
David Panton 12/11/2018
A look along what was once the Caledonian main line out of Edinburgh between Dalry Junction and Merchiston station. The line once went straight ahead ...
David Panton 16/03/2020
The trackbed of the Caledonian's approach to Princes Street station has been the West (not Western - common mistake) Approach Road since 1974. This ...
David Panton 24/06/2018
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Dalry Road Shed was located in the 'V' of the junction between the Caledonian Railway's Edinburgh branch and what was originally the Granton Branch, later the approach to Haymarket West Junction.
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Dalry Road MPD, Edinburgh, in September 1959, with ex-CR 0-6-0 57559. ...
David Murray-Smith 30/09/1959
Dalry Road Shed in 1959 with ex-CR 57654. ...
David Murray-Smith 30/09/1959
As well as the rather surprising survival of part on the platform at Dalry Road station those in the know can also discern the remains of the ...
David Panton 16/03/2020
Looking towards Princes Street Station from Coffin Lane in 1971. On the left is the island platform of Dalry Road Station; on the right is the ...
Bill Roberton //1971
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The gap on the bricks reveals the blocked-up eastern entrance with steps up to Dalry Road station. We are in the Telfer Subway (between Fountainbridge ...
David Panton 27/04/2018
Nobody has caught a train here since 1962. However not many caught one before then either, as this face was for Edinburgh Princes Street only a few ...
David Panton 27/04/2018
Though a stretch of one face of the island platform survives at the eastern end of Dalry Road, there's not much to see at the western end and you'll ...
David Panton 27/04/2018
Large scale OS map of Dalry Road station and shed in their last years. Edinburgensians can get misty-eyed spotting other bygones. Map from ...
David Panton 27/06/2016
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This was a double track junction formed when the 1864 Coltbridge Junction to Dalry Junction curve was met with a new connection of 1876 westwards to Haymarket West Junction to give the Caledonian Railway access to locations west via the former Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
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This junction was just to the west of Dalry Road station and was where the link to Haymarket West Junction parted from the Caledonian's Leith North ...
David Panton 19/01/2018
The rebuilt rail bridge over Dalry Road near the former Dalry Middle Junction. View west on 16 November 2013 with a no 22 bus crossing. See image ...
Bill Roberton 16/11/2013
Looking north towards Corstorphine Hill in 1972 with the site of Dalry Middle Junction on the other side of the gap left by the former railway bridge ...
John Furnevel 21/06/1972
View west showing the replacement deck of the former railway bridge that once carried the Caledonian lines over Dalry Road, seen here in March 2006. ...
John Furnevel 09/03/2006
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This view, from the site of Coltbridge Junction Signalbox, looks south west towards Haymarket depot, where the tram line will skirt the perimeter of ...
Bill Roberton 27/09/2010
View from the site of Coltbridge Junction Signalbox looking south east with new plant being delivered to the Edinburgh tram works. ...
Bill Roberton 27/09/2010
View south along the former alignment of the demolished Caledonian viaduct. It is planned that there will be a triangular junction with the ...
Bill Roberton 27/09/2010
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This double track three arch viaduct carried the Wester Dalry branch from Dalry Middle Junction west to Haymarket West Junction.
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A view east of the Russell Road Viaduct during a road closure in 1993. The viaduct passes over Russell Road, the closed alignment from [[Granton ...
Ewan Crawford //1993
A 22 bus crossing the converted railway viaduct over Russell Road in November 2013. The former Caledonian route from Dalry Middle Junction to ...
Bill Roberton 16/11/2013
Looking north along Edinburgh's Russell Road on 10 April 2006 through the multi-arched bridge that once carried the Caledonian route between Haymarket ...
John Furnevel 10/04/2006
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Balgreen tram stop occupies the exact location of Balgreen Halt, hard by the main line near Haymarket West Junction. The morning LNER Aberdeen to ...
David Panton 16/07/2018
A train for Glasgow via Cumbernauld passes Haymarket West Junction (and Balgreen tramstop) on 13 April 2019. ...
David Panton 13/04/2019
First class decadence - all before 10am on a Sunday! 'The Cathedrals Express' passes Haymarket West Junction on a trip from Edinburgh to Fife.
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Martin MacGuire 20/05/2018
Grab shot of a Fife Circle loco-hauled stock on the Sub at Gorgie. The train is standing at a signal awaiting access to the main line at Haymarket ...
John Yellowlees 05/10/2016
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