Location type


Name and dates

Abbeyhill (1869-1964)

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


This was a two platform station with waiting shelters at platform level and a booking office over the line on London Road and stairways running down to platform level. The station opened with the Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway).

Although the station did not directly have its own goods yard there was a coal depot just to the south, Rose Lane Goods.

The station was on a curving section of line. At the west end of the station was Abbeyhill Junction (with the North British Railway) and at the north end was London Road Junction [Edinburgh].

Closure was in 1964 although the platforms and booking office remained in place for many years. The Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction loop closed in 1988. The booking office was removed in the 2000s. A platform remains here and some track may be buried under spoil.




02/03/1868Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
A new diversion opened to goods (Abbeyhill and Piershill to Trinity Junction with a spur onto the [North] Leith branch at Bonnington East Junction). This by-passed the cable operated incline between Canal Street [Edinburgh] and Scotland Street.
22/03/1868Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Passenger trains diverted from the Canal Street [Edinburgh] route to via Abbeyhill. A passenger station is opened at Leith Walk.
01/05/1869Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Abbeyhill opened on the diversion.
22/07/1885Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
An act for a line between London Road Junction [Edinburgh] (by Abbeyhill) and Lochend South Junction (then called Lochend Junction) is passed.
01/10/1886Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Abbeyhill to Lochend Junction opened to passengers and freight. This line effectively quadrupled the main line of the North British Railway from Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction and provided a useful diversionary route.
16/06/1947Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Passenger services to North Leith withdrawn. Easter Road, Bonnington, Junction Road and North Leith stations closed on withdrawal of Leith to Edinburgh via Abbeyhill service.
07/04/1952Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)
Leith Central to Abbeyhill and Piershill closed to passengers.
07/09/1964Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Edinburgh; Abbeyhill Junction to Piershill Junction loop closed to regular passenger trains. Piershill and Abbeyhill stations closed.
  /07/1986Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Meadowbank Stadium station opened on the westbound track of the Abbeyhill to Piershill loop (for the Commonwealth games).
  /  /1989Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Track singled from Piershill Junction to Powderhall, and the Abbeyhill route is disconnected at Lochend South Junction.
  /  /1994Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Abbeyhill loop retained by British Railways on transfer of operational infrastructure to Railtrack.
  /03/2000Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
Rail Property wishes to see 175m of trackbed at Abbeyhill for redevelopment and faces opposition.