Granton Junction

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Granton Junction (1861-1967)

Opened on the Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway).
Opened on the Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway).


This was the junction between the 1861 Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) and the Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway) line built in 1847 from Slateford Junction [1st] on the Caledonian Railway to just shy of an aborted junction at Haymarket on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.

Immediately south of the junction the approach from the south crosses Murieston Crescent by means of a wrought-iron plate girder bridge. This bridge is C listed.

Immediately north both lines approaching the junction are crossed by the eastern approach to the Russell Road Viaduct carrying the line from Dalry Middle Junction to Haymarket West Junction (and despite also being owned by the Caledonian Railway making no direct connection to the Granton Junction lines below).

The signal box for the junction opened in 1879 and was replaced in 1896.

The box closed in 1937. Afterwards there was a ground frame controlling a single lead junction for the little used line to Haymarket.

In 1964 the junction was converted back into a double track junction when the Duff Street Spur opened to Haymarket East Junction. This connection allowed Edinburgh Princes Street to close.

The Granton line closed in 1967.

The formation of the junction is still visible, although the former route to Granton is partly landscaped and somewhat overgrown. The junction faced south west towards Slateford.




01/08/1879Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway) Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Passenger service starts, a new passenger portion opens from Newhaven Junction to Leith North on the south side of the existing goods lines. Granton Junction to Crew Junction to Newhaven Junction opened to passengers. Stations opened at Craigleith and Murrayfield on the Granton branch, Granton Road on the Leith North branch, Newhaven and Leith North on the new line.
01/08/1879Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Slateford Junction [1st] to Granton Junction authorised for passengers - with the opening of the Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway) .
04/09/1967Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Junction (excluded) to Coltbridge Junction to Crew Junction to Newhaven Junction (excluded) closed.