Haymarket West Junction

Location type

Junction

Names and dates

Damhead Junction (1876-1884)
Haymarket West Junction (1884-)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
Opened on the Corstorphine Branch (North British Railway).
Opened on the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway.
Opened on the Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway).

Description

This junction opened in 1876 when the Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway) opened, allowing Caledonian Railway trains from Edinburgh Princes Street to join the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway westbound and then, via the Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway, join the Scottish Central Railway at Larbert Junction and run north to Stirling, Perth, Dundee West, Aberdeen and Inverness.

A signal box opened with the junction. This box was modified, extended, in 1884 for the opening of the Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway. This curve and line allowed goods and mineral trains to bypass Edinburgh Waverley.

The box was replaced in 1894 for line quadrupling. This followed the Forth Bridge opening of 1890, providing the North British Railway with its line north to Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.

In 1902 the branch to Corstorphine [2nd] opened from the north side of the lines, the branch running west to the terminus.

The Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway) closed in 1964 when Edinburgh Princes Street station closed and services were diverted to Edinburgh Waverley.

The Corstorphine [2nd] branch closed in 1968.

In 1975 the signal box closed, replaced by Haymarket Power Box.

The box was within the junction. It was to the south of the original E&G line and the Wester Dalry branch and to the north of the Edinburgh Suburban line.

Tags

Junction



Dates

  /  /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.
30/06/1874Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Middle Junction to Haymarket West Junction (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) authorised.
03/07/1876Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Middle Junction to Haymarket West Junction (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) opened. The Caledonian Railway had running powers to Larbert from here.
03/07/1876Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Middle Junction to Damhead Junction opened for goods. Authorised or passengers.
  /  /1890Caledonian Railway
Caledonian Railway trains for the north now use Edinburgh Princes Street and the Dalry Junction to Haymarket West Junction link. The Caledonian Railway booking office at Edinburgh Waverley closes on 30/09/1890.
02/03/1964Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Edinburgh; Haymarket West Junction to Dalry Junction closed to passengers.
09/03/1964Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Middle Junction to Haymarket West Junction closed.
01/01/1968Corstorphine Branch (North British Railway)
Corstorphine to Edinburgh (Haymarket West Junction) closed to passengers.
05/02/1968Corstorphine Branch (North British Railway)
Corstorphine to Edinburgh (Haymarket West Junction) closed to freight.

Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Railways

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

Central Glasgow 1893: Lanarkshire Sheet 6.10a (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Lanarkshire)

Edinburgh ( Western New Town) 1877: Edinburgh Large Scale Sheet 34 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Yard to the Mile)

Edinburgh (Rail Centres)

Edinburgh (Rail Centres)
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Guidebook (Auld Kirk Museum Publications)
Edinburgh To Inverkeithing.: including The Port Edgar, North Queensferry And Rosyth Dockyard Branches. (Scottish Main Lines.)

Edinburgh Waverley

Edinburgh Waverley Station Through Time
Edinburgh's Transport: The Early Years v. 1
Glasgow Stations

Glasgow's Last Days of Steam

Haymarket Motive Power Depot Edinburgh: A History of the Depot, Its Work and Locomotives, 1842-2010

Landranger (66) Edinburgh, Penicuik & North Berwick (OS Landranger Map)

Last Trains: Edinburgh and South East Scotland v. 1

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

On Either Side, 1939: The Train between London King's Cross & Edinburgh Waverley, Fort William, Inverness & Aberdeen (Old House)

Rails Around Glasgow

The Next Stop: Inverness to Edinburgh, station by station

This Magnificent Line (the story of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Railway

Vanished Railways of West Lothian