Joppa [2nd]

Location type


Name and dates

Joppa [2nd] (1859-1966)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Opened on the North British Railway.


This was a two platform station which replaced Joppa [1st]. But unlike that station, this one was on the East Coast Main Line rather than the Waverley Route.

It was just east of Portobello East Junction. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.

Joppa itself is north of the former station and Joppa Quarry (now a playing field) was to the south.

Just to the west of the station were sidings on the north side of the line, approached from the east. These were later expanded into a goods and timber yard. Also to the west was where the approach lines for Portobello Yard split from the main line, these running west on its north side. The signal box was located here. The original box opened in 1874 (south side of the line and west of Brunstane Road) and was replaced in 1896 when the yard was expanded. The second box was on the north side of the line and east of Brunstane Road.

The North British Laundry, owned by the railway, was just to the west of the station, on the north side of the line.

The Lothian Lines (North British Railway) crossed over the line between the goods yard and the laundry.

Joppa Yard closed in 1962 with the opening of Millerhill Yard Up Sorting Sidings.

The station closed in 1966. The signal box closed in 1971.

The disused main station building, L shaped in plan, still stands.


Station building

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


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

Drem to Edinburgh: Including Gullane, Haddington, Tranent, Musselburgh and Fisherrow Branches (Scottish Main Lines)

Edinburgh St. Margaret's: The Story of the 'Other' Edinburgh Depot of the North British Railway 1845-1967

Exploring Disused Railways in East Scotland

Last Trains: Edinburgh and South East Scotland v. 1
LNER Wagons: Volume 3: Scottish Area: Ex North British and Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway Wagons
North British Railway in Northumberland, The

North British Railway, Vol. 1 (Standard Railway History)

North British Railway, Vol. 2 (Standard Railway History)

Signalling and Signal Boxes along the North British Railway, Great North of Scotland Railway and the CLC Routes

South East Scotland (British Railways Past & Present)

The Castle and the Bear: A Brief History of the North British Railway

The North British Railway a History
The North British Railway, Volume 1, One,
The Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire (Britains Railways/Old Photos)

Vanished Railways of West Lothian