Murrayfield

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Murrayfield (1879-1962)

Opened on the Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway).

Description

This was a two platform station on the lines between Edinburgh Princes Street and Leith North and Barnton. Both platforms had buildings, that on the northbound being slightly larger.

To the south the line passed over Roseburn Terrace, crossing by an unusually ornate girder bridge which features 'CR' carved into the abutment for the Caledonian Railway. The bridge is B listed.It features a panel with a thistle faced on either side by a Scottish lion rampant, the Caledonian's symbol. Engineer George Graham.

To the south a looped siding on the west side served Roseburn Maltings, beyond which the line crossed over the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway to reach Coltbridge Junction.

Murrayfield had a large goods yard which included the Coltbridge Stone Depot. The yard was approached from the north and was on the west side of the line, north of Roseburn Terrace. Further north the line crossed the Water of Leith by the Coltbridge Viaduct. There were two signal boxes, one at the north end of the southbound platform and another at the south of the station on the west side (south of Roseburn Terrace at Roseburn Maltings). Later there was a single box at the north end, on the west side of the line by the goods yard.

The line had opened in 1861, the station and box in 1879. The box closed in 1944, replaced with a ground frame. The line closed to passengers in 1962 and completely in 1967.

The trackbed is now a footpath. The platforms survive but the buildings are gone. The fine bridge over Roseburn Terrace still stands.

Local

Scottish Rugby - Murrayfield Stadium is to the south west of the former station. The stadium is served by Edinburgh Trams stop Murrayfield Stadium [Tram].

Tags

Station footpath

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
NLS Map
NLS Map
NLS Map
09/10/2019




Dates

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.
30/04/1962Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway) Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Edinburgh Princes Street (Dalry Middle Junction) to Leith North passenger service withdrawn. Craigleith, Murrayfield, Granton Road, Newhaven and Leith North closed.
21/06/1965Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Murrayfield goods closed.