Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.Opened on the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway.
This was a terminus of a branch from Niddrie [1st] opened on the shoreline at Leith, just east of the Water of Leith in 1835 (the land on the east bank is South Leith). Passenger coaches ran here from 1838. This largely forgotten station is important in the history of the expansion and development of Leith and its docks. Known as simply ^Leith^ until 1868 when it first appeared as ^South^ in Bradshaw^s timetable.
The station opened in South Leith (east bank of the Water of Leith), slightly larger than North Leith (west bank) at the time, but did not directly serve any of the established Leith docks at North Leith (better served by Leith North), terminating instead on the shoreline but close to a number of factories.
The station was described by Francis Whishaw thus
At Leith there is merely a shed-building. contiguous to this station, the coalowners have large enclosed yards, connected by sidings or small branches with the main line.
The Shore [Tram]
Foot of the Walk [Tram]
Leith Walk [CR]
Ocean Terminal [Tram]
Balfour Street [Tram]
Easter Road Park Halt
| Edinburgh and Leith Gas Works|
Port of Leith [Tram]
Edinburgh and Leith Glass Works
Leith Inner Harbour
Crawford^s Biscuit Factory
Leith Albert Dock
Leith Edinburgh Dock
Leith Custom House Quay
Leith South Goods
Leith Prince of Wales Dry Dock
Victoria Swing Bridge [Leith]
Leith East Goods
Scottish Agricultural Industries
Leith East Old Dock
|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
|/ /1838||Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway|
Leith (South Leith) branch opened.
|/ /1856||Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway|
Doubling of South Leith branch begins.
|01/11/1856||North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)|
Horse operation begins. Dandy Car, previously used on the South Leith line, introduced between Drem and North Berwick.
|/ /1858||Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway|
Completion of doubling of South Leith branch.
|02/01/1905||Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway|
South Leith closed to passengers.
A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)
Galashiels to Edinburgh: Including the Lauder and Dalkeith Branches - the Waverley Route (Scml)
Origins of the Scottish Railway System 1722-1844
Waverley: Portrait of a Famous Route