Junction Road Station
below Great Junction Street, Leith
- Bridge Widening - 1909
acknowledgement to Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh
Peter Stubbs - please contact
Photo taken: January 21, 2011
Comparison of 1909 and 2011 photos
The two photos above show the same view, but were taken
about 100 years apart. Both
photos look NE down the old railway line as it passes under
Great Junction Street, Leith.
The houses in the top left corner are the
same in both photos, but the top of a new high-rise block of flats
(one of two built off North Junction Street) can be seen in the background
of the 2011 photo.
The old telegraph poles, gas light, railway lines, platform and stairs up
to Great Junction Street have vanished. The route of the old railway line
turning to the right under the bridge and following the Water of Leith is
now a footpath and cycle track.
The tunnel entrance has been buried under
an embankment on the left beyond the bridge. The stones at the top
of the old tunnel entrance can can be found still in place in the
embankment, beside the footpath from Coburg Street to the Water of Leith.
The photograph, taken in 1909, looks to the NE,
from the station beneath Great Junction Street, close to its junction with
This view looks through the bridge under Great
Junction Street and towards the tunnel as the line
heads towards its terminus at Leith Citadel Station, across the road
from Leith Nautical College at Commercial Street, Leith.
Leith Citadel Station
Bridge over the Railway
The view below is taken from street level,
looking across Junction Bridge to the NW, towards North Junction Street
and Leith Harbour. This photo comes from the same collection as the
photo at the top of this page. It was also taken in 1909:
Acknowledgement: Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:
January 14, 2010
The photo at the top of this page is one of
a series of photos posted onto boards in an old album that Archie Foley
acquired a few years ago. Archie believes that these are likely to
be official photos that probably once belonged to Leith City Council.
Thank you to David King who wrote:
Junction Road Station
"Junction Road Station was an odd station in
one way – although on the maps it looks as though it had a double track
through it, they were in reality two parallel single lines, and the
station only had one platform.
Presumably because of the very tight layout at
North Leith (which became Leith Citadel after nationalisation) passenger
trains both ways used the east track and goods trains used the west track
- reversible running in modern jargon!"
Trinity, Edinburgh: January 24, 201
North Leith Station
Thank you to David for also telling me about a
signal box diagram showing the
track lay-out at
North Leith Station (later, re-named as Leith Citadel Station).
This is one of the many signal box diagrams that
can be found on the Signalbox web
I asked David King what he could tell me about
the railway track that led around to the right after passing under Great
Junction Street and followed the bank of the Water of Leith in this photo.
That's the way the footpath and cycle track now
"The track that curved to the right led to
three sidings which formed the Coal Depot, locally known as ‘the coalie’.
It was entered down a setted ramp from Coburg Street, just about opposite
the junction with Couper Street. (The entrance through the stone wall
along Coburg Street and the ramp are still there.)"
Trinity, Edinburgh: January 25, 201
you to Frank Ferri who wrote:
Station and Coal Yard
lived only 50 yards from here, at Ballantyne Road, from 1939 to 1958.
I remember well when it was a station. The coal yard at the Coalie
belonged to Cormack the coal merchant. I refer to it im my story
relating to the Winter of 1947.
the late-1950s and early-1960s, the upper part of the station was turned
in to a newsagents. Directly across the road from it, there was
another shop overhanging the railway line, selling ladies lingerie."
Newhaven, Edinburgh: January 25, 2011