Edinburgh Transport - Railways
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Photographer and date of photo not known
The Caledonian Railway line from
Edinburgh Princes Street Station to Balerno opened in 1874. The line
followed the water of Leith. There were stations at Colinton and
Here is a photo of Balerno station, at the end of the line. The
setting looks very rural, though it is only a few miles from the centre of
Thank you to Leslie John Thomson who read the comment above and
"With regards to the Caledonian Railway's
Balerno branch; you maintain that Balerno station was at the end of
the line. In fact, the line looped back to the West Coast Main Line at
Ravelrig Junction, and there was one more station, Ravelrig Platform.
In fact, Ravelrig Platform was a complete
misnomer. It had two platforms. It was apparently mostly used by
golfers, although quarry workers may have used the station as well. The
station closed in 1920."
Leslie John Thomson: February 21, 2010
Thank you to Niall Melles who added
"The information about Ravelrig Platform
in 'Reply 1' above
is incorrect. Ravelrig Platform (technically Ravelrig Halt) was on the
Caledonian main line slightly to the west of Ravelrig Junction and not on
the branch itself. That's why it had two platforms. The branch
line was single track at that point.
There is a photograph in 'The
Balerno Branch and the Caley in Edinburgh' which clearly shows that the
two platforms are located in a cutting on double track.
There is a photograph in
claims to show Ravelrig Platform. However, having walked the branch on
many occasions over the last 28 years, I can say that the location shown
in this photo is the end of a siding, parallel to the branch, which
served as a loading platform for the quarries.
The heap of spoil, referred
to on the
site appears to be the remains of earth-filled sleeper-stop at the end of
Niall Melles: April 27, 2010
Date of the Photo
This photograph is a
reproduction of a postcard by Lens of Sutton. It appeared in
Donald Shaw's book 'The Balerno Branch and the Caley in Edinburgh'
(Oakwood Press and D Shaw, 1989) ISBN 0 85361 366 4
In this book Donald comments
that the station master and porter's house is on the left.
If you can estimate the approximate date of of the photo of Balerno
Station at the top of this page, please
Possibly around 1910
I believe that the photograph above may have
been taken around 1910. My reason for thinking this is that I
have copy of another photograph of Balerno Station. It has a train
at the platform and is said to have been taken around 1922. The
scene is similar to that in the photo above, but the tree close to the
centre of the picture above is considerably smaller than in the 'other
I will add the 'other view' to
the web site if I can get copyright permission to do so.
Balerno History and Postcards
Thank you to Ian Williams, now living in Glenrothes, Fife for telling me
that he believes the the name of the stationmaster in the postcard above
was Mr Bishop.
Ian also asked a couple of
questions about Balerno. If you are able to provide any answers,
e-mail me so that I can pass on details to him.
- Peter Stubbs
from Ian Williams
1. There was a later
Balerno Station postcard which was displayed in Mr. Little's window at
Balerno Post Office.
moved away from Balerno in 1939 without buying a copy before we left.
I would give my right arm for a copy because the family waiting for the
train are the Williams family who lived at 5 Deanpark Cottages, now a bus-stop.
Does anyone have a copy of this
2. There used to be a local historian in
Currie called John Tweedie. He died some time ago. Do you know
if there is a copy of his papers left somewhere? It would be
good to be able to trace them.
Thank you to John Scott, local historian,
Balerno, for answering question 2 above. John writes:
"John Tweedie papers are held in the Archive Department of Heriot
Watt, University, on their Riccarton Campus."
John Scott, Local Historian, Balerno, Edinburgh,
April 8, 2006