Craiglockhart railway station

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Craiglockhart Station
Site of Craiglockhart Station, Edinburgh.jpg
Site of Craiglockhart Station (disused)
Location
PlaceCraiglockhart, Edinburgh
AreaCity of Edinburgh
Operations
Pre-groupingNorth British Railway
Post-groupingLNER
Scottish Region of British Railways
Platforms2
History
1 December 1884Opened
10 September 1962Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Coordinates: 55°55′41″N 3°13′42″W / 55.9280°N 3.2284°W / 55.9280; -3.2284

Craiglockhart Railway Station was a railway station in Scotland on the Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway (SSJR). It was opened on 1 December 1884. Located on Colinton Road next to the Myreside Aqueduct of the Union Canal, it served the Craiglockhart area of Edinburgh, in the south-west of the city.

Craiglockhart station closed in 1962, when passenger rail services were withdrawn from the Edinburgh Suburban line although the line itself was retained for rail freight use. The route continues to be used for freight services to this day, so freight trains avoid Edinburgh's main stations of Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket, and occasionally diverted passenger trains also pass along this line.

A 1905 Railway Clearing House diagram of Edinburgh railways, with the SSJR (in blue along the bottom)

Future[edit]

A local campaigning group, the Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG), is running a campaign for the SSJR line to be re-opened to passenger services, and proposes that it should be operated either as a commuter rail service or as a light rail system to form an extension of the forthcoming Edinburgh Tram Network.[1] Following a petition submitted to the Scottish Parliament in 2007, the proposal was rejected in 2009 by transport planners due to anticipated cost.[2]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Gorgie East   Edinburgh Suburban and
Southside Junction Railway

North British Railway
  Morningside Road
Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
UpperRight arrow East Coast Main Line
Portobello (E&DR)
Portobello East Junction
Niddrie South Junction
Piershill
Newcraighall
LowerRight arrow East Coast Main Line
Abbeyhill
Down arrow Waverley Line
LowerLeft arrow Innocent Railway
Duddingston
& Craigmillar
Waverley
Newington
Blackford Hill
Haymarket Tunnel
Morningside Road
Haymarket
Craiglockhart
Haymarket
East Junction
Myreside Aqueduct
(Union Canal)
Gorgie East
Craiglockhart Junction
Slateford Junction
Down arrow Caledonian Main Line

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reopening the South Sub" (PDF). Transform Scotland. March 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Public Petitions Committee Official Report". Scottish Parliament. 27 January 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2010.