Blackford Hill railway station

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This article is about the former Edinburgh station. For the former Blackford station in Perth and Kinross, see Scottish Central Railway.
Blackford Hill
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Blackford Hill Station in 1962
Location
Place Newington, Edinburgh
Area City of Edinburgh
Operations
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping LNER
Scottish Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
1 December 1884 Opened
10 September 1962 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Coordinates: 55°55′38″N 3°11′15″W / 55.927346°N 3.187521°W / 55.927346; -3.187521

Blackford Hill railway station was a railway station in the Blackford area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was located at the foot of Blackford Hill on the Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway (ESSJR). It was opened on 1 December 1884.

Blackford Hill station closed in 1962, when passenger rail services were withdrawn from the Edinburgh Suburban line although the line itself was retained for rail freight use.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
Morningside Road   Edinburgh Suburban and
Southside Junction Railway

North British Railway
  Newington
Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
East Coast Main Line
Portobello (E&DR)
Portobello East Junction
Niddrie South Junction
Piershill
Newcraighall
East Coast Main Line
Abbeyhill
Waverley Line
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
Caledonian Main Line

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reopening the South Sub". Transform Scotland. March 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Public Petitions Committee Official Report". Scottish Parliament. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2010.