Merchiston railway station

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Merchiston Station
Site of Merchiston Station (disused).jpg
Site of Merchiston Station (disused)
Location
Place Edinburgh
Area Edinburgh
Coordinates 55°56′05″N 3°13′43″W / 55.934636°N 3.228749°W / 55.934636; -3.228749Coordinates: 55°56′05″N 3°13′43″W / 55.934636°N 3.228749°W / 55.934636; -3.228749
Operations
Original company Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMS
Platforms 2
History
1 July 1882[1] Station opened
6 September 1965[1] Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Merchiston Station was a railway station which served the area of Merchiston in Edinburgh, Scotland, for around eighty years. The station was built by the Caledonian Railway between 1879 and 1883, with the last passenger service in September 1965. The station was demolished shortly afterwards and the track bed has become a footpath.

The station was located in the neighbourhood sometimes known as "North Merchiston" but more commonly as Shandon, and typically taken to be part of the area of Polwarth, rather than Merchiston. Merchiston was also served by Craiglockhart railway station to the south-west of the area, on the North British Railway's Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway.

Construction of the station[edit]

The station was constructed between 1879 and 1883[2] with two platforms and a small overhead footbridge. The station was located around 1 km east of Slateford Station and approximately 2.25 km west of Princes Street Station, at the bottom of Bonaly Place (since renamed Harrison Place).

Closure[edit]

The station closed on 6th September 1965 with services to/from Edinburgh Princes Street diverted to Edinburgh Waverley. After closure the first part of the old line from Princes Street Station became the Western Approach Road, built in the 1970s . The part of the track occupying the former station at Merchiston is now a footpath, extending to a service road leading west to Slateford Yards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, p. 158.
  2. ^ "APPENDIX 1 SHANDON CONSERVATION AREA CHARACTER APPRAISAL". City of Edinburgh Council. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 

Sources[edit]


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Slateford   Caledonian Railway
CR Main Line
  Princes Street
Line and station closed

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