Slateford railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Slateford National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Àth na Sglèata
Entrance to Slateford station - - 2296594.jpg
Place Slateford
Local authority Edinburgh
Coordinates 55°55′35″N 3°14′39″W / 55.9265°N 3.2441°W / 55.9265; -3.2441Coordinates: 55°55′35″N 3°14′39″W / 55.9265°N 3.2441°W / 55.9265; -3.2441
Grid reference NT223710
Station code SLA
Managed by ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 18,158
2005/06 Decrease 17,805
2006/07 Increase 19,861
2007/08 Increase 20,897
2008/09 Increase 20,912
2009/10 Increase 22,736
2010/11 Decrease 21,480
Key dates Opened January 1853[1] (January 1853[1])
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Slateford from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Slateford railway station is a railway station serving Slateford in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located on the Shotts Line from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley via Shotts. The station has two platforms, connected by a stairway footbridge, and CCTV. It is managed by ScotRail.

Slateford station

It is currently served, Monday to Saturday, by one ScotRail service each hour from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley. One train a day from Edinburgh terminates at Motherwell. There is a two-hourly Sunday service from this station to Edinburgh and Glasgow since the 2012 timetable change.

The staple passenger traction calling at this station is the Class 156 "Super Sprinter"; however, a Class 158 can also be seen on the Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley services with sometimes a Class 170 on the local Sunday service to West Calder. As this station lies on the spur of the West Coast Main Line from Carstairs to Edinburgh, a variety of CrossCountry Class 220 "Voyager", Virgin Trains Class 221 "Super Voyager" Class 390"Pendolino" and East Coast Inter City 225 can also be seen.

The line is heavily used by freight, including imported coal from Ayrshire to Drax and Cockenzie, a daily intermodal service, departmental traffic and a daily train of loaded steel to the Dalzell works at Motherwell. Freight trains normally avoid the centre of Edinburgh and the busy station complex at Waverley by using the link from here onto the Edinburgh Suburban Line at Craiglockhart Junction, which also gives access to the marshalling yard at Millerhill.

When first opened by the Caledonian Railway in 1848, the line here ran through to a terminus known as Lothian Road. This was subsequently replaced by a larger depot at Edinburgh Princes Street in 1870, though it was more than twenty years thereafter before the station was fully completed. What is now the main line to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway at Haymarket (originally known as the Duff Street Spur) was opened by the Caledonian company in 1853 and the station along with it.[2] The Caledonian had planned to use this link to access the E&G station at Haymarket and hence run through to Waverley, but it would be another century before this actually came to pass as agreement with the E&G over running powers couldn't be reached, forcing the Caledonian to develop its own terminus instead. The spur remained disused but intact until it was finally completed & commissioned in September 1964.

All passenger services now use this line to reach Waverley, as services over the original route to Princes Street were withdrawn by British Railways on 6 September 1965. Goods traffic ended the following year and the track was then lifted. Much of the formation has been used for road improvements, though the former junction site can still be made out.


  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 213.
  2. ^ Railscot - Edinburgh Station and Branches; Retrieved 2014-01-25


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Haymarket   ScotRail
Shotts Line
North Berwick Line