St Leonards (Edinburgh) railway station

in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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20 St Leonard's Bank, Edinburgh EH8 9SQ, UK
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N55° 56' 33.36" W3° 10' 32.52"   (55.9426, -3.1757)
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St. Leonards railway station is a closed railway station on the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. It was Edinburgh's first station. The railway was built in 1831 to transport coal from the mining towns south of the city; and the following year opened passenger services. St. Leonards was the terminus for the south of the city and was named after the nearby region.
Passenger services ceased in 1846, when the North British Railway opened a station at North Bridge which later developed into Waverley station. Services from Dalkeith were re-routed via Portobello. The station reopened briefly in 1860, but closed again within a few months. The railhead continued to see heavy use in its original intended role as a coal yard, until the area was redeveloped in the early 1960s.
Both the coal depot and the railway line are now gone, but the route of the line can still be followed, protected from development by the construction of a cycle path where the tracks ran.


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St Leonards (Edinburgh) railway station

Address: 20 St Leonard's Bank, Edinburgh EH8 9SQ, UK