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An early form of Block working was introduced to control traffic passing through Box Tunnel by the Great Western Railway in 1847.

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County pages contain details of Industrial and other Private lines that do not form part of any of the principally listed companies on this web site. RailRefs generally remain un-numbered in the county lists.

In the list below the information is set out in tabular form, spread over four columns. The column entries are -

RailRef The Line Code used in RailRef system.
Line Detail The principal locations included within the Line Code. They are arranged in 'down' direction order. Locations shown are primarily stations and junctions to allow easy cross check against published atlases. Signal box names appear in italics where these are 'intermediate' to stations or have been shown to facilitate links from other pages on this web site. The inclusion of a station or junction name does not imply that there was always a signal box of that same name!
SBR The section reference used in the relevant Signal Box Register published by the Society.
ELR The corresponding Engineer's Line Reference(s). This will be blank for railways that never came within British Railways terms of reference. It will also be blank where British Railways had no surviving responsibility for infrastructure at the time the ELR system came into use.

RailRef Line Detail SBR ELR

Granton Gas Works
Pilton West (Gas Works) Junction CA114
Workman's Platform
Timber Yards
Breakwater (crosses CA114)
Sawmill
Granton Station Junction NB119
NT 226 768. Edinburgh & Leith Corporations Gas Commissioners. Opened 1902 until 1920; then Edinburgh Corporation Gas Department until 1949; then Scottish Gas Board until 1972; then British Gas Corporation, Scottish Region. Closed 1986. See entry in 1915 Caledonian Appendix No.39. Private locomotives in use. Also narrow gauge. See British Railways Illustrated for December 2013.
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ENTRIES BELOW ALL HAD THEIR OWN LOCOMOTIVES

Carberry Colliery, Whitecraig
Off
NT 364 700. Deans & moore until 1900; then Edinburgh Collieries Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2. Closed 1960.
   

Wallyford Colliery, Wallyford
Off
NT 370 721. Deans & moore until 1900; then Edinburgh Collieries Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2. Latterly wagon works. Closed 1962.
   

Burghlee (Loanhead) Colliery, Loanhead
Off
NT 276 648. then Shotts Iron Co Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2.
   

Ramsay Colliery, Loanhead
Off
NT 284 658. then Shotts Iron Co Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2. Closed 1965.
   

Roslin Colliery, near Loanhead
Off
NT 263 635. then Shotts Iron Co Ltd; then NCB Area 2.
   

Arniston Colliery, Gorebridge
Off
NT 336 620. John Christie until c1869; then John Christie & Co; then Arniston Coal Co Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2. Closed 1962.
   

Clippens Limestone & Oil Works, Loanhead
Off
Bairds & Scottish Steel Ltd (subsidiary of Shotts Iron Co Ltd. Closed 1961.
   

Gavieside Refinery, near West Calder
Off
NT 013 642. Oakbank Oil Co Ltd (subsidiary of Scottish Oils Ltd); then British Petroleum Ltd. Demolished 1963.
   

Oakbank Refinery, Midcalder
Off
NT 069 661. Oakbank Oil Co Ltd (subsidiary of Scottish Oils Ltd); then British Petroleum Ltd. Closed 1932.
   

Pumpherston Oil Works, Pumpherston, near Midcalder
Off
NT 075 (or 073) 696. Young's Paraffin, Light & Mineral Oil Co Ltd; then British Petroleum Ltd. Closed 1964. Reopened 1975.
   

Esk Paper Mills, Penicuik
Off
NT 243 602. James Brown & Co Ltd. Rail traffic ceased 1967 on closure of Penicuik Branch by BR.
   

Kinleith Paper Mills
Off
NT 189 679. Henry Bruce & Sons Ltd.
   

Valleyfield Paper Mills, Penicuik
Off
NT 238 598. Alex Cowan & Sons Ltd. Rail traffic ceased 1967 on closure of Penicuik Branch by BR.
   

Holmes Depot, East Calder
Off
Edinburgh Corporation Lighting & Cleansing Department
   

Camps Rubbish Shoot, near East Calder
Off
Edinburgh Corporation Lighting & Cleansing Department
   

New Street Gas Works
Off
Edinburgh & Leith Gas Commissioners. Closed 1902, presumably replaced by Granton Gas Works.
   

Leven Seat Quarry & Lime Works
Off
NS 940 595. P Mitchell & Sons until 1932; then Glenboig Union Fire Clay Co Ltd. Rail traffic ceased by 1963. Also narrow gauge.
   

Musselburgh
Off
Inveresk Paper Co Ltd. Closed 1971.
   

Lady Victoria Colliery, aka Newbattle Colliery
Off
NT 3370 6350. Opened 1798. Marquis of Lothian until 1890; then Lothian Coal Co Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2. Closed 1967. Included Lingerwood Colliery. Now site of National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange, Midlothian EH22 4QN.
   

Polton Colliery
Off
NT 310 644. Polton Colliery Co until 1890; then Lothian Coal Co Ltd. Closed c1930.
   

Whitehill Colliery, Rosewell
Off
NT 286 622. Archibald Hood until 1890; then Lothian Coal Co Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2. Closed 1961.
   

London Road Foundry, Edinburgh
Off
NT 275 745. Miller & Co Ltd.
   

Newbattle Disposal Point
Off
NT 330 638. Ministry of Fuel & Power, Directorate of Opencast Coal Production until 1952; then NCB. Closed 1961.
   

Esperton Limeworks, Gorebridge
Off
Peter Mitchell & Sons Ltd. Also narrow gauge.
   

Dalkeith Colliery, Dalkeith
Off
A G Moore & Co Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2.
   

Edmonstone Colliery, near Gilmerton
Off
Niddrie Coal Co until c1882; then Niddrie & Benhar Coal Co Ltd. Closed by 1926.
   

Newcraighall Colliery, Portobello
Off
NT 317 719. Niddrie Coal Co until c1882; then Niddrie & Benhar Coal Co Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2.
   

Niddrie Colliery
Off
NT 309 718. Niddrie Coal Co until c1882; then Niddrie & Benhar Coal Co Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2. Colliery closed 1926 but loco shed, workshops and landsale yard remained in use.
   

Woolmet Colliery, Millerhill
Off
NT 313 700. Niddrie Coal Co until c1882; then Niddrie & Benhar Coal Co Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 2.
   

Wheatfield Road, Edinburgh
Off
NT 228 725. North British Distillery Co Ltd.
   

Vogrie Colliery, Gorebridge
Off
Vogrie Colliery Co Ltd until 1907; then Gavin Paul & Sons.
   

Granton, Edinburgh
Off
Bruce Peebles & Co Ltd. Overhead wire system dismanted 1961.
   

St Andrews Steelwork, Albion Road, Edinburgh
Off
NT 272 748. Redpath Brown & Co (later Ltd); then Redpath-Dorman Long Ltd. Closed 1969.
   

Leith
Off
NT 276 764. J & J A Cunningham; then Scottish Agricultural Industries Ltd (subsidiary of ICI) registered 1928.
   

Dalmore Mills, Milton Bridge, near Penicuik
Off
NT 235 616. William Somerville & Son Ltd.
   

Portobello Power Station, Edinburgh
Off
NT 299 742. Edinburgh Corporation Electricity Department until 1948; then South of Scotland Electricity Board.
   

Addiewell Chemical & Paraffin Works and Shale Mine, Addiewell, near West Calder
Off
NS 996 625. Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Co Ltd. Closed 1956. Also narrowgauge inside pits.
   

Loganlea Colliery, near Addiewell
Off
NT 976 620. Loganlea Coal Co Ltd until 1902; then United Collieries Ltd until 1947; then NCB Area 4. Closed 1959.
   

 




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