St Leonards railway station (Scotland)

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St Leonards
The Engine Shed, St. Leonard's Edinburgh.jpg
Surviving goods shed
General information
Location Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
Other information
Original company Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
2 June 1832Opened
1 June 1860Reopened
30 September 1860Closed to passengers - site reused as a goods depot
1968Goods depot closed

St. Leonards railway station is a closed railway station in St Leonard's, Edinburgh, on the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. It was Edinburgh's first railway 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 between 1 June 1860 and 30 September 1860 when a service was temporarily re-introduced from St. Leonard's to Dalkeith, Portobello and Leith, but it closed again within a few months. The railhead continued to see heavy use in its original intended role as a coal yard until 1968. [1]

Both the coal depot and part of the railway line have been redeveloped as housing. The goods shed is the only surviving building; it has been designated a Category B listed building by Historic Environment Scotland. [2] Since 2019, it has been used as a whisky and gin distillery with an accompanying visitor centre. [3] The remaining trackbed is now a footpath and cycle path, forming part of the National Cycle Network Route 1. [4]

A 1905 Railway Clearing House diagram of Edinburgh railways, showing the location of St Leonards railway station Edinburgh- Granton- Haymarket & Leith RJD 27.jpg
A 1905 Railway Clearing House diagram of Edinburgh railways, showing the location of St Leonards railway station

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  2. "St Leonard's Lane, St Leonard's Station Including Outbuilding at Gate and Gatepiers". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  3. Andy Gemmell, Andy (7 July 2019). "Drink with Andy Gemmell: Holyrood Distillery". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  4. Lewis, Mike (August 2020). "Edinburgh Bike Paths: A Cyclist's Guide". Cycling Edinburgh. Retrieved 2 December 2022.

Coordinates: 55°56′33″N3°10′33″W / 55.9426°N 3.1757°W / 55.9426; -3.1757