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The Balerno Loop was a branch line off the main Carstairs to Edinburgh West Coast Main line between Ravelrig and Slateford in the western suburbs of Edinburgh. The principal engineering work was the Colinton Tunnel, also known as the Water of Leith Tunnel and the Dell Tunnel, which was 153 yards long. The line opened in 1874, mostly to serve Balerno itself, but around 1890 the development of Colinton added considerably to the traffic on the branch. The passenger traffic declined after World War I, however, and passenger service was withdrawn between Balerno and Ravelrig on the outbreak of World War II on 11 September 1939. Passenger traffic on the rest of the line between Balerno and Slateford was withdrawn in 1943, although closure of the Balerno Loop to passengers did not get official sanction until 13 June 1949.
Map of the Balerno Loop on the West Coast Main Line
Postcard view of Juniper Green station with St. Margaret's Church in the background, in around 1910
"Scottish Rambler" special at Colinton Station behind BR Standard Class "2-MT" No. 78046 on 4 April 1965. Image from Wikipedia copyright George Robin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Balerno station in a postcard view of around 1910
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