Thank you to Michael Stewart
for allowing me to reproduce photos of some of the items in his
impressive collection of railway tickets. Please scroll down this
page to see the tickets, or click here to
Granton Gas Works
The first ticket below is for workers travelling from Princes Street
Station, Edinburgh to the station at Granton Gas Works beside the Firth
of Forth. The gas works and station opened around 1900. The
station remained open to passengers until 1942 and continued to be used
for freight services until 1986.
Granton Gas Works Station
The fare between Davidson's Mains and Barnton, at the western end of
the line was 1d in 1906. By 1934, the fare had become 2d.
Barnton station building is
still standing, at the corner of Whitehouse Road and Queensferry Road in
the western suburbs of Edinburgh. It has now been converted to
shops. Passenger services on this line
ended on 7 May 1951.
Davidson's Mains Station
Most of the tickets below
are THIRD CLASS, thought there are a couple of FIRST CLASS, including
one from Leith to Granton Road for 2d.
The cheapest ticket below was issued at the other end of this line
for a child travelling THIRD CLASS from Craigleith to Edinburgh (Princes
Street): Fare 1/2d.
The most expensive tickets were for an adult travelling:
- FIRST CLASS from Newhaven to London, 32s 8d
- THIRD CLASS from Newhaven to London, 21s 10d
Caledonian Railway stations must have kept a very wide range of
pre-printed tickets. There is one for a 'Bicycle, Perambulator or
Mail Cart' travelling between Edinburgh BO (What is
BO?) and Penrith.
The only ticket below that they were not able to provide pre-printed
was for a 'Bicycle, Perambulator or Mail Cart' travelling between
Edinburgh Princes Street Station and Cruden Bay. That one had to
When I used to collect train tickets as a child in the 1950s, I used
to buy occasional CHILD tickets for short first class journeys in the
hope that I might be the first to be issued with that ticket and that I
would be given ticket no 0000 or 0001 - but usually there was no ticket
printed for the route, so I was given a hand-written ticket.
What are the small numbers beside the station names on many of the