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Railway Crossing West Harbour Road

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Approaching Granton Square

This view looks to the west along West Harbour Road, Granton, towards the lighthouse
'Railway Shed No.2', the larger building on the left, has now become a storage building iat Waugh's scrap yard.

The railway line crossing West Harbour Road and approaching the entrance to Granton Harbour at Granton Square

 WAC Smith, Glasgow

 

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   The railway line crossing West Harbour Road and approaching the entrance to Granton Harbour at Granton Square

 

Granton Railways and Harbour

Thank you to WAC Smith for allowing me to reproduce this photograph of the last open railway crossing across a public road, with no gates, in Edinburgh.

This atmospheric photo shows a train approaching Granton Harbour from the SW on the former Caledonian railway lines, and crossing West Harbour Road.

The train has almost reached the entrance to Granton Middle Pier at Granton Square.

The shed on the left of the picture is still in place today, 2007, as part of Waugh's scrap yard.  It may not remain much longer, as there are plans for much of the land around to be re-developed as part of Edinburgh's Waterfront developments.

 Edinburgh Waterfront  -  William Waugh scrap yard  -  July 2006

The lighthouse in the background, behind the engine is also still standing.  Until recently it was used by Northern Lighthouse Board for testing their equipment.

Edinburgh Marathon  -  June 2004  -  Passing the Lighthouse

The map below shows Granton Harbour in earlier days.

1870

  1_map_edinburgh_1870_north-west.htm#start

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Passing Waugh's Scrap Yard  -  Around 1979-80

A short train (Class 37 loco with a truck) passes beside Waugh's Scrap Yard at West Harbour
Road, close to Granton Square.  The building on the left in this photo is the old Custom House.

A Class 37 loco and truck passes beside Waugh's Scrap Yard at West Harbour Road, Granton.  This photo was taken, looking west from West Harbour Road, beside Granton Square

  Steven Wakefield, Wigan, Greater Manchester::  December 30, 2013 (2 emails)                                                Photo taken 1979-80

 

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Steven Wakefield

Wigan, Greater Manchester, England

Photo 2

Thank you to Steven Wakefield for sending me the photo above of a train passing beside Waugh's scrap yard at Granton.  The photo was taken looking east from West Harbour Road, beside Granton Square, around 1979-80.

More Photos

Photo 2 above was amongst a small set of his photos that Steven found on a recent return visit to Edinburgh.  The others in the set were of the railway about half a mile further east:

 at Trinity Bridge

The 'track lifting' train crosses Trinity Bridge, a short distance to the wesst of Trinity Station on the line to Granton Harbour, 1986

and on the embankment between Granton and Trinity stations

Railway line to the west of Trinity Bridge, between Trinity and Granton Stations, 1986  -  as the railway lines were being lifted

 as the railway lines were being lifted in 1986.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  December 31, 2013

 

 

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