'The Beeching Cuts'
Leith North Service
"The 'Reshaping of British Railways' report,
one element of which proposed rail service withdrawals - 'Beeching cuts'
in the vernacular - was published in March 1963.
Withdrawal of the Leith North service in
April 1962 obviously preceded the Beeching cuts. The intention of
service withdrawal was decided in 1961."
Diesel Multiple Units
"Diesel train operation on local rail
services around Edinburgh - extending as far as Galashiels via Peebles
and to North Berwick - took place in 1958, with some increase in service
(significant in some cases) in a last effort by BR to stimulate usage
That did not materialise to the extent
hoped, and - no doubt the lines seen as having weakest performance - the
service to Galashiels via Peebles was withdrawn in February 1962, that
from Princes Street Station to Leith North in April 1962, and the
services to Bonnyrigg and Rosewell and on the South Side Circle in
The withdrawal of these services therefore
had nothing whatsoever to do with "the Beeching cuts".
John S Wilson, Slateford, Edinburgh: 17 October 2018