A train passes

Granton Square

and crosses West Harbour Road
on its approach to Texaco Terminal, Granton

A train heading for Texaco Terminus at Granton passes Granton Square  -  1980

Oil Train at Texaco Sidings, Granton  -  1980

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Kenneth G Williamson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh




Kenneth G Williamson

Silverknowes, Edinburgh

 Granton Railway  -  Texaco Sidings

Thank you to Kenneth G Williamson for sending me this picture of an oil train destined for the Texaco sidings on the old Caledonian Railway line at Granton.

Here, the train passes the entrance to Middle Pier at Granton Square and crosses West Harbour Road on its final approach to the Texaco sidings at Granton.

Kenneth wrote:

Fuel for Prestwick

"This loco is taking tank cars to the Texaco sidings to collect aviation fuel destined for Prestwick.  I don't know if it is true but the story goes that as a result of the decision to transfer the fuel by road, the railway was eventually torn up.

I remember the siding into Waugh's scrap yard being isolated when the rails were lifted.  The diesel shunter used by Texaco is now at Bo'ness."

Kenneth G Williamson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh:  January 10, 2010,


In this photo, we zoom-out to get a better view of the road beside the train, leading to Granton Harbour:

A train passes Granton Harbour and crosses West Harbour Road on its final approach to the Texaco sidings at Granton




Andy Merrylees

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Thank you to Andy Merrylees who replied:

Texaco Sidings

"I think Kenneth is correct in saying that the rails were torn up as they started transporting the fuel by road.

I was working with another welder on a pipe job at the Granton Gas Works that year, and that's what my boss told us. So there is some truth to it."

Andy Merrylees, Burnaby. British Columbia, Canada:  January 12, 2010



Patrick Hutton

New Town, Edinburgh

Thank you to Patrick Hutton who wrote:

Texaco Depot at Granton

"I always understood that the 'Texaco' - should it be Shell?*** - depot at Granton Gas Works was (latterly) for naphtha going in, not aviation spirit going out to Prestwick.

For that matter, avgas is still taken from Grangemouth to Prestwick by rail.  You may remember that this train derailed and caught fire not so long ago."

Patrick Hutton, New Town, Edinburgh:  January 15, 2010

***   Answer

No, it was Texaco, not Shell.

I met Kenneth Williamson at the old Granton Gas Works station on March 23, 2011.

Kenneth Williamson tells a group from the Cockburn Association about the history of Granton Gas Works Station.  This photo was taken from the lower level of the building, standing on one of the old platforms

He told me that it was definitely the Texaco Depot, and that Shell had no rail connection into its depot at Granton.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  March 24, 2011


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