A train passes
and crosses West
on its approach to Texaco Terminal, Granton
A train heading for Texaco Terminus at Granton passes Granton
Square - 1980
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Kenneth G Williamson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh
Kenneth G Williamson
Railway - Texaco
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.
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
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,
photo, we zoom-out to get a better view of the road beside the train,
leading to Granton Harbour:
Burnaby, British Columbia,
Thank you to Andy Merrylees who replied:
"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
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
Patrick Hutton, New Town, Edinburgh:
January 15, 2010
No, it was Texaco, not Shell.
I met Kenneth Williamson at the old Granton Gas Works
station on March 23, 2011.
He told me that it was definitely the Texaco Depot, and
that Shell had no rail connection into its depot at
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
March 24, 2011