The Railway Line from
Caledonian Station at Princes Street to

Leith North Station

The line to Trinity Primary School

 

Recollections

1.

Malcolm J B Finlayson

Arbroath, Angus, Scotland

Thank you to Malcolm J B Finlayson who wrote:

The line to Trinity Primary School

"I lived in Craigleith from 1957 to 1962, and occasionally travelled to and from Trinity Academy Primary School via the railway that ran from Caley, Dalry Road, Murrayfield, Craigleith, East Pilton, Granton Road and Newhaven to Leith North Station.

I fondly remember the steam trains which were replaced by diesel railcars in 1958, none of which had any problem with leaves on the line!

On the steam trains, my brother and I sought empty individual compartments where we could lie in the luggage racks without being detected.

I could vouch for the fact that the trains were busy, but Dr Beeching thought otherwise.  Sadly, despite protests, the service was discontinued at the end of  April 1962.

If only the planners had known of the forthcoming increase in road transport, the service would undoubtedly have continued as I'd speculate that at rush hour, passengers would virtually be hanging onto the side of carriages similar to railways in India."

Newhaven Station

"I wonder if anyone is aware of the background behind the recent renovation of Newhaven station?"

Malcolm J B Finlayson, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland:  October 28+30, 2013

Hi Malcolm:

Newhaven Station

I believe that Newhaven Station is being restored externally in the same colour scheme and style of the old station, and on the inside is being converted to private offices.

Newhaven Station was one of the buildings open for Doors Open Day on September 28-29, 2013.  The description of the building in the Cockburn Association's 'Doors Open Booklet' for 2013 says:

Newhaven Station

"In 1879, Newhaven Station was opened along with other stations built for passenger traffic between North Leith and the Caledonian Station, Princes Street. The railway line closed, with the final train leaving the station on the 28th April 1962.

Newhaven is the only survivor of the five Caledonian Railway Stations on the Leith branch line. The aim is to return the buildingís appearance to that of its railway days."

 The Cockburn Association's 'Doors Open Booklet' :  September 2013

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 29, 2013

 

Recollections

2.

Malcolm J B Finlayson

Arbroath, Angus, Scotland

Thank you to Malcolm for writing again about the closure of the line from 'The Caley' station at Princes Street to Leith North station.

Malcolm wrote:

The line to Trinity Primary School

"The last passenger train on this line ran on 28 April 1962.  I was at Craigleith station that day to see the last train go through.

I asked at the ticket office for any materials, and the porter gave me a porter's cap badge as a souvenir. He was a really nice guy, and knew me as a regular passenger."

Malcolm J B Finlayson, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland:  October 30, 2013

 

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