The line to Trinity
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
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."
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