Princes Street Station

Also known as

'The Caley'

 (Caledonian Station)

The station is at the West End, at the northern end of Lothian Road




Sine MacDonald

Thank you to Sine MacDonald who wrote

SS Gulfoss

Sailing from Copenhagen

"There was a ship, S.S. Gulfoss, which travelled between Copenhagen, Leith and Reykjavik during the greater part of the 20th century. I travelled between Copenhagen and Leith on one of its last sailings in September 1973."

Arrival at Leith

"This journey took approx. 48 hours. When we arrived at Leith Docks, our Volvo Amazon was hoisted overboard in some kind of net.  My parents stood on the other side of the wire fencing watching this manoueuvre. As you can imagine our first stop was a car wash after those  hours on the North Sea. 

One of my strongest memories from this journey was approaching the Forth, sailing up towards Leith and feeling the profound historical associations of great people and monarchs of the past making their entry to Scotland."

Sine MacDonald:  August 26, 2010




Bruce Johnstone

Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Bruce Johnstone who wrote:

Model Railway

"At Christmas time, in the early-1950s, there was a large Christmas tree placed in the middle of the concourse at Caledonian Station, with an 'O' gauge railway layout around the tree.

You placed a penny in the box and the train set off around the layout."

Ticket Office

Who remembers it and the circular ticket office?

Nameplate Stamping Machine

"Going through the station on your left there was machine where you could spell out your name on a metal strip a bit like a Dymo machine now.

Railway Equipment  -  A BAC nameplate stamping machine.  These were to be found on many station platforms in the 1950s.

Bruce Johnstone, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:  November 29, 2010



Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Thank you to Allan Dodds who wrote:

Train to Granton Road Station

"As a treat, we would sometimes walk from Heriot's school to the Caley Station at the West End of Princes Street, then board a steam train that took us to Granton Road Station for tuppence.

It was a pleasant change from the No 23 or 27 tram that we could have got from door to door."

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  December 17, 2010



David Taylor

Suffolk, England

Thank you to David Taylor who also remembers this machine:

Railway Equipment  -  A BAC nameplate stamping machine.  These were to be found on many station platforms in the 1950s.

David wrote

Nameplate Stamping Machine

"I too remember the 'Tinny' machine in the Caley Station, I would cut through the station from the Lothian Road entrance and the machine was to the left."

Bus to School

"I used the machine once, having saved the pennies from my bus fare from Fountainbridge out to Ferry Rd Grove via the West End

At age 8 or 9, I used to take a bus (single decker to fit under the double bridges near Crewe Toll) to the West End, and then a bus up to Fountainbridge for Tollcross School."

David Taylor, Suffolk, England:  August + September 1, 2011




Patrick Lindsay

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Thank you to Patrick Lindsay for posting a message about Caledonian Railway tickets in  the EdinPhoto Guestbook.

At the end of his message, Patrick wrote:


Princes Street Station

"I'm wondering if any of the readers may have info or photos taken inside Edinburgh Princes Street Station, especially along the left curving wall where I'm sure, as a mall boy in the mid-1950s, I saw cased working loco models including the big Duchess express locos.  These ran like the ones in the museum when you put some money in."

Acknowledgement:  Patrick Lindsay, Perth, Western Australia, Australia:
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, September 27, 2012



Linda Turner

Thank you to Linda Turner who wrote:

Christmas Tree

"I remember the model train running round the huge Christmas Tree at Caledonian Station in the 1950's."

Christmas Visit

"My grandma would meet the train from Manchester when we came to spend Christmas and Hogmanay with her and grandad. We always travelled back to granny's house in Westfield Street, Gorgie by taxi."

LInda Turner:  June 15, 2015


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