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Railways

1958

British Railways Adverts

THE DIESELS ARE HERE

on MONDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 1958

A diesel train service will be introduced

between

CORSTORPHINE,

WAVERLEY

and

NORTH BERWICK

EXHIBITION OF DIESEL RAILCARS

Members of the public are invited to inspect the new diesel railcars at Waverley Station, Platform 5 between 1pm and 6pm on Tuesday 28 January.

LOOK OUT FOR FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION OF FURTHER DIESEL TRAIN SERVICES IN THE EDINBURGH AREA.

A CAPITAL SERVICE ...

... FOR THE CAPITAL

BRITISH RAILWAYS

Evening Dispatch:  Jan 27 1958, p.1

 

 

ANOTHER NEW DIESEL SERVICE

on MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 1958

WAVERLEY - PEEBLES -

GALASHIELS

GREATLY IMPROVED SERVICES

The Corstorphine / Waverley / North Berwick diesel service is already in operation.  Full details can be obtained at stations and agencies.

BRITISH RAILWAYS

Evening Dispatch:  February 12, 1958, p.1

 

 

STILL ANOTHER NEW DIESEL SERVICE

on MONDAY 5TH MAY 1958

between

PRINCES STREET

and

LEITH (NORTH)

(27 trains in each direction)

Diesel trains are already in operation between Corstorphine, Waverley and North Berwick and Waverley and Galashiels via Peebles.

Full details of all these services can be obtained
at stations and agencies

BRITISH RAILWAYS

Evening Dispatch:  April 30 1958, p.1

 

 

NEW DIESEL SERVICES

on MONDAY 9TH JUNE 1958

Diesel services will be introduced between

EDINBURGH SUBURBAN STATIONS

and BETWEEN

EDINBURGH and MUSSELBURGH

with
MORE TRAINS ON EACH ROUTE

Diesel trains are already in operation between Corstorphine, Waverley and North Berwick, between Waverley and Galashiels via Peebles and between Princes Street and Leith (North).

Full details of all these services
can be obtained at stations.

BRITISH RAILWAYS

Evening Dispatch:  June 6 1958,

 

 

Newspapers - 1958

The adverts above appeared in the Evening Dispatch in 1958

Please click here to read other extracts from the paper in 1958.

 

Reply

1.

John Simpson

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Thank you to John Simpson for sending the comments below.

John wrote:

Before 1958

"I question the year that diesel services were introduced. You show 1958, but I think that should be 1956.

I was at the introduction display at Waverley.  I recall that one of the trains had an accident before the service started and also shortly after the test runs of the Glasgow units commenced.

My reason for questioning the year is that I left Edinburgh in October 1956 just prior to the end of the Edinburgh trams. *** "

John Simpson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada:  September 19, 2010

***  The last tram ran in Edinburgh on November 16, 1956.

Edinburgh-Glasgow Service

January 1957

The railway adverts above suggest that diesel multiple unit services in Edinburgh might have commenced in 1958.

This was the case for the Edinburgh Suburban line and several other services.  However, at least one service (Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street) began to use Diesel Multiple Units earlier.

This Class 126 web site refers to Diesel Multiple Units being introduced on the Edinburgh to Glasgow service in January 1957.

Reply

2.

Alan Grieve

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Thank you to Alan Grieve who replied:

Trials

"John Simpson raises the question of the DMUs being introduced to Edinburgh in 1956, not 1958 as shown in the Evening Dispatch adverts

There was a short trial on the Corstorphine-North Berwick and Galashiels to Peebles routes in 1956  with Metro-Cammell twin set E79055/E79261 from East Anglia. I remember being very excited by the chance to ride on this set from Musselburgh to Edinburgh one day.

However the steam trains still worked the Musselburghs, the North Berwicks and the Suburban services in 1957 as I used them for my first year at work from January 1957.

It was early 1957 when the Swindon Inter-city sets took over the Glasgow route, but the dates you show for full dieselisation of the local services are correct. Full details can be found on the Railcar web site."

Trials

"Incidentally from my house in Inveresk we kept hearing these two-tone horns during 1956 and 1957 and my mother was very curious as we had never heard anything like it before.

It was, of course, diesel units on the main line passing Monktonhall Junction and Inveresk station on 'driver training' turns as the men were trained up to take over the steam services.

I think they may have used the old Aberlady branch for training purposes."

Alan Grieve, Minehead, Somerset, England:  October 7, 2010

Reply

3.

John Wilson

Slateford, Edinburgh

Thank you to Alan Grieve who replied:

Adverts

"The adverts above quote the wording on the original adverts (with one error that John has pointed out ++) but these are not the original adverts.  The originals included an image of a diesel train.

In fact, the advert for the introduction of diesel trains to Musselburgh and the south side circle in June 1958 gives wording about diesel trains already running (from earlier in 1958) to "...North Berwick, between Waverley and Galashiels via Peebles and between Princes Street and Leith North

John Wilson, Slateford, Edinburgh:  Jan 20 + Mar 29, 2015

Correction

++ Thank  you John for pointing out an error in the wording above.  I had typed Leith Walk instead of Leith (North) in the last of the adverts above.  I've now corrected that.

 

 

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