East Pilton

Opened: 1st December, 1934.
Closed: 30th April, 1962.

Forming an Edinburgh Princes Street to Leith North train, a Gloucester RCW (TOPS Class 100) 2-car DMU stops at East Pilton Station on 28th April, 1962, the final day of passenger services on the line. The station served the large engineering works of Bruce Peebles & Co. (visible behind the train), and opened in 1934. [G.M. Staddon/N.E. Stead collection]

Leith Western Harbour

Here's an interesting photo from the RailScot web-site today, showing the Western Harbour at Leith viewed from Lindsay Road in 1962. With Birmingham RCW Type 2 (TOPS Class 26) No. D5308 at the rear, English Electric Type 4 (TOPS Class 40) No. D368 eases the empty stock of the Royal Train into a temporary platform constructed near Leith North terminus on 16th October, 1962, ready to convey King Olav of Norway on his state visit journey to Princes Street Station, where he was met by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The fleet of Edinburgh Corporation Transport double-decker buses in the background had brought schoolchildren to the docks to act as a welcoming party for the King. The long quayside in the background is where the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Ocean terminal are situated today. The scene has changed utterly, but it's still not a very bonnie location. I wonder if King Olav was impressed? [Frank Spaven Collection/David Spaven]

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Ex-LMSR Class 4 2-6-4T No. 42271 enters Newhaven Station with a Leith North to Edinburgh Princes Street train on 11th February, 1961. The service was steam-hauled on this day due to an international rugby match at Murrayfield. The two tracks running to the left of the station are goods lines to Leith Western Docks. [W.S. Sellar]

Leith North

Ex-Caledonian Railway 92 Class (LMSR Class 2P) 0-4-4T No. 55124 stands at Leith North Station at the head of the Branch Line Society The Pentland and Tinto Express railtour on 30th September, 1961. Full details of the railtour can be found here. [David Anderson]

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