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Lost Railways of the Lothians

Lost Railways of the Lothians

Lost Railways of the Lothians Lost Railways of the Lothians. With Edinburgh as its hub, the combined area of West, Mid and East Lothian once had a considerable railway network. This was largely because, during the nineteenth century, competition between the Caledonian and North British railways was intense and many lines and stations were built which were never really viable. A prime example of this was the grand Leith Central Station, which never realised its full potential. On the other hand, the activities of the railway companies did result in the engineering triumph of the Forth Bridge. By the 1920s bus services began to encroach on the railways' market and by the 1960s many lines were being swept away by the Beeching cuts. Edinburgh especially suffered and virtually all of its suburban services disappeared. However, in this history of the counties' railway network, accompanied by around fifty-two period photographs, these services and the railway way of life are remembered. Stations featured include: Aberlady, Abbeyhill, Armadale, Auchendinny, Bangour, Barnton, Bathgate Upper, Bathgate Lower, Bonnyrigg, Colinton, Dalmeny, Dalry Road, Davidson's Mains, East Fortune, Easter Road, Fauldhouse & Crofthead, Fountainhall, Gifford, Glencorse, Gorebridge, Gorgie East, Granton Gasworks, Granton Road, Heriot, Juniper Green, Kingsknowe, Kirkliston, Lasswade, Leadburn, Leith Central, Leith North, Loanhead, Merchiston, Millerhill, Morningside Road, Musselburgh, Newington, North Berwick, Oxton, Penicuik, Pinkhill, Pomathorn, Portobello, Ratho, Saltoun, Scotland Street, Trinity and Newhaven and Westfield.

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