Remember When: Rail travel through the ages in Edinburgh

Trainspotters line the bridge near Edinburgh's Waverley station to get a look at this steam train in May 1981. The 673 Maude was one of the trains used in the film The Railway Children.
Trainspotters line the bridge near Edinburgh's Waverley station to get a look at this steam train in May 1981. The 673 Maude was one of the trains used in the film The Railway Children.
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LONG before Irvine Welsh touched a keyboard, trainspotting was a popular past-time in Edinburgh. Here’s a few great shots from our archives.

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The new Talisman express train passing through Portobello Station on its first run from Edinburgh to London, September 1956. Described as a 'businessman's express' it covered the journey in 6 hours 40 minutes.

The new Talisman express train passing through Portobello Station on its first run from Edinburgh to London, September 1956. Described as a 'businessman's express' it covered the journey in 6 hours 40 minutes.

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Caledonian engine no 123 in Caley Station before embarking on a special trip to Baslade to mark its win in Edinburgh to London Race in 1888.

Caledonian engine no 123 in Caley Station before embarking on a special trip to Baslade to mark its win in Edinburgh to London Race in 1888.

Flying Scotsman at the Waverley Station where it arrived six minutes behind schedule in a bid to break the six-hour barrier between London and Edinburgh in June 1965

Flying Scotsman at the Waverley Station where it arrived six minutes behind schedule in a bid to break the six-hour barrier between London and Edinburgh in June 1965