Train journeys back in time

A soldier from the Black Watch on his way to Northern Ireland says goodbye to his wife and daughter from a train at Mid Calder station in 1970. Picture: TSPL

A soldier from the Black Watch on his way to Northern Ireland says goodbye to his wife and daughter from a train at Mid Calder station in 1970. Picture: TSPL

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Staff at the Craigentinny rail depot were out in force to help mark the 100th anniversary of work at the site.

The celebrations saw a new locomotive decorated with insignia reading “Craigentinny 100” and two cast-iron crests, each bearing a Scottish thistle and the message “100 Years, 1914-2014” marking another chapter in Lothian’s association with railways.

In August 1970, Mid Calder station was a scene of high emotion, as a soldier from the Black Watch said goodbye to his wife and daughter from the train as he headed off to join the regiment’s tour of duty in Northern Ireland.

Back in 1964, city schoolchildren had been given a unique chance to experience a piece of rail history as they travelled on a Lyons Maid Zoom Special train to the National Railway Museum in York in September.

Of course, making sure everything runs smoothly isn’t just down to the train operators.

Back in 1967, it was Mrs Page and Mrs Tresh who kept passengers moving at Waverley Station. The announcers had to keep watch on train movements and keep travellers up to date with the latest information.

Waverley has always been the city’s busiest station, and amidst the waiting crowds in December 1986 were Hamish Taylor and Rob Roger, dressed as a pantomime horse as part of the Edinburgh Students Charities week of fundraising. And of course the horse was passing the time by reading the latest Evening News.

And the station was mobbed by eager trainspotters in April 1966, as the avid fans turned out to get a glimpse of the 
famous Flying Scotsman steam engine.