Edinburgh railway bridge turned into garage up for sale

The garage has been made under an old railway tunnel. Picture: contributed
The garage has been made under an old railway tunnel. Picture: contributed
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IT has to be one of Edinburgh’s most unusual parking places..and it’s yours for £120,000.

A former railway bridge in Barnton cleverly converted into a garage has just gone on the market.

Originally bought by the late Douglas Stein in the 1980s, the garage in Barnton Park View is now described as a “unique space”, offering generous storage space for cars and other items.

After the tracks were removed from the bridge – which was once part of the Caledonian Railway line – in the late 1970s, Mr Stein, who was formerly the director of Adam Currie construction, purchased it and began his project.

By 1988, he had converted it into the quirky storage solution.

His daughter, Rona Watson, 55, recently inherited the unusual venture after her mother died, and has now put it on the market.

She said: “My dad owned the flat that looked directly on to the bridge and he wanted to look on to something nice so he decided to buy the bridge and renovate it.

“The land has a lot of history for me, I used to play on it as a child before it was renovated with my friends.

“I actually have to let other family members take care of the viewings because I get emotional, I’ll be sad to see it go but I know it has to now.

“I have no use for it.”

She added: “Many people don’t know it’s there, but those that do often stop and have a look at it as they pass by.”

A spokeswoman for RightMove estate agents, which is selling the property, said there has been a lot of interest in the garage so far.

As well as boasting folding doors, a water supply and an inspection pit, the garage entrance also has two former city street lamps installed on either side, that date back to the 1960s.

The advert on RightMove reads: “Situated within a mature established estate and within ground extending to approximately 483 square meters, this former railway bridge was once part of the Barnton Branch of the Caledonian Railway. Beautifully converted, the unique space offers a superb garage/storage space benefitting from folding doors, light, power, water supply and inspection pit.

“There are lovely stocked borders to the side with grassed roof and mono block driveway providing further parking space.”

With parking in Edinburgh at a premium, it is not unusual to find garages in some areas going for the same price as a one-bedroomed flat.

Just last year, a company boss in the city’s West End sold his double garage for over £75,000.

Ewan Foreman said he started receiving inquiries about the property a day after it went on sale, due to the demand for parking spaces in the city.

The closing date for offers for the Barnton Park View garage is this Friday at 11am.