Remember When: Rail travel through the ages in Edinburgh

LONG before Irvine Welsh touched a keyboard, trainspotting was a popular past-time in Edinburgh. Here's a few great shots from our archives.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 1:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 2:23 pm
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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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.
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
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.
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