Edinburgh Princes Street

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Edinburgh Princes Street (1870-1965)

Opened on the Caledonian Railway.


This was a major terminus in Edinburgh originally opened in 1870 and entirely rebuilt in 1893-94. In its final form, it had seven platforms, a 850 foot glass bayed roof and the "Caledonian Hotel", built 1899-1903. There was much in common with the architectural style of Glasgow Central station. On the concourse was a noted clock in a "wooden castle".

The first incarnation replaced the Caledonian Railway's Lothian Road terminus which was just to the south and became a goods station.

Princes Street station closed completely on 6 September 1965 and the trainshed and platforms were largely demolished by 1970. The hotel remains intact and open.

A box opened with the first incarnation of station in 1870, replaced in 1893 during the rebuilding. The large box was on the east side of the lines as they approached the platforms, with the Lothian Road Goods lines to the south. There was a resignalling in 1937 which led to a signal bridge being erected over the passenger lines, just west of the box. It closed with the station in 1965.


The former Caledonian Hotel was sold by British Transport Hotels in 1981 and is now independent of the railway.

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


29/09/1897Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Tweedsmuir Express runs from Edinburgh Princes Street to Victoria Lodge.
28/09/1905Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Talla Dam officially opened; two trains run from Edinburgh Princes Street.