Princes Street [1st]

Location type


Names and dates

Canal Street (1847-1862)
Princes Street [1st] (1862-1868)

Opened on the Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway.

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.


This was the terminus of the line from Granton and North Leith. It was at the south end of the Scotland Street Tunnel. The station was immediately north of Edinburgh Waverley with terminal platforms and, just to the west, a connecting curve allowed trains from the tunnel to run west towards Haymarket.

Latterly the station was called Princes Street but should not be confused with the Caledonian Railway station of the same name which opened two years after its closure.

The site of the station has been encompassed into enlargements of Edinburgh Waverley and the northern part covered by Waverley Market. The vehicle entrance ramp into the station is roughly where Canal Street itself was. The south end of the tunnel remains within the Waverley station limits, access gated.


By the 1780s the North Loch, between Edinburgh's Old and New Towns had been drained and partly retained as a canal.



External links

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