NT2672 : Engine Shed, St. Leonard's

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Engine Shed, St. Leonard's
Engine Shed, St. Leonard's
Now converted into a bakery, this building (still called "The Engine Shed") was the terminus of the Edinburgh-Dalkeith Railway, known as the 'Innocent Railway' because of its unblemished safety record. It housed stationary engines which pulled trains up the long steep incline from Duddingston. It survived within the old St. Leonard's railway depot until that was swept away in the late 1960s to create a new residential development. Robert Chambers described the scene here in the 1830s thus: "On arriving at the St Leonard's depot (...) you are at once ushered into a great wooden carriage, where already perhaps two or three young families, under the care of their respective mammas, have taken up their quarters. But probably you prefer an outside seat (...) and so you get mounted up in front beside the driver, or else upon a similar seat behind. Your companion is perhaps a farm-servant, or a sailor, or one of those numerous indescribable blue-and-drab men, who live about Dalkeith and have a great deal to say about markets. An open carriage full of fishwomen from Fisherrow is placed judiciously in the rear; and there they sit, smoking their pipes or counting their money in their tenfold laps - the labours of the day all past - nothing now to be done but to cruise home by the Innocent Railway..."

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Date Taken
Friday, 25 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 3 October, 2009
Railway depot   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 265 728 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.5889N 3:10.6618W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 265 728
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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