Looking Back: Waverley Train Station

Steam trains at Waverley Station with Waverley bridge and  North British Hotel (now the Balmoral )in the background

Steam trains at Waverley Station with Waverley bridge and North British Hotel (now the Balmoral )in the background

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Waverley Station has exsisted in some capacity in the city since 1847. A landmark, the station has a long history.

The original Edinburgh to Glasgow line had its terminus at Haymarket, opening in 1842. The Princes Street Proprietors had spent large amounts of money turning the “filthy and offensive bog” that was Nor Loch into the Princes Street Gardens we know now, so strongly protested the plan to have an “inoffensive” railway line through them.

2 elephants from Princes International Circus arrive at Waverley Station, Edinburgh.

2 elephants from Princes International Circus arrive at Waverley Station, Edinburgh.

But as railway mania set in, the association was finally able to reach an agreement with the government, with walls and embankments in the park to conceal the line.

The first official opening of the station was in April 1866.

Like other large railway stations of the era, the railway company constructed a grand station hotel beside their station. The North British Hotel opened in 1902, and elevators took passengers from the hotel lobby down to the station platforms. Now known as the Balmoral Hotel, the station entrance has been long closed.

Princes Mall, formerly called the Waverley Shopping Centre, which occupies a the former Waverley Market, which was a live cattle market, nestling between Waverley Station, Waverley Bridge, and Princes Street, opened in 1985. This mall has benefited from the installation of escalators on the Waverley Steps to Princes Street in 2011.

Waverley Station train announcers - Seen from the platform

Waverley Station train announcers - Seen from the platform

Holiday makers queue at Waverley Station

Holiday makers queue at Waverley Station

Waverley Station  Edinburgh showing the newsagents, ticket office.

Waverley Station Edinburgh showing the newsagents, ticket office.

Easter holiday-makers in Waverley Station  Edinburgh - Queue for tickets for travel north and west.

Easter holiday-makers in Waverley Station Edinburgh - Queue for tickets for travel north and west.

Domestic Science students check their train time at the Railway Enquiries desk at Waverley Station in Edinburgh,  October 1967.

Domestic Science students check their train time at the Railway Enquiries desk at Waverley Station in Edinburgh, October 1967.

A view of Waverley Station in Edinburgh showing Ann McNamara waiting for her father

A view of Waverley Station in Edinburgh showing Ann McNamara waiting for her father

Interior of Waverley station in Edinburgh, August 1976, showing the old destination board and John Menzies shop.

Interior of Waverley station in Edinburgh, August 1976, showing the old destination board and John Menzies shop.

The Christmas tree at Edinburgh's Waverley station with a live canary in a cage in December 1975.

The Christmas tree at Edinburgh's Waverley station with a live canary in a cage in December 1975.

A full taxi rank at Waverley Railway Station, Edinburgh.  September  1979

A full taxi rank at Waverley Railway Station, Edinburgh. September 1979

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