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This location is 5 - 10 minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley station.
Railway type and traffic
The location is the entry point to Edinburgh for both trains off the Glasgow and Aberdeen routes and has crossovers from the 4 tracks that make up both routes.
Passenger trains include ScotRail Class 156 / 158 / 170 / 318 / 322 on local services; East Coast HST and Class 91+DVT on ECML services, Cross Country Voyagers and the daily Virgin West Coast Pendolino to Euston.
Freight traffic is sparse and unpredictable as there is the option of sending trains via the suburban loop but DB Schenker coal trains, Freightliner cement trains and the daily DB Schenker steel train between Lackenby and Dalziel may appear.
The line passes between Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens and the base of Edinburgh Castle and is in shade at certain times of the day.
Car parking is notorious but there is an NCP park nearby.
Drive along Princes Street to the West End along the A8 marked 'Glasgow'. At the end of Princes Street take the left turn onto Lothian Road marked A702 for 'Lanark'. After 100 yards take the first of 2 left hand turns into Kings Stables Road and the NCP entrance is on the right hand side.
Once the car is parked return to Kings Stables Road and the entrance to the gardens will be seen. Walk through and follow the path to the railway foot bridge; at this point veer to the right keeping the railway on your left hand side and continue to the next footbridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Edinburgh, Princes Street Gardens map co-ordinates
Best in the NCP car park as described above.
On street parking is both expensive and closely monitored.
From Waverley station:
Simply walk up the ramp onto Waverley Bridge and cross the road. Turn right and follow the pavement round to the left keeping the gardens on your left hand side. Continue walking along Princes Street until the next main road on your left - called The Mound. Cross the road and the entrance to the main Princes Street Gardens is immediately ahead. Go down the steps to the promenade then continue down to the bottom level and follow the footpath to the bandstand. At the bandstand veer to the left and walk around, keeping the bandstand on your right hand side. On your left will appear a footpath leading over the footbridge; continue over and the location is immediately underneath.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Toilets are just at the end of the footbridge. There are plenty of food outlets in the area.
Plenty of accommodation is available in Edinburgh.
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The location runs on an east - west axis but is in the lee of both Edinburgh Castle and the cutting in which it sits.
Trains can be shot in both directions but the use of crossovers makes it difficult to know the direction of travel until very much the last minute.
The favoured location is the pedestrian bridge behind the bandstand and most people stand under the bridge - The use of a small pair of ladders (3 steps) is highly recommended.
General views - All photographs © Fred Kerr unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
A train departing from the local tunnel crossing over onto the Glasgow route.
Fig 2 - Looking west
A Voyager approaching on the Glasgow route
Fig 3 - Looking east
A Voyager departing on the Glasgow route.
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