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Written by Ewan Tait - 02 Jan 2004
last update by Ian McMillian - 09 Oct 2004
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Location notes
Prestonpans is situated on the ECML in East Lothian, 10 miles to the east of Edinburgh Waverley.
Railway type and traffic
1 or 2 East Coast services an hour in each direction. A mixture of HSTs and class 91s. 1 VXC service an hour in each direction. 1 or 2 ScotRail services an hour in each direction between Edinburgh and North Berwick.
Anglo-Scottish MGRs heading up and down the ECML - both DB Schenker and FLHH. Exclusively class 66s these days. MGRs heading from Millerhill to Cockenzie PS which is located just to the east of Prestonpans station. 1 daily cement flow from Oxwellmains (Dunbar) to Viewpark and weekly flows to Inverness and Aberdeen hauled by FLHH 66s. 1 daily return flow from Powderhall (Edinburgh) to Oxwellmains with the bins. 1 daily steel service from Lackenby to Dalzell (Motherwell) hauled by a class 60. A few enterprise services and engineers between Mossend/Millerhill and Tyne Yard.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Prestonpans Station
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A rural Lothian station, on the edge of Prestonpans Village.
Road directions
Easily accessible from the A1.

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Prestonpans Station map co-ordinates
The station has a car park. Please park carefully!
Public transport
1 or 2 trains an hour from Edinburgh Waverley
Timetable: Adobe Acrobat format

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Sun Compass
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Prestonpans Station

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Streetmap links
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Photographic notes
Looking east the line is long and straight. The line speed is 100 ~110mph and GNER and VXC services will usually be doing about 80~90mph through the station.
Looking west the line sweeps round to your left round the old mine workings at Dolphingstone. The OHLE masts on the new section are cantilevered off the right-hand side which means you gives a great vantage. You need to watch though in the evenings as you're facing into the sun, but good photos can still be taken.
There's also an over bridge that gives views in both directions.
Links to photographs at this location

Ewan's fotopic site - 90023 goes to the seaside
Ian's railway photos - ScotRail 90+stock trial

General views - All photographs © Ewan Tait unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

The evening sun sets off this shot of a London bound GNER express nicely.

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

From the middle of the station platforms.

Fig 3 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

Same position as Fig 2, reverse angle.

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 5 - Looking west

Fig 5 - Looking west

Fig 6 - Looking east

Fig 6 - Looking east

Fig 7 - Looking west - Photo by Ian McMillan

Fig 7 - Looking west - <i>Photo by Ian McMillan</i>

Fig 8 - Looking west - Photo by Ian McMillan

Fig 8 - Looking west - <i>Photo by Ian McMillan</i>

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