New Mobile Site
We have just launched a new mobile version of this site - m.trainspots
. This page will use your smart device's GPS to loctate you and guide you to locations that are close to your present location.
Slateford station is on the main line to Glasgow Central, it is in the city of Edinburgh and easily accessible from most areas of the city.
Railway type and traffic
As of October 2006
The normal traffic consists of East Coast class 91s:
(Westbound) at 08:19, 09:30, 11:48, 13:47, 15:30, 17:47, 19:22, 22:33
(Eastbound) at 07:52, 08:52, 10:52, 12:52, 14:52, 16:52, 18:52, 2052
(Westbound) at 06:42, 07:28, 08:59, 10:59, 11:59, 12:59, 14:59, 16:59, 17:59, 18:59
(Eastbound) at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:10, 16:05, 17:10, 18:00, 20:00, 21:12, 21:40, 22:05
(Eastbound) at 09:00
(Westbound) at 10:20
All these trains use the mainline
The following trains are freights and often use the freight only Edinburgh suburban line
06:30 (EB) drs Nuclear flasks (runs as required)
07:40 (EB) Class 66 hauled coal
07:45 (WB) Class 60 hauled steel
09:55 (WB) Class 66 hauled coal
11:00 (WB) Class 66 hauled coal
11:30 (EB) Class 66 hauled coal
12:45 (EB) Class 66 hauled coal
13:20 (WB) Class 66 hauled coal
13:50 (EB) Class 66 hauled coal
14:20 (EB) Class 60 hauled steel
15:40 (EB) Class 66/90 hauled engineers
16:00 (EB) FL Class 66 hauled cement
17:05 (WB) drs Nuclear flasks (runs as required)
It is an inner city location, and after dark it is not advisable to visit with expensive camera equipment. Football colours should be avoided because it is quite near to the Hearts stadium.
From the city centre follow signs for Gorgie/Haymarket when you reach Haymarket junction take a left and follow this road all the way to the next junction near Gorgie, go straight across and up this road, at the top take a right and stay on this road until the next junction for ASDA and Slateford station will be on the left at this junction.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Slateford Station map co-ordinates
It is okay but you will have to leave your car at the nearby ASDA or right next to the station.
Lothian buses 4, 34, 35, 44/44A all serve Slateford station as well as services operated by First buses number 44 all lave from the city centre.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
All facilities can be found in the ASDA just across the road from the station.
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Slateford Station general view map
Slateford Station close up map
Windows Local Live Link
- image quality may vary
Who likes this location on facebook
Railway Gen Group
The light is good pretty much all day but after noon some photos/videos can be disrupted by light conditions.
Trains can be shot in both directions, however if it is a suburban line working then it is better to shoot/picture on the opposite platform, the one nearer to ASDA.
The best pictures can be taken at the ends of each platform but the middle near the footbridge is alright as well
General views - All photographs © Bruce Kitchener unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east
Fig 2 - Looking north east
All information contained within this is site is © Trainspots. The images used on this site remain the property of the original photographer, as credited at the top of the page, and are used with their kind permission.
The information on these pages is supplied for the benefit of railway enthusiasts who carry out a harmless hobby, and through the medium of photography and video, actually promote the railway industry. Railway enthusiasts can also act as eyes and ears against railway vandalism, and as such should surely be encouraged to do so by the supply of adequate information such as is found on this website.
This site has been created to assist railway photographers in their travels around the country. It is based on the personal knowledge and experience. No liability can be held against the web site or its contributions for incorrect information. Trainspots will endeavour to check all information and corrections will be accepted and posted accordingly.
Advice as to the locations general environment is given as a guide on each page. This information is a GUIDE only. ALWAYS be careful with your equipment, Trainspots can not be held responsible for your personal security. Avoid leaving your property on display for all to see, be aware of your surroundings at all times. There are, sadly, people who will not think twice about trying to steal your equipment.
Trainspots DOES NOT condone trespass and none of the information on this site should be taken as a right to trespass on either railway or private land. To the best of our knowledge all locations are publicly accessible areas, where they are not contact information will be given to the appropriate authority for permission to be obtained.
The content of this site is created and intended for all age ranges but the content of sites linked from this site are not subject to the same intentions. Trainspots will attempt to check links for validity but as time passes and the site grows this will not always be possible. Broken, or indeed updates to, links should be submitted to the editor for inclusion in the updates. All links external to the Trainspots site are opened in a new browser window. Trainspots has been running now for over 10 years and there are imitation sites and guides to railfotspots. But we are a free site and we continue on the path we started out on over a decade ago to provide a useful guide to UK Railway Photographic Locations.