Scottish Main Lines

Edinburgh to Inverkeithing

Including the Port Edgar, North Queensferry and Rosyth Dockyard branches

by Dennis Lovett & Allan McLean

The crossing of the Forth Estuary provided a challenge up to the opening of the Forth Bridge in 1890.

The original route via Kirkliston required passengers to change to the ferry before rejoining trains to complete their journeys. Both routes and the connecting lines are covered in this album.



'The authors, both former railwaymen, have assembled an excellent and varied collection of monochrome images to portray this important route, from the splendours of Edinburgh Waverley Station through to Inverkeithing.'
(The Railway Magazine, July 2020)

'A fascinating read, featuring many little-known locations near to the mighty Forth Bridge. The history is well-written, with many photographs from antiquity, as well as current scenes.'
(British Railway Modelling, April 2020)

'A new book charting the history of the Edinburgh to Inverkeithing railway line has revealed a fascinating insight into travel in the Capital last century.'
(Edinburgh Evening News, 11th January 2020)

'There are two distinct chapters to the story of railways radiating north of Edinburgh - life before the opening of the Forth Bridge on March 4 1890, and the aftermath when many of the original facilities were rendered redundant almost overnight.'
(Steam World, Issue 393, March 2020)

'Another well-researched, if necessarily brief, but recommended addition to the Railway Bookshelf, particularly for those seeking an introduction to some lesser known lines to the north and west of Edinburgh.'
(North British Railway Study Group Journal, No. 139, March 2020)

'A bit of a nostalgia fest as I have been visiting the area, on and off, for most of my life, the picture of the old Forth Car Ferry a particularly welcome insert.'
(J.New - SLS Journal, March/April 2020, No.922, Vol.96)

Book Details

Dennis Lovett & Allan McLean
Vic Mitchell
Scottish Main Lines
Middleton Press Ltd
25 January 2020
27 January 2023
240 x 174 mm
96 Pages
120 Photographs
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history

Stations & Locations

Stations Photo
Edinburgh Waverley 1-12
Haymarket 13-25
Saughton 26
Edinburgh Park 27-29
Gogar 30
Ratho Low Level 32
Kirkliston 33-35
Dalmeny (Old) 38-39
South Queensferry Halt 40
South Queensferry 41-42
Port Edgar 43-44
Queensferry Passage 45
North Queensferry (Terminus) 46-47
Rosyth Dockyard 48-55
Naval Base Junction 56
Limpetness Loop 57-58
Cruicks Siding 59-64
Inverkeithing South Junction 66-68
Saughton Junction 69-72
South Gyle 73-75
Edinburgh Gateway 76-80
Edinburgh Airport 81
Turnhouse 82-83
Dalmeny Junction 84-86
Dalmeny 87-98
Forth Bridge 99-102
North Queensferry 103-111
Jamestown Viaduct 112-114
Inverkeithing 115-120