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A walk from Aberdour to Burntisland

Monday, 20th July, 2015 | 20:13
Location: Edinburgh


A view of the waiting shelter on the 'down' platform at Aberdour Station on 20th July, 2015; beautifully tended as ever.

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A walk along the South Queensferry Branch

Friday, 17th July, 2015 | 23:01
Location: Edinburgh


I happened to notice this bus route diagram at the York Place Tram Stop on 17th July, 2015. From the point of view of anyone viewing it, Edinburgh Airport is to the right, not the left, and Silverknowes should be at the bottom, not the top. In other words, it's back-to-front and upside-down. I've lived in Edinburgh for 22 years and I found it difficult enough to make sense of, so I can't imagine what use it will be to anyone who is unfamiliar with the city. There is an equally-useless route plan (upside-down) on the wall at Argyle Street Station in Glasgow. It mystifies me how people who specialise in a particular job and are paid to do it right can get it so wrong. Does nobody bother to check their work?

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The Fiend at the Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy

Saturday, 30th August, 2014 | 23:39
Location: Edinburgh

The Fiend, The Disturbed, In Evil Hour and Gummidge at the Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy, 30th August, 2014. I think their name is rather naff, but In Evil Hour stood head and shoulders above the other three shouty, generic punk bands at this gig. They had tuneful songs, proper singing and were much more interesting to watch. Otherwise, this was a very weird and strange night altogether. It could hardly have been more different from what I'd anticipated. Maybe it's just me, but I haven't felt so unwelcome and unwanted in a long time. I couldn't wait to get to hell out of there. Oh well, I suppose there's nothing else for it but to pick myself up, dust myself down and rejoin the battle. Tomorrow's another day.


Gummidge at the Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy, 30th August, 2014.

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Day-trip to St. Andrews

Friday, 17th May, 2013 | 10:52
Location: Edinburgh

What a lovely, beautiful, fabulous day it was this morning. Sadly, I managed to waste half of the day by trundling all the way to college and back when I had no classes to attend. Idiot! So I decided a trip to the beach was in order, or perhaps a visit to the Beveridge Park for a spot of sunbathing. I couldn't be bothered walking all the way to the middle of George Street to get a slow, bone-shaking bus to Kirkcaldy, so I decided to head down to Waverley Station and put the train fare (almost a tenner) on my credit-card instead.


View towards Leith Walk from the upper deck of a bus in London Road, 17th May, 2013.

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Dunbar

Monday, 23rd July, 2012 | 14:04
Location: Edinburgh

Photos taken during a visit to Dunbar, East Lothian.


The view from the window of a bus in the High Street, Edinburgh, on 23rd July, 2012: a typical Scottish summer day.

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A walk along the South Queensferry Branch

Sunday, 15th August, 2010 | 16:18
Location: Edinburgh

Photos taken during a walk from Newbridge to South Queensferry along the old Kirkliston branch on 15th August, 2010. At Kirkliston, I stopped to take a look at Kirkliston Parish Church. I'd have to say it's not a thing of any great beauty, having had various bits removed and added over the centuries, but it's certainly very ancient. I was in it once for a harvest service when I was at Kirkliston Primary School in the early 1970s, but I can't remember much about it apart from the musty smell and how old and dark the woodwork looked. My parents were non-religious, and churches were and remain very unfamiliar places to me. I could probably count on the fingers of both hands the number of times in my life I've been inside one.


I saw masses of these pea-like flowers in all shades from white, through pink, to deep purple whilst walking along the old Kirkliston branch line from Newbridge to Dalmeny on 15th August, 2010. A flick through my Wild Flowers of Britain book has identified the plant as Indian Balsam. "Nearly all balsams are naturalised foreigners. Indian balsam was introduced from its Asiatic homeland in 1839 and grown in greenhouses before it escaped into the wild."

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The view from the bridge

Saturday, 5th June, 2010 | 23:35
Location: Edinburgh


Houses at North Queensferry and a tanker at Hound Point oil terminal snapped from a southbound train crossing the Forth Bridge on 5th June, 2010, following a visit to Kirkcaldy. I saw this view many hundreds of times (sometimes eight times-a-day) when I was a train-driver, but I never had the opportunity to photograph it. Moments later the sky darkened, and it started bucketing down shortly after I got back to Edinburgh.

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From Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy and back again

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2009 | 12:34
Location: Edinburgh


'The Tun', a modern glass-fronted building with the inevitable roof-mounted projection in Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2009.

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Trundling around town

Tuesday, 9th June, 2009 | 12:16
Location: Edinburgh


Open-top ex-London Transport Routemaster bus No. ERM281, reg. no. VLT 281, comes up the High Street in Edinburgh, in service on a Mac Tours circular sight-seeing tour, 9th June, 2009.

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A walk from Inverkeithing to Aberdour

Saturday, 30th May, 2009 | 14:04
Location: Edinburgh


The ancient - if not particularly beautiful - St. Peter's Church in Inverkeithing, Fife, 30th May, 2009.

"The B-listed Inverkeithing (St Peter's) Church on Church Street was first built as a wooden celtic church before being adapted into a Norman stone structure, which was bequeathed by the monks of Dunfermline Abbey in 1139.

"The parish church of St. Peter stands in its large churchyard on the east side of Church Street. The main part of the church is a large plain neo-Gothic 'preaching box' of 1826-27, but the western tower is 14th century. The traceried belfry openings are unusual. Built of soft sandstone, the tower is very weathered, and has been partially refaced. It is crowned by a lead spire with over-emphatic gabled dormers housing clock-faces (1835 and 1883). The church's roomy interior (now deprived of its galleries) is graced by a little-known treasure, one of the finest medieval furnishings to survive in any Scottish parish church. This is the large, extremely well-preserved, grey sandstone font of c.1398, which was rediscovered buried under the church, having been concealed at the Reformation. Its octagonal bowl is decorated with angels holding heraldic shields. These include the royal arms of the King of Scots, and of Queen Anabella Drummond (d.1401), the consort of Robert III (1390-1406). The high quality of the carving is explained by it being a royal gift to the parish church, Inverkeithing being a favourite residence of Queen Anabella.

"The church suffered a fire in 1825 and was re-built in its present form in 1826. Later, the church was restored in 1900. Only the tower dating from the 14th century remains from the pre-reformation church building."

For further information see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverkeithing.
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Dalmeny Junction

Tuesday, 21st November, 2006 | 22:52
Location: Edinburgh


Class 66 No. 66 094 approaches Dalmeny Junction, West Lothian, shortly after leaving the Forth Bridge and passing through Dalmeny Station with a train of empty Merry-Go-Round hoppers from Longannet Power Station, 21st November, 2006.

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A walk from Aberdour to Burntisland

Friday, 2nd June, 2006 | 12:11
Location: Edinburgh


The very attractive station building and forecourt at Aberdour, Fife, 2nd June, 2006. Shouldn't every small town or village have one of these? Not so long ago, almost all of them had, though they certainly weren't all served by two or three trains per hour as Aberdour now is. This service is so good that the competition has given up and the bus service from Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy now bypasses Aberdour, Burntisland and Kinghorn altogether. If the currently-proposed railway from Inverkeithing to Halbeath eventually comes to be - taking inter-city traffic off the present main line via Kirkcaldy - the local service at Aberdour and other stations on the Fife Circle could become even more frequent than it is now.

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Dysart

Tuesday, 4th April, 2006 | 23:57
Location: Edinburgh


A boat in 'dry dock' at Dysart Harbour, 4th April, 2006.

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Expedition from Dalmeny to North Queensferry

Thursday, 27th October, 2005 | 13:32
Location: Edinburgh

Photos taken during a walk from Dalmeny to North Queensferry via the Forth Road Bridge on 27th October, 2005.


The south front of Dalmeny Parish Church, 27th October, 2005.

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Travels around the Firth of Forth

Thursday, 29th September, 2005 | 11:12
Location: Edinburgh


The Forth Road Bridge viewed from South Queensferry, West Lothian, 29th September, 2005.

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St. Andrews, Leuchars, and a spectacular sunset

Monday, 1st August, 2005 | 11:16
Location: Edinburgh


'The Three B's', a shop selling bedding, household and fancy goods in St. Andrews, Fife, owned by Messrs Bit and Bob, presumably! Seen on 1st August, 2005.

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A trip on the Maid of the Forth

Saturday, 21st August, 2004 | 12:26
Location: Edinburgh


The Forth Bridge viewed from the promenade at South Queensferry, West Lothian, 21st August, 2004.

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Aberdour

Sunday, 24th August, 2003 | 19:12
Location: Edinburgh


Aberdour station, on the Edinburgh-Dundee main line in Fife, with its attractive floral displays, 24th August, 2003.

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St. Andrews and Leuchars

Monday, 16th June, 2003 | 11:03
Location: Edinburgh


Disc shunting signals controlling wrong-direction moves on the Up Main Line at Leuchars Station, Fife, 16th June, 2003. The upper signal would be for the Up Main; the lower one for Up Main to RAF Base Siding.

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The Forth Bridge, North Queensferry and Inverkeithing

Sunday, 2nd March, 2003 | 20:27
Location: Edinburgh


The Forth Bridge viewed from South Queensferry, West Lothian, 2nd March, 2003.

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