Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
Michael Laing
rock_dinosaur

A walk along the South Queensferry Branch

I finally managed to persuade myself to engage in some locomotory activity today, and walked from the Ingliston Park & Ride via Newbridge and Kirkliston to Dalmeny Station. Once away from traffic I enjoyed the walk, but I found the constant roar of traffic on the A8 between Ingliston and Newbridge unpleasant and stressful, and I'll need to find a walking-route that is well away from roads. According to Fitbit's web-site, 10,000 steps is a good daily target, and I'm keen to see if I've met or exceeded that. Incidentally, I'm a bit concerned that if I travel by crash-bang-wallop-mobile, AKA the bus, the pedometer might record each crash, bang and wallop along the way as a step. How does it know what's a step and what's a bus driving over a pot-hole?


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?


A view from near Newbridge towards Kirkliston along the route of the former South Queensferry Branch, 17th July, 2015.


A view towards Newbridge from a point near the start of the path which follows the route of the former South Queensferry Branch, 17th July, 2015.


A view from near Newbridge towards Kirkliston along the route of the former South Queensferry Branch, 17th July, 2015.


A westward view from Kirkliston Viaduct along the River Almond towards the lower end of Kirkliston, 17th July, 2015.


An eastward view from Kirkliston Viaduct along the River Almond, 17th July, 2015.


An eastward view from Kirkliston Viaduct along the River Almond, 17th July, 2015.


A view towards the site of Kirkliston Station from Kirkliston Viaduct on the route of the former South Queensferry Branch, 17th July, 2015.


A southward view at the site of Kirkliston Station, which is now occupied by a small and attractive housing scheme, 17th July, 2015.


A southward view at the site of Kirkliston Station, which is now occupied by a quiet and well-kept housing scheme, 17th July, 2015.


Near Carlowrie, to the north of Kirkliston, the former South Queensferry Branch passes through an avenue of Scots pine trees. View towards Dalmeny Junction on 17th July, 2015.


Near Carlowrie, to the north of Kirkliston, the former South Queensferry Branch passes through an avenue of Scots pine trees. View towards Dalmeny Junction on 17th July, 2015.


Giant bellflowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch near Carlowrie, between Kirkliston and Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Giant bellflowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch near Carlowrie, between Kirkliston and Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild honeysuckle flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch near Carlowrie, between Kirkliston and Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild honeysuckle flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch near Carlowrie, between Kirkliston and Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild honeysuckle flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch near Carlowrie, between Kirkliston and Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild honeysuckle flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch near Carlowrie, between Kirkliston and Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild honeysuckle flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch near Carlowrie, between Kirkliston and Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


A northward view along the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at the point where a siding entered the Royal Elizabeth Yard, between Kirkliston and Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015. The Royal Elizabeth Yard was a Royal Naval Victualling Depot which maintained a store of food supplies sufficient to supply RN ships in the event of an emergency. The site was maintained by the MoD as a storage facility, to provide supplies to RN ships berthed at Port Edgar at South Queensferry and Rosyth in Fife. The site is now a busy trading estate, with 185,000 sq. ft. of good quality secure space on a 50 acre site.


A northward view along the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at the point where a siding entered the Royal Elizabeth Yard, between Kirkliston and Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild honeysuckle flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild honeysuckle flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Pink wild rose flowers seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


Wild rose flower seen by the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch at Dalmeny Junction, 17th July, 2015.


A southward view from the site of Dalmeny (1st) Station towards Dalmeny Junction on 17th July, 2015.


A southward view from the site of Dalmeny (1st) Station towards Dalmeny Junction on 17th July, 2015.


Wild irises growing in waterlogged ground at the site of Dalmeny (1st) Station on 17th July, 2015.


A northward view from the Station Road bridge in Dalmeny towards South Queensferry along the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch on 17th July, 2015. Part of the Forth Bridge can be seen at the top of the photo, between the trees.


A northward view from the Station Road bridge in Dalmeny towards South Queensferry along the trackbed of the former South Queensferry Branch on 17th July, 2015. Part of the Forth Bridge can be seen at the top of the photo, between the trees.


A southward view from the Station Road bridge in Dalmeny over the site of Dalmeny (1st) Station on 17th July, 2015. The trackbed runs through a wide cutting at this point, but all sign of the former station has disappeared.


A southward view from the Station Road bridge in Dalmeny over the site of Dalmeny (1st) Station on 17th July, 2015.


Forming the 13.21 Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh Waverley train, Adtranz Class 170 3-car DMU No. 170 450 approaches Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.


Forming the 13.21 Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh Waverley train, Adtranz Class 170 3-car DMU No. 170 450 enters Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.


Forming the 13.31 Markinch to Edinburgh Waverley train, a 4-car formation of BR Derby Class 158 2-car DMUs with No. 158 740 leading passes through Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.


Forming the 13.48 Fife Circle train from Edinburgh Waverley, BR Derby Class 158 2-car DMU No. 158 867 departs from Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.


With No. 170 459 leading, a 6-car formation of Adtranz Class 170 3-car DMUs passes through Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015, on a special working in connection with the Open golf tournament at St. Andrews.


Forming the 11.33 Inverurie to Edinburgh Waverley train, Adtranz Class 170 3-car DMU No. 170 473 passes through Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.


A large philadelphus bush in full bloom by the 'down' platform at Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.


A large philadelphus bush in full bloom by the 'down' platform at Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.


A large philadelphus bush in full bloom by the 'down' platform at Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.


Forming the 13.39 Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh Waverley via Dunfermline train, Adtranz Class 170 3-car DMU No. 170 472 approaches Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.


The 13.39 Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh Waverley via Dunfermline train, formed by Adtranz Class 170 3-car DMU No. 170 472, and the 14.08 from Edinburgh Waverley to Glenrothes with Thornton via Dunfermline, formed by BR Derby Class 158 2-car DMU No. 158 730, pass at Dalmeny Station on 17th July, 2015.
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