Caledonian Railway Stations

 

Variety of Railway Tickets

Thank you to Michael Stewart for allowing me to reproduce photos of some of the items in his impressive collection of railway tickets.  Please scroll down this page to see the tickets, or click here to enlarge them.

Granton Gas Works

The first ticket below is for workers travelling from Princes Street Station, Edinburgh to the station at Granton Gas Works beside the Firth of Forth.  The gas works and station opened around 1900.  The station remained open to passengers until 1942 and continued to be used for freight services until 1986.

Granton Gas Works Station

    Granton Gas Works  Station, Official Opening of the Gas Works,  1903

Barnton Branch

The fare between Davidson's Mains and Barnton, at the western end of the line was 1d in 1906.  By 1934, the fare had become 2d. 

Barnton station building is still standing, at the corner of Whitehouse Road and Queensferry Road in the western suburbs of Edinburgh.  It has now been converted to shops.  Passenger services on this line ended on 7 May 1951.

   Davidson's Mains Station

    Caledonian Railway train at Davidson's Mains Station

Barnton Station

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Fares

Most of the tickets below are THIRD CLASS, thought there are a couple of FIRST CLASS, including one from Leith to Granton Road for 2d.

The cheapest ticket below was issued at the other end of this line for a child travelling THIRD CLASS from Craigleith to Edinburgh (Princes Street):  Fare 1/2d.

The most expensive tickets were for an adult travelling:

-  FIRST CLASS from Newhaven to London, 32s 8d

-  THIRD CLASS from Newhaven to London, 21s 10d

Bicycles

Caledonian Railway stations must have kept a very wide range of pre-printed tickets.  There is one for a 'Bicycle, Perambulator or Mail Cart' travelling between Edinburgh BO (What is BO?) and Penrith.

The only ticket below that they were not able to provide pre-printed was for a 'Bicycle, Perambulator or Mail Cart' travelling between Edinburgh Princes Street Station and Cruden Bay.  That one had to be hand-written.

When I used to collect train tickets as a child in the 1950s, I used to buy occasional CHILD tickets for short first class journeys in the hope that I might be the first to be issued with that ticket and that I would be given ticket no 0000 or 0001 - but usually there was no ticket printed for the route, so I was given a hand-written ticket.

Small Numbers

What are the small numbers beside the station names on many of the tickets below?

Acknowledgement:  Michael Stewart, Canterbury, Kent, England
Michael was formerly a pupil at Fettes Collage, Edinburgh.

Michael would like to hear from anyone who has any similar old card tickets that they might wish to sell.  If you'd like to contact Mike, please email me, then I'll give you his email address.

Tickets  -  Caledonian Railway Stations

Old Railway Tickets  -  Caledonian Railway Stations

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Michael Stewart, Canterbury, Kent - formerly a pupil at Fettes College, Edin. Aug 15, 2012

 

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      Old Railway Tickets  -  Caledonian Railway Stations

 

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Patrick Lindsay

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Thank you to Patrick Lindsay who read my question above:

"There is [a railway ticket] for a 'Bicycle, Perambulator or Mail Cart' travelling between Edinburgh BO (What is BO?) and Penrith."

then posted this reply in the EdinPhoto Guestbook:

Edinburgh BO Tickets

"Having a great interest in Edinburgh's railways especially the goings on at the Princes Street 'Caley' station, Michael Stewart's railway tickets are especially fascinating.

I notice all the Caledonian 'BO' tickets are for items and dogs to be taken on to the train, so I wonder if BO could mean 'Baggage Office ticket'.  That's where a person may have had to go to have big or special items loaded)."

Acknowledgement:  Michael Stewart, Canterbury, Kent, England
Michael was formerly a pupil at Fettes Collage, Edinburgh.

Michael would like to hear from anyone who has any similar old card tickets that they might wish to sell.  If you'd like to contact Mike, please email me, then I'll give you his email address.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  September 25, 2012

 

 

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