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
The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Company obtained permission under
Act of Parliament in 1838 to build to Haymarket, Edinburgh. via Falkirk
opened in February 1842. The large ticket at the bottom of
this page is an
invitation to the Private Opening of the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway on
18 February 1842.
The Glasgow to Edinburgh line was extended to the east from Haymarket
station through Princes Street Gardens to Edinburgh General Station
in 1846. General Station was one of three stations built in
Waverley Valley in the 1840s. The other stations were:
- North Bridge, built by the North British Railway, opened
- Canal Street, built by the Edinburgh, Leith & Newhaven Rly,
These three stations collectively became known as Waverley around
Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway Company was absorbed into North British
Railway Company in 1865
Does the first picture below ('E&G' made from holly leaves and
thistles) show the back of an Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway ticket?
I've never seen anything like that on any other tickets.
I was interested to see the alternative spellings of EDINBURGH on
these tickets below, and the variety of tickets issued:
Parliamentary Ticket - a basic, cheap
service required by 1844 Act of Parliament.
These tickets show the journeys and dates but not the fares.