The train at
The train is
collecting aviation fuel, destined for Prestwick
at Texaco Sidings, Granton - 1980
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Kenneth G Williamson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh
Kenneth G Williamson
Railway - Texaco
Thank you to Kenneth G Williamson for sending me this picture of an oil
train at the Texaco sidings on the old Caledonian Railway
line at Granton, with fuel possibly for
planes at Prestwick.
Kenneth took this photo from the bridge over the
line where the lane used to lead down from West Granton Road towards
Caroline Park House.
"I live in Silverknowes but was
brought up in Granton Terrace and went to Granton School and then Ainslie
"I hung about the railway at
Granton in the 1960s, often riding on the diesels taking coal up to the
Gasworks or shunting about the Middle and West piers. Unfortunately, I
didn't possess a camera at that time."
"I took the pictures, above, off
the railway bridge at West Granton Road
* beside the shops in 1980.
The refinery at Granton used to be Texaco where aviation fuel was stored
and this is what is being carried in the tank cars."
"I was playing bowls last Sunday
with a chap who, from 1968 to
1971, worked as the freight agent at Granton,
firstly in the Caley goods shed and then a bothy in the old signal box at
Granton, finally ending up at Millerhill."
Kenneth G Williamson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh: April
22 + 25, 2006,