Waverley Station, Early Evening


Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Waverley Station is in the steep, narrow valley between the Old Town and the New. The valley was formerly filled by the Nor Loch, formerly freshwater loch, latterly fetid sewer, drained in the early 19th century.

Waverley is the main railway station in Edinburgh. Over 25 acres in area, it is the second-largest mainline railway station in Britain (London Waterloo is the largest). It is the northern terminus for the East Coast Main Line, and the eastern terminus for the West Coast Main Line.

Two of the main entrances to the station are by ramps down from Waverley Bridge, which crosses the valley from Cockburn Street in the Old Town to Princes Street in the New. The ramp seen in the distance runs up to the Old Town side of the bridge: the flight of steps runs up to the bridge that crosses the station from Waverley Steps to Princes Street Mall.

The railway station in the valley has been called Waverley since 1854. (Originally there were three stations owned by three different companies: in 1868 the North British Railway bought the three stations, demolished them, and built the present glass-roofed stone-walled marble-floored station on the site.) Waverly Station has been in continuous use ever since, whether run by the North British, the LNER, British Rail, Railtrack or as at present Network Rail.

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