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Royal Elizabeth Yard


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. [Michael Laing]

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South Queensferry


Ex-North British Railway Class S (LNER Class J37) 0-6-0 No. 64603 stands at the VAT 69 whisky warehouse at South Queensferry, having arrived with the Dalmeny Junction to South Queensferry leg of the SLS (Scottish Area)/BLS Scottish Rambler No.2 (Joint Easter Rail Tour) on 13th April, 1963. Preserved North British Railway Class K (LNER Class D34) 4-4-0 No. 256 Glen Douglas was at the rear of the train. Full details of the railtour can be found here. [Michael Clemens]

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Newbridge


I saw masses of these pea-like flowers in all shades from white, through pink, to deep purple whilst walking along the old Kirkliston branch line from Newbridge to Dalmeny on 15th August, 2010. A flick through my Wild Flowers of Britain book has identified the plant as Indian Balsam. "Nearly all balsams are naturalised foreigners. Indian balsam was introduced from its Asiatic homeland in 1839 and grown in greenhouses before it escaped into the wild." [Michael Laing]

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