Innocent Railway

Finished in 1831, it was Edinburgh’s first railway line.

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Finished in 1831, it was Edinburgh’s first railway line. It was built to bring coal from nearby Dalkeith into the city and the railway was called ‘innocent’ as it was created by horsepower and not steam engines.

It’s a shared footpath and cycle path today, though part of the journey is under darkness as you, quite literally, walk towards the light. There’s even a former platform, now slowly being taken over by plants. It’s busy during weekdays but if you walk in the tunnel, you can imagine the train, the transportation, the sound of the horses’ hooves.

Innocent Railway Path Map

 

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