Dalry Road Motive Power Depot, Edinburgh

The latest title to be published by the Caledonian Railway Association and Lightmoor Press tells the history of the Motive Power Depot from 1848 to 1965, through the locomotives and the staff who worked and serviced them.

The Caledonian Railway was something of a latecomer to the Edinburgh railway scene, but proved it was not backwards in extending its hold on the city and environs. Thwarted by the NBR in its attempts to access the docks of Leith and Granton, it pursued its own agenda in serving the burgeoning industries in both West and Midlothian. A passenger railway from the outset, a small ‘engine house’ was constructed in the Dalry Ward of the city, known as Dalry MPD, which eventually provided motive power for both the significant passenger train service, and the mineral and goods traffic being handled. It also provided power for an intensive suburban passenger service to the north and west of the city. The ‘Caley’ was to prove a much-loved institution in Edinburgh.

The book comprises 192 pages of text and illustrations, 275 mm by 215 mm, printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated printed board covers and is lavishly illustrated with photographs of locomotives and trains in service throughout the period of operation, plus maps and signalling diagrams.

The book will be launched at the Perth Model Rail Exhibition 2018, 23-24 June and will available by Mail Order, from the CRA Stand at Exhibitions and at the Glasgow meetings.

Publishers’ usual price for the book only : £25.00 + £4.00p&p to a UK address.

Caledonian Railway Association members enjoy a special discount price of

£22.00 for the Book plus £4.00 p&p to a UK address.

Mail orders can be placed using the button below for online payments or by post using the order form here.

Overseas buyers - Postage to non-UK addresses can be significant.  Please contact the Sales Officer for Postage and Packing Costs before ordering.

Dalry Road MPD, Edinburgh (incl. P&P)



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