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Written by Ewan Tait - 05 Jan 2004
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Location notes
Haymarket is located a mile or so to the west of Edinburgh Waverley.
Railway type and traffic
Mostly passenger trains. 150s, 156s, 158s, 170s, 322s, 220s, 221s, HSTs, class 91s. Sleepers. Daily cement between Oxwellmains and Viewpark (in one direction only). Weekly flows to Inverness and Aberdeen?
The station is split roughly in two. Services heading out along the Edinburgh & Glasgow (Glasgow, Dunblane/Stirling and Bathgate services) use platforms 3 and 4. Services heading out across the Forth Bridge use platforms 1 and 2. The station isn't bidirectional, so westbound services use platforms 2 and 4, while eastbound services (to Waverley) use platforms 1 and 3.
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RTT Link Haymarket Station
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Busy station in the middle of Edinburgh - should be fairly safe even in the evenings.
Road directions
The station is on the A8 route into Edinburgh.

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Haymarket Station map co-ordinates
There's a station car park.
Public transport
Frequent train service from Waverley and plenty of buses from the centre of Edinburgh

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Newsagent by the ticket office and station buffet on platform 4.
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Haymarket Station

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Haymarket Station general view map
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Haymarket Station

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Photographic notes
At the east end of the station the line goes into the Haymarket Tunnels so the west end of the station has better lighting. Apart from one or two trains an hour, all services are heading out along the straight. So the west end of the station allows some good shots. I prefer platform 4 as you can see right across all four lines, but the island platform also offers a good vantage. The only problem is the evenings when you'll have the sun in your eyes when facing west.

General views - All photographs © Ewan Tait unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - looking east

Fig 1 - looking east

From the Highland end of platform 4 looking towards Waverly.

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

From platfom 2, Tunnel end.

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

From the Highlands end of platform 4.

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

A wider shot of a GNER HST arriving.

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