Down for arrivals and departures

View from North Bridge to Calton Hill, Edinburgh, August 2019

The ridged glass roof, seen above, hides much of Edinburgh’s main railway station, Waverley. The station sits down in a valley in the centre of Edinburgh, between the medieval Old Town (behind us and up to the right) and the 18th century New Town (to our left). Directly in front, stands Calton Hill with a number of 19th century monuments, including the National Monument, the Nelson Monument, the City Observatory, and the Political Martyrs’ Monument.

Much of the station, and its associated shopping mall, is an eye sore to me, visible from Princes Street and clashing with the charm and grace of the rest of the city. However, I do like the jagged glass roof. It had deteriorated badly over the years, with felt, plastic and wired glass all joggling for position up there. Happily, in 2012, the whole surface was replaced with 34,000 m2 of reinforced glass, making the view from above attractive, and giving far more light in the station below.

Another view down onto Waverley Station, January 2019

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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 27 August 2019

Posted as part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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