The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian (better known to many as The Caley) is hosting a photographic exhibition “Uncovering Edinburgh’s Lost Station”, which is well worth a visit.
Curated by David McLean of The Scotsman and Evening News and founder of the hugely popular Lost Edinburgh Facebook page, the exhibition shows photographs of Princes Street Station which closed in 1965, and is very aptly displayed in Peacock Alley which is on the site of the former railway station and incorporates parts of the old station building.
This exhibition is a very personal one for David, as it was seeing a photograph of Princes Street Station in an Evening News supplement of 1999 that first sparked his interest in Edinburgh’s history. His granddad, who was a wheel-tapper (maintenance man working on locomotives) based in the station, was in that photograph, which is of course central to the display here. As his granddad was starting to have memory problems in his later years, David put together some old photos of Edinburgh to share with him and, from this small start, Lost Edinburgh began.
The free exhibition runs from 27th July until 31st August, so if you’re in the West End you should drop in and see it. It’s also a great excuse to go in through the grand entrance of The Caley!
Review by Lisa Sibbald