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Railway Bridge at the bottom of Cultins Road Sighthill. 1957

Railway Bridge at the bottom of Cultins Road Sighthill. 1957

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Cultins Road ran from the Canal Bridge on the old Calder Road towards Turnhouse and the Maybury.

In the 1950s, when this photo was taken, it was a narrow steep hill bordered by trees and fields.

It was also known locally as the German or “Jerry” road due to its close proximity to the Prisoner of War Camp near by.

For several years it was a favourite spot for Travellers to camp near.

The train is being pulled by “The Queen of Scots” making its way into Edinburgh

Thanks to David McMillan for use of his photo.

Stuart Laidlaw Added by Stuart Laidlaw

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    Russ Keith

    We used to take Sunday family walks through this bridge to the Gogarburn Tomato nurseries where you could pick your own in the greenhouses and pay for them on the way out. The Gogar Burn was open and there was a nice grassy area with trees beside the burn near the nurseries where we would picnic and let Laddie (my dog) cool off before heading back home.
    There was a row of houses that I always fantasised about living in behind the nurseries on the other side of the burn and one actually came up for sale at a knock down price when I was house-hunting in the 80s. However its proximity to the routes of the planes coming in to land or taking off at the Edinburgh Airport made it a much less attractive proposition by then.
    I studied at the then Edinburgh College of Commerce in the late 60s/early 70s and revisited that walk but the nurseries had been replaced by batteries of hens which diminished its charm somewhat. By the early 80s when I returned to what was then Stevenson College as a lecturer I could still walk down Cultins Road as far as the bridge but it was blocked up and I couldn’t go any further.
    So endeth my history with Gogarburn and this bridge.

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