Linlithgow Railway Station

(Gleann Iucha)

Situated on Station Road, just to the east of the town centre, Linlithgow Railway Station (Gael: Gleann Iucha) serves the line from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street Station. It is preceded by Polmont Railway Station, 4½ miles (7 km) to the west, and followed by Edinburgh Park, 12 miles (19 km) to the east southeast. Most likely the work of John Miller (1805-83), who was the engineer responsible for the line, the station dates from 1842 and is now C-listed. Although extended in the 1870s and internally remodelled in 1986, this remains one of the best-preserved stations built for the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Company. The platforms are elevated to first-floor level, with the road beneath, as the track occupies an embankment retained by massive stone walls. The car park occupies the former goods yard. Now operated by ScotRail, it serves more than 1.15 million passengers annually (2011), mostly commuters. The eastbound waiting room features a large mural of the annual Riding of the Linlithgow Marches procession by American artist Mary-Louise Coulouris (1939 - 2011), and the station is proud of its flower displays, provided under the auspices of the 'Burgh Beautiful' campaign. Remarkably, Linlithgow Railway Station has appeared on a 12-dalasi postage stamp, one of a series issued by The Gambia in 2004 to commemorate 200 years of steam locomotion.

The adjacent Star and Garter Hotel dates from 1758 and served as the railway hotel, although was never owned by the railway company. This hotel was also the base for the Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Hunt for many years and had to be completely restored after a fire in 2010.

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