Craigentinny Depot

Craigentinny is a railway traction maintenance depot located between Northfield and Craigentinny in the east of Edinburgh. It services trains operating on the East Coast Main Line and Glasgow-Edinburgh route. The depot began c.1910 as carriage sidings for the North British Railway (NBR), which operated services in East-Central Scotland and beyond. The NBR was merged into the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923 and Craigentinny developed into their engine maintenance depot, particularly after the closure St. Margaret's Depot at Jock's Lodge in 1967. The depot was extensively modernised in 1978 for the introduction of the InterCity 125 High Speed Trains to East Coast services and remains the primary maintenance Depot for the HST fleet, carrying out the full range of maintenance tasks, from light attention to heavy overhauls, together with trains for CrossCountry and TransPennine Express. Facilities were extended as part of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme in 2017-18 to maintain the fleet of Class 385 trains which run on that route and are stabled at Millerhill Depot. In 2018, Hitachi took over running the depot from a more recent re-incarnation of the London and North Eastern Railway, the government-owned company that operates trains on the East Coast Main Line.

Over the years, Craigentinny has serviced some of the railway’s most iconic locomotives, including Flying Scotsman and Mallard in the steam era, and the powerful Deltic diesel-electric engines of the 1960s.

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