The early morning sun is wonderful as a Trainload Construction liveried 56043 gets away from the Powderhall Refuge Transfer Station with 6B41, due off at 0709, to Oxwellmains land fill site near Dunbar.
56089 departs Millerhill Yard, it wears the early version of the EWS red and gold house colours. This is 6C12, 0805 off Millerhill to Ravenstruther empty HAA coal hoppers.
Loadhaul 56077 makes a smokey departure from Millerhill for an unknown destination.
This was a real bonus, a class 8 trip working, not something seen every day. 08201 slips away from Millerhill with three Ferry wagons in tow. The train is 8B12 0920 from Millerhill to Leith Docks.
This short period of Grid mania sees 56132 head away from Millerhill with an early running 6C14, due off at 0953 to Ravenstruther. The loco is in two tone grey with Transrail branding and hauls a rake of empty HAA coal hoppers for loading.
The line from Millerhill Yard to the south runs past Old Craighall, Loadhaul 56055 heads away from the yard to the south light engine. It is running as 0D68 from Millerhill to Oxwellmains Cement Works.
37680 runs through the platforms of the long closed station at Duddingston on the Edinburgh Suburban Line with an engineers train.
InterCity liveried 86209 passes through Slateford with 1S48 0905 Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh.
A class 2 working approaches Slateford with a train bound for Glasgow Central and is formed by 156500. The train is 2Y63, 1322 off Edinburgh and will bear right at Midcalder Junction 9 miles away.
56043 has finished its duties on the Powderhall Binliner and is now on a MGR working, 6D70 1310 Cockenzie to Mossend empty HAA hoppers. It is about to leave the Edinburgh Sub and join the main line to Midcalder Junction and points west.
To gain the Suburban line, eastbound traffic has to run through Slateford station wrong road. 56114 does just that with 6E25, 1325 Mossend to Tyne Yard loaded coal train.
Still at Slateford, "Tug" 60033 comes through with the empty steel flats from Dalzell steel works to Lackenby, 6E30 1329 from Dalzell. A class 60 is the prefered traction due to the weight of the loaded train.
Under a clear blue sky and in full sun, 60023 stands at Leith Docks before joining its train of coated pipes.
60023 slowly traverses the Leith Docks branch with its pipes for the south. The train is bound for Wansford on the private Nene Valley Railway and is part of a new gas pipeline. At one time, the area now occupied by the large shed was a mass of sidings.
A class 325 Royal Mail EMU passes Portobello with 1M51 1522 Shieldmuir to Willesden working.
The train was held clear of the ECML to allow a southbound GNER and Royal Mail train to pass. Now the road is clear and 60023 gets away from Edinburgh for the run down the ECML to Peterborough.