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  • Railway and transport history of a unique line is the primary project focus
  • Social and economic development of the upper Water of Leith communities (Colinton, Juniper Green, Currie and Balerno)
  • Industrial and economic history of the mills of the Water of Leith
  • Robert Louis Stevenson:
    • Colinton connection through his Grandfather, Rev. Dr. Lewis Balfour, Minister of Colinton for 37 years
    • “From a Railway Carriage” is a striking description of a child's rail journey - though RLS may not have travelled on the line
  • Did Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Owen use the line to reach their meeting at Baberton Golf Club in October 1917 – 100 years ago?
  • Wilfred Owen was a regular visitor to Colinton when a patient at Craiglockhart with Siegfried Sassoon and mentions it in letters to his Mother
  • Phoebe Anna Traquair and many other notable residents would have used the line regularly
  • Edwin G Lucas, Juniper Green and Hailes resident, painted many Pentlands landscapes featuring the line as well as travelling on it.
  • This is a major opportunity to record the Army’s place in Colinton's community, from the opening of Redford Barracks (1919) onward
  • Church and other picnics in the country from the city centre - the line was often called "the picnic line"
  • Local Churches' history – 1095 onward!
  • Roman raiders between 71-215 AD
  • Evidence of Neolithic habitation in Spylaw (Axe Head)
  • Many other famous (and infamous) local residents

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