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Plaque unveiled at platform four to mark engineering achievements of John Miller

Plaque unveiled at platform four to mark engineering achievements of John Miller

26 July 2005

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Plaque unveiled at platform four to mark engineering achievements of John Miller

26 July 2005

Today, (Tuesday 26 July), Haymarket Station in Edinburgh played host to an event organised by Professor Roland Paxton of Heriot-Watt University and the Institution of Civil Engineers, commemorating the achievements of one of Scotland’s greatest engineers, John Miller.

A plaque provided by the Institution, was unveiled on platform 4 by Sarah Boyack, MSP for Edinburgh Central, dedicated to the work and legacy of a man described as a ‘Scottish Railway Engineer Extraordinaire’. Joining her and Institution representatives Professor Paxton and Brian Cooper was John Miller’s great, great grand-daughter, Paula Clarke and her family, along with representatives from First Scotrail and Network Rail.

John was responsible for the implementation of a number of our railways as we know them today including the 45-mile line from Edinburgh to Glasgow, one of Scotland’s busiest, which is considered to be an engineering masterpiece in itself due to its virtually level route, tunnels and viaducts. His other lines include Dundee / Arbroath, Glasgow / Dumfries and Edinburgh / Berwick upon Tweed, the first cross – Border rail link.

The location of the plaque has been chosen specifically for a number of reasons. Platform 4 is one of the one of the main platforms used for the arrival of the Glasgow Express service, which runs on the railway line inspired and implemented by Miller. It also allows passengers to spare a thought for a man whose foresight, skill and achievement continues to contribute to their rapid and frequent inter-city journey.

Professor Roland Paxton, who was inspired to bring the memorial to fruition after acquiring a portrait of John Miller for the university three years ago said, “It is wonderful to see this recognition for the greatest designer of masonry viaducts of all time.”

Mary Dickson, First ScotRail’s Managing Director said, “First ScotRail is delighted to have inherited the legacy of John Miller and are working hard to ensure our services continue to pay dividend to his achievements. Haymarket is our third busiest station in Scotland, handling not only the Glasgow / Edinburgh Express customers but those interchanging between Fife and Glasgow or the south. It is a great honour to be involved in recognising the legacy of a man whose work has and continues to have, such an impact on Scotland’s railways today.”

Sarah Boyack MSP, who carried out the unveiling added, “As we celebrate the vision of John Miller, a railway pioneer in Scotland, it is natural to turn our thoughts to the legacy our generation leaves. I look to all in the railway industry working with the Scottish Executive, the City Council and those of us who use the railways to make sure that Haymarket and Waverley Stations are upgraded to meet the needs of passengers in the 21st century.”