At the strike of 9pm tonight, over 400,000 fireworks will light up the sky over Edinburgh Castle in the Summer fests' last big splurge: the 45 minute Edinburgh Festival (Virgin Money) Fireworks Concert.
This year, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker will perform Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Festival Fireworks stalwarts Pyrovision are providing the choreographed big bangs.
ScotRail will be running more than 60 extra carriages – and ten additional trains – to transport spectators to and from central Edinburgh on Sunday evening.
Before the concert, ScotRail will provide longer trains from Glasgow Queen Street and Fife into Edinburgh, as well as an additional train from Newcraighall.
A total of nine additional trains will leave the capital after the concert – including services to North Berwick, Newcraighall, Fife, West Calder and Glasgow via Bathgate. And extra carriages will be added to late night trains to Glasgow Queen Street, Fife, Perth and Dundee.
ScotRail managing director Steve Montgomery added: “We are providing dozens of extra carriages on trains to and from the capital to help customers’ journeys run smoothly. However, we would stress that some services will still be busy and it’s worth buying tickets in advance.”
The fireworks concert trains are in addition to ScotRail’s 2013 Edinburgh Festivals timetable, which provided more than 330,000 additional seats for festival-goers during August.
The additional ScotRail trains are:
- 20:12 Newcraighall to Edinburgh
- 22:07 Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick
- 22:14 Edinburgh to Edinburgh via Kirkcaldy (Not calling at Haymarket)
- 22:18 Edinburgh to Newcraighall
- 22:19 Edinburgh to Edinburgh via Dunfermline (Not calling at Haymarket)
- 22:24 Edinburgh to Partick (Not calling at High St or Charing Cross)
- 22:33 Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick
- 22:44 Edinburgh to West Calder
- 22:47 Edinburgh to Edinburgh via Dunfermline (Not calling at Haymarket)
- 22:56 Edinburgh to Edinburgh via Kirkcaldy (Not calling at Haymarket)