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It would be interesting to have some expansion of the sourcing comment. I regard the Railscot site and The Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Railways as pretty good and reliable sources. I can see the merit in getting multiple sources for contentious or controversial claims, but I am struggling to see it for this article; as long as reliable sources are provided, what's the problem? --John (talk) 01:25, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
Let's put it another way. The article was created on 19th and submitted for GAN on 22nd? The grammar is good, it is neutral and the prose is good. It has fifteen in-line citations, three of which come from RailScot - which I happen to agree is a reliable source; one from a youth club web site to verify that one station is currently in use as a youth centre; one from a web site on Leith Citadel railway station, which is more of an External link than a citation. You use Peter Stubbs' web site as a citation for rediscovery of the southern entrance; it is an interesting web site and its probably acceptable for that purpose, but unlike Railscot, it does not list its references.
The article is some way between a C-class article and a B-class article. It is currently classed as C-class, but I shalln't object if it is reclassified as a B-class article; but it is not a GA-class article. The article is not much longer than Leith Central railway station, which is currently a Start-class article, but that is somewhat under referenced. I'm not asking for multiple sources, I'm asking for sources and an adequate scope. RailScot and SubBrit would normally go into the External links section; but as SubBrit has information on the Scotland Street tunnel that probably does not exist elsewhere, I would accept SubBrit as an in-line citation for post-railway use of Scotland Street tunnel, etc. The Scotland Street tunnel linked to Waverley railway station at right angles to the through lines, but that is not in your article. You mention the Granton boat trains, but the significance is greatly underplayed: the link stopped because the Forth Railway Bridge was built, but that's not in the article. The more I think about it, you have in terms of scope a Start-class article that is referenced by about ten to fifteen minutes of google searches. You have Awdry, Jowett & Smith and Anderson in the sources, but they are not cited as references; were they added as an after thought or did they get copied and pasted from elsewhere? The Glasgow and South Western Railway is a better article than this, and it is only start-class, I must re-assess it to night.
The following references cover the line (in full or part), I verified them to night; and I suspect that you probably could have got these references from RailScott:
Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN1-8526-0508-1. OCLC60251199.
Thomas, John; Paterson, Rev A. J. S. (1984). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. VI Scotland: The Lowlands and the Borders (2nd ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN0-9465-3712-7. OCLC12521072.
Jowett, Alan (1993). Jowett's Atlas of Railway Centres: of Great Britain showing their development from the earliest times up to and including the 1990s - Volume 1 (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN1-8526-0420-4. OCLC30919645.
I'm happy to work with you to create a GA-class article, but this article is not anywhere near GA class.Pyrotec (talk) 17:34, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
To avoid any doubt, I'm not "attacking" the article as such; the article is generally good. I casting doubts on the wisdom of submitting an article to GAN which was less than a week old; which was of limited scope and used a limited number of web-based references. Pyrotec (talk) 20:41, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for your insightful comments. The 90 degree link at Canal St is mentioned, but only in the connections section. I look forward to improving this with you. --John (talk) 07:16, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
This railway is extensively covered in, books listed in Category:Rail transport book citation templates. For example, Robertson (1983), Thomas (1971), Jowett (1993), Awdry (1990). The Sub Brit web site has useful information not found elsewhere, such as the use of Scotland Street tunnel as a WWII air raid shelter, etc; but for other than this its an External link, not a reference. The article is currently at about C-class, certainly not a GA.