Edinburgh's Transport

Decorated Trams

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1.

Waverley Market  -  RAF Exhibition

After Withdrawal from passenger service in 1939, this car, No.221, was decorated to commemorate several events.
Here it is painted silver and decorated for the first of the events - an RAF Exhibition at Waverley Market
[DLG Hunter, Edinburgh Transport, The Corporation Years]

This photo was taken on taken on The Mound, close to the junction with Market Street.

Decorated Trams  -  Waverley Market  -  Raf Exhibition

  Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to Lothian Buses
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh

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2.

Save for Victory  -  Buy National Savings Certificates

What is the elaborate building in the background in this photo?

Decorated Trams  -  National Savings Certificates

  Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to Lothian Buses
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh

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3.

National Service  -  Enrol To-day

Is this the other side of the tram in Photo 4 below?

Decorated Trams  -  National Service  -  Enrol To-day

  Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to Lothian Buses
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh

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4.

National Service  -  Service Means Safety

Is this the other side of the tram in Photo 3 above?

Decorated Trams  -  National Service  -  Service Means Safety

  Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to Lothian Buses
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh

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5.

Crown  travelling down The Mound

This car was decorated in to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI in May 1937.

It toured the system for two weeks before being scrapped.

[DLG Hunter, Edinburgh Transport, The Corporation Years]

The Scott Monument, tower of Forsyths' store, North British Hotel and smoke from the railway in the background.

Decorated Trams  - Crown on the Mound

  Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to Lothian Buses
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh

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6.

Crest

This car was decorated in July 1934 with 7,500 blooms

 for the visit to Edinburgh of King George V and Queen Mary.

The decoration was completed  just in time for the visit, then dismantled the next day.

[DLG Hunter, Edinburgh Transport, The Corporation Years]

Decorated Trams  -  Coat of Arms

  Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to Lothian Buses
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh

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7.

GR Celebration

An early photo.  Note 'Victory' on the front of the tram.  What was being celebrated?

Decorated Trams  -  GR Anniversary

  Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to Lothian Buses
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh

 

Enlarge these photos

Decorated Trams  -  Waverley Market  -  Raf Exhibition

Waverley Market - RAF Exhibition

Decorated Trams  -  National Savings Certificates

National Savings Certificates

Decorated Trams  -  National Service  -  Enrol To-day

National Service  -  Enrol To-day

Decorated Trams  -  National Service  -  Service Means Safety

National Service  -  Service Means Safety

Decorated Trams  - Crown on the Mound

Crown on the Mound

Decorated Trams  -  Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Decorated Trams  -  GR Anniversary

GR - Anniversary

 

Reply

1.

Gus Coutts

Duddingston, Edinburgh

Thank you to Gus Coutts who wrote:

Tram Photo 2

    Decorated Trams  -  National Savings Certificates

"The building in the background of Tram Photo 2 could be Coillesdene House in Joppa, the site of which is now occupied by a block of flats."

Gus Coutts, Duddingston, Edinburgh:  February 27, 2012

 

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2.

Archie Foley

Joppa, Edinburgh

Thank you to Archie Foley who wrote:

Tram Photo 2

    Decorated Trams  -  National Savings Certificates

"This photograph was definitely taken at Coillesdene House, Joppa as Gus suggests

Apart from the idiosyncratic architecture of the house, the brick wall is also a distinctive feature.

Both the house and the wall, which is still there, were built using red bricks specially brought up from England."

Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:  February 27, 2012

Thank you to Archie for also sending m e these photos of the old Coillesdene House and the new bock of flats with the same name, that were built on the site of the old house.

Please click on these thumbnail image to enlarge the photo.

Coillesdene House

The old house

Coillesdene House, Joppa, Edinburgh  -  a view from an Edwardian postcard

Coillesdene House

The new tower block

  

 

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