Edinburgh Transport

Tram and Bridge and Shops

near the foot of Leith Walk

 

A Tram approaches the Bridge across Leith Walk

The low shops on the right are where Gibson's, Cycle and Aircraft Manufacturers used to be based.

Tram at the Foot of Leith Walk  beside the Palace Cinema  -  travelling towards Newhaven and Granton

  JL Stevenson, with acknowledgement to Kenneth Williamson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh, for sending this photo to me.

 

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   Tram at the Foot of Leith Walk  beside the Palace Cinema  -  travelling towards Newhaven and Granton

 

Comments

1.

Kenneth Williamson

Silverknowes, Edinburgh

Thank you to Kenneth Williamson for sending me this photo of a No.12 tram in Leith Walk, heading towards the foot of the Walk then along the coast to Joppa.  The railway bridge over the Walk was still in place when the photo was taken.

I found the transport, the bridge and the shops all to be of interest in this photo.  When might the photo have been taken?  -  possibly early-1950s?

Kenneth sent the photo above to me after seeing a recent addition to the EdinPhoto web site that included this one, showing where John Gibson, Cycle Makers and Dealers were based from 1903 to 1914. 

Shops at 99-109 Leith Walk, including the site where Gibson's Aeroplane Factory stood in 1910.  Photo taken 2014

Gibson's also designed and built aeroplanes for a few years (1910 to 1913).

 

Comments

2.

Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Thank you to Allan Dodds who wrote:

Leith Walk

Around 1955

    Tram at the Foot of Leith Walk  beside the Palace Cinema  -  travelling towards Newhaven and Granton

"This picture looks familiar to me as I used to cycle around that area on my first bike.

The photo dates at around 1955 as it features a Standard Vanguard Series 1 car that was built in 1953."

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Leith Walk

1953-54

Trams stopped running in Edinburgh in November 1956.  However, I believe that Service 12 was replaced by buses on 11 July 1954, so that would date this photo to 1953-54 ***

*** assuming I've correctly interpreted the comment about trams on Service 12 being replaced by buses, on Page 81 of DLG Hunter's boook 'Edinburgh's Transport: The Corporation Years'.

 

 

 

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