Edinburgh's Transport

Shrubhill Works

Heavy Workshop converted to Temporary Dormitory
for Volunteer Workers during the General Strike

May 1926

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Shrubhill Works  -  Beds in the Temporary Dormitory

The Heavy Repair Shop at Shrubhill Tram Works converted to become a dormitory for volunteer workers during the General Strike in May 1926

  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:  March 11, 2012

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Shrubhill Works  -  Beds in the Temporary Dormitory

The Heavy Repair Shop at Shrubhill Tram Works converted to become a dormitory for volunteer workers during the General Strike in May 1926

  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:  March 11, 2012

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Shrubhill Works  -  Beds, Workers and Tram in the Temporary Dormitory

The Heavy Repair Shop at Shrubhill Tram Works converted to become a dormitory for volunteer workers during the General Strike in May 1926

  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:  March 11, 2012

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4.

Shrubhill Works  -  Beds, Workers and Tram in the Temporary Dormitory

The Heavy Repair Shop at Shrubhill Tram Works converted to become a dormitory for volunteer workers during the General Strike in May 1926

  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:  March 11, 2012

 

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The Heavy Repair Shop at Shrubhill Tram Works converted to become a dormitory for volunteer workers during the General Strike in May 1926             The Heavy Repair Shop at Shrubhill Tram Works converted to become a dormitory for volunteer workers during the General Strike in May 1926

The Heavy Repair Shop at Shrubhill Tram Works converted to become a dormitory for volunteer workers during the General Strike in May 1926             The Heavy Repair Shop at Shrubhill Tram Works converted to become a dormitory for volunteer workers during the General Strike in May 1926

 

Shrubhill Works

Temporary Dormitory in the Heavy Workshop

The General Strike

Here are some brief extracts from the book, 'Edinburgh Transport, The Corporation Years' (Publ:  Adam Gordon) in which DLG Hunter wrote about the General Strike:

"1926 was the year of the General Strike, which started on Tuesday 4 May.

Students and others manned cars and buses and indeed enjoyed it ...  Fifty-four cars were run from Shrubhill on the first day and all the buses were in use until about 6pm.

Part s of  Shrubhill Workshops were transformed into a temporary dormitory for these volunteers, with pies and lemonade supplied.

On 5 May, cars and buses were run till 6 o' clock on most routes except in Leith.  However, attacks on vehicles and crews increased in the afternoon and many cars and buses lost windows.

Trouble continued on 6 May, but there were less problems on 7 and 8 May and more cars were run.  There was no service on Sunday 10 May.

On Wednesday 12 May, the strike was called off and full normal services were resumed the following day.

 

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