Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport
Here is some heavy equipment, manufactured by
Peebles of Edinburgh.
Are these generators? Was this equipment originally
used to drive the cables for Edinburgh's cable car system?
© Photo from the
Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson,
Royston, Edinburgh: March 11, 2012
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Thank you to Patrick Lindsay for
posting a comment in the EdinPhoto guestbook.
"The drum looks more like the outer frame
carrying the fixed stator windings (those flat things you see going in and
out all around the frame) of an early rotating machine.
It looks like this is an older
machine than the the machine in the foreground. The foreground
machine is a motor.
Possibly, that's the reason for the photo
having been taken.
Also it looks as if part of a bracket that
would hold this fixed frame in place is just disappearing behind the
left-hand side of the front machine."
"Did Shrubhill generate it's own tram power
for winding the cable for the cable trams, or for the electric trams?
If so, from what? These machines are possibly too small to wind the
We need someone to kindly clarify if these
machines were used for cable or electric trams."
Patrick Lindsay, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook: March 27, 2012
book 'Edinburgh Transport - The Early Years', DLG Hunter includes a
photograph of a large wheel and other heavy equipment. His caption for the
'Shrubhill cable power station. This part of
the building became the "heavy repair shop" in electric car days and dealt
with truck repairs.'
this reference to the cable power station imply that Shrubhill did
generate its own electricity in cable car days?
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: March 30, 2012
Thank you to Benzyl who replied:
"These are generators similar to the one seen
being assembled in 1904 in this
At the time, the power was
generated locally in the tram works, such as at Portobello, up until they
went on the National Grid, quite a few years later when it was capable of
supplying the high loads as compared to home lighting and more domestic
The cable car winding wheels
that I recall seeing being demolished in pictures of the Tollcross winding
house being re-purposed were about eighteen feet across and much more
mechanically simple in nature and powered by locally situated steam
Benzyl, Edinburgh: March 31, 2012