Edinburgh Castle - Forth
Bridge - Holyrood Palace - Princes Street - St Giles
Reproduced with acknowledgement to the
National Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire, England
Here are five popular views of
- Edinburgh Castle
- Forth Bridge
- Holyrood Palace
- Princes Street, looking west,
and the Scott Monument
- St Giles Cathedral
I don't know the publisher of this post
card. I have only seen the front of the card.
Looking at the back of
this card might reveal who the publisher was and /or when the
card is likely to have been published.
Most of the views in this card have
changed little, apart from the removal of the gardens above
the Waverley Market in the photograph of Princes Street and
the Scott Monument.
However if anybody recognises the train
or locomotive on the card, that might give a clue as to when
the card might have been published. Did the publisher,
perhaps, also produce similar postcards for other towns and
cities, using the same picture of the train?
Thank you to David King who replied to
my question about the train shown on this postcard:
in Edinburgh - on a London & South Western Railway train!.
Maybe not! Presumably a ‘stock’ photograph, and the
publisher thought nobody would realise that the train was
about 400 miles out of place.
I am fairly sure that the
locomotive is an LSWR Class T14 designed by Dugald Drummond
and introduced in 1911 for main line services between London
Waterloo and the south coast, for example Bournemouth and
These engines were nicknamed
‘Paddleboxes’ possibly by passengers who saw the resemblance
with the Isle of Wight ferries, which at the time were mainly
paddle steamers. The carriages are typical LSWR profile too.
The usual photographs of these
engines are at places like Eastleigh and Surbiton. They had
various innovative (and troublesome) features which were
almost immediately removed by Robert Urie, Drummond’s
successor, after Drummond died in office at the age of 72."
"I should add, as you are looking
for dates, that Drummond died in 1912. These locomotives were
rebuilt starting in 1915. If the picture was approved in any
way by the LSWR, they would probably
not have been too keen for this image to represent the company
after Drummond’s demise as the engines
were a ‘disappointment’ in a number of ways."
David King, Trinity,
Edinburgh: October 27, 2010
Thank you to Stephen Griffiths who sent me a
similar card to the one at the top of this page, but with the
'Just arrived at DUNFERMLINE'
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Stephen Griffiths,
Carlisle, Cumbria, ENgland
"I can only echo most of
David King's comments about this card,
and add that it was most probably a stock card used by a
relatively local publisher
is one referring to Dunfermline which is virtually Identical,
with just a few photos changed to suit the different location."
Stephen Griffiths, Carlisle,
December 28, 2011