Gilmerton Terminus - Just beyond Gilmerton
See Reply 3 below
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Robert Laird, Longstone,
Photo taken when?
Thank you to Robert Laird,
Longstone, Edinburgh for allowing me to reproduce the photos above.
I was interested to see the drivers or conductors beside their buses in
Robert, who sent the photo
above to me, together with a photo buses at
Sighthill Terminus in Calder Road, taken in 1950, wrote:
A Job on the Buses
"My dad returned from the World War II,
expecting his job with A&J McNabs to have been kept open for him.
However, a girl in the office suggested he go
down to Shrubhill Depot as they were looking for drivers.
Anyhoo, he did and after a short daunder round
Leith in a single decker he was hired!! Things were so much simpler
The Christmas Parties and summer picnics with
E.C.T. (Edinburgh City Transport) employees' families remain vivid in my
mind. Halcyon days"
"In this photo, the building
beside the bus is a toilet that was built for the bus crews.
According to my dad, it was an absolute nightmare prior to facilities
being provided for them."
Longstone, Edinburgh: October 27, 2011 (2 emails)
Sighthill or Gilmerton?
This was originally described as being a photo of Sighthill Terminus in
"When was this taken? The buses are some
of those that were purchased when the tram system closed in 1956, but it
seems to have been much later before Route 3 was extended to Sighthill.
I have a 1971 transport map and this still shows Route 3 going only as far
as Saughton Road, Longstone."
Thank you to Steven Oliver for solving the problem in his
Reply 2 below.
Alan R Hall
Sedgefield, County Durham, England
Thank you to Alan R Hall, Sedgefield, County Durham, England for
commenting on this photo:
Date of the Photo
two buses on the right in this photo are both Leyland PD2/20s and the
front one is from the batch numbered 401-500 which were delivered in 1954.
The bus on the left, however, is
a Guy Arab IV delivered in 1956. The conductor of that bus is using a TIM
ticket machine which were introduced in Edinburgh from 1933 (on trams) and
by 1935 on some buses. Edinburgh didn't get its first Setright
machines until 1962 and, as far as I can remember, the TIMs were
then quickly phased out.
this photo would seem to date from some time between
Alan R Hall, Sedgefield, County Durham, England
Duns, Borders, Scotland
Thank you to Steven Oliver for his comments on this photo.
It had originally been
suggested that this photo had been taken some time around the mid-1950s,
but this puzzled me because Route 3 did not go as far as Sighthill in the
1950s (or even in the 1960s).
However, Steven Oliver has
provided the answer to this puzzle.
"I think I can help with the
location of this terminus.
One of the 70 Guy Arab
IV/Alexander buses, new in 1956-7 features in the photo. This is
likely to have been on service 8.
All of these Guys were based at
Central Garage throughout their life with ECT. The presence of this bus
suggests that the location is the turning circle just outside
This was the terminus of services
3 and 8. It had a toilet block for use by crews. The toilet block
is still there today and is still used by drivers."
Steven Oliver: Duns, Borders, Scotland:
November 14, 2011
Thank you to Denis Kelly who wrote:
"The date of this picture
is 13 August 1958. This coincided with opening of new terminus on
Gilmerton Station Road, just short of the NCB Gilmerton Colliery which was
in production at that time."
"On the left is Guy Arab IV fleet
924 on service 8 between Gilmerton and Silverknowes
On right are two Leyland Titan
PD2/20ís, the bus in front being fleet 451 with similar bus behind, both
on service 3 between Gilmerton and Saughton Mains."
Both routes 3 and 8 had
originated as tram routes, albeit considerably extended when buses took
Gilmerton Colliery closed 1961
but the terminus is still in use today for short workings of Lothian
Denis Kelly, Edinburgh: August 7, 2012