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Recollections

Broughton

Buses

-  Annandale Street Bus Garage

-  Trolleybus

-  Severe Winter

-  TV Broadcast

-  Bellevue

 

Buses

Annandale Street Garage, Broughton, Seafield and Bellevue

Thank you to Alex Dow, Fife, Scotland, formerly Edinburgh,  for the following recollections from the 1950s.

Annandale Street Bus Garage

I lived in Bellevue Road, just round from Annandale Street bus garage.  Along with other lads from around there, we would help with recording the refueling of the buses as they came of duty in the early evenings, up in the  room above the Green Street entrance, spiral staircase access nearest Bellevue (Drummond) School, greasy pole high-speed exit at the other end. I met up with three of them back in September, after almost fifty years.

The diesel double decker fleet numbers were prefixed 'G', single deckers 'A' and the petrol single deckers (mainly tours) 'X'."

Panorama Photo

  Edinburgh Corporation Transport Bus Depot

"I am pretty certain that the diagonal parking was not the norm; and the photos were probably specially posed to show the first major post-war refurbishment of the fleet with mainly Daimlers (fluted radiators), so late 1940s and clearly before the (re-)introduction of advertising in the early 1950s, also appearing on the remaining tram fleet.

It may coincide with the major conference of Transport Managers held about 1950 or 1951, when many buses of other operators and also export were exhibited at the west/school end of the garage."

Trolleybus

"That week, a Glasgow trolleybus was demonstrated on Seafield Road Portobello, being towed there each morning and back each evening.  On the demonstrations, the trolleybus ran on it batteries, parking at the King's Road tram terminus to recharge.  This was achieved by connecting one trolley to the tram overhead and a chain or cable to a weight in the tram rail."

Severe Winter

"In the early 1950s, there was a very severe winter and Edinburgh City Transport had taken over what was the coal yard (now fire station) of McDonald Road Power Station. To prevent engine damage etc, those buses and any outside at Annandale Street, had their engines running continuously overnight.  It was quite a sight to see and hear (and probably smell) at McDonald Road."

TV Broadcast

"Later, about 1956, the western end of the garage was cleared of buses to allow a live, TV broadcast of a car manoeuvering rally to take place.  Several double-deckers were parked around the sides of the cleared area, rather like ropes around a boxing ring. Sheets and blankets were used to hide the adverts.

I helped the TV crew during rehearsals, using a rusty bit of wire to trace the intended car route through the obstacles. The wire was lying on the garage floor and was nicely matt, so avoiding unwanted reflections into the cameras."

Bellevue

"As part of the agreement for Bellevue Road being publicly-adopted, the Town Council agreed that no buses would use Bellevue Road; and I have seen the notice to that effect inside the Annandale St door of the garage.

Bellevue School was part of a park at one time, hence the janitor having to keep the gates open for access to the longer of the school and/or public park hours; and also the "park-style" of boards at its gates for many years"

Alex Dow, Fife, Scotland:   October 24, 2005

 

Central Garage

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks