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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

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Recollections

1.

Matt Rooney

New Cumnock, Edinburgh

Thank you to Matt Rooney, New Cumnock. Ayrshire, Scotland, for the recollections one of his many jobs in and around Edinburgh  -  driving SMT buses.

Matt writes:

Driving SMT Buses

Dalkeith

    Eastern Scottish Buses in Edinburgh New Street Depot

"I worked as a driver with the S.M.T. at Dalkeith when there were Conductors and Conductresses taking the fare's

Being new, like others before me, I was put onto 'split shifts' where I might work for a couple and a bit hours very early in the Morning and have to go back later on in the day to finish off the rest of the shift.

Then I was put on a regular route.  One week it would be the Musselburgh to Penicuik run - the journey time was 55 minutes and believe me if we got held up at all.

The following week it would be the Birkenside / Newtongrange and into Edinburgh and outgoing from St Andrews Square where the original stances used to be.

Dalkeith was where we started and finished our shifts. Most of the bus crews liked practical jokes, especially if they'd been a holiday to Blackpool, as I don't remember many joke shops in Edinburgh."

Edinburgh

"The only time that we didn't work out of Dalkeith was in the summer months when the older drivers were put on the London run's, and then we would cover their shifts from Edinburgh, for a fortnight."

Smeaton Pit

"SMT had enough contract's to keep them going.  One of the Contracts was with the National Coal Board where they picked up the miners from Smeaton Pit and take them to Dalkeith Colliery (which was on the road from Dalkeith to Wallyford just before you get to Whitecraigs).

Smeaton Pit didn't have washing facilities like showers so the miners had to go to the other pit to get showered, then return to Smeaton pit and get their buses home.

I was glad that I was just a driver as I didn't fancy the job of cleaning out the bus after the miners had sat in it."

Berwick

"On the Berwick run as we had a Following of girls that seemed to be on our bus more than they ought,  I was still single at the time and 24 ish.  it was the Same when I was in the Army.  They say its the draw of the uniform.  It does sound far fetched but it was a fact."

Driving for other Companies

"After driving the buses for SMT, I continued to work as a bus driver, mostly in my spare time.  This was when I worked as an insurance agent in the Loanhead and Gilmerton areas.

On odd occasions I worked part time for "Hunter's of Loanhead,"  for in the summer months extra drivers were needed to take parties of folk to see the Sites of Scotland.

I also worked for William Stewart's coaches of Dalkeith."

Matt Rooney, New Cumnock, Edinburgh ( now aged 73) : August 2005

 

Recollections

2.

RA Whyte

Thank you to RA Whyte who wrote:

"Here is a photo of SMT Staff, taken some time in the 1920s at the SMT Bus Depot in Edinburgh. 

In the front row, third from the left is my late Aunt Nan.

   A Group of ataff at the SMT Bus Garage.  Photo taken some time in the 1920s.

   Reproduced with acknowledgement to RA Whyte

View a larger copy of this photo

and read recollections of working for SMT, Edinburgh

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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