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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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Edinburgh Transport

Buses

Please click one of the links below OR scroll down this page.

1.  Edinburgh  -  Steam Transport

2.  Edinburgh  -  Horse-drawn Buses

3.  Edinburgh  -  Motor Buses

 

Edinburgh

Steam Transport

There were early experiments with a steam driven carriages on Queensferry Road, for a few months in 1827.

Steam-powered road transport was also used in the early 1870s, on routes between:

-   Edinburgh West End and Leith (a light traction engine pulling a passenger-carrying trailer)

-   Edinburgh and Portobello (a steam-powered bus ran for 4 months until it caught fire).

However, the road surfaces were not good, and most passengers remained loyal to the horse-drawn vehicles.

Reference:  Edinburgh Transport [DGL Hunter]

 

Edinburgh

Horse-drawn Buses

Earlier in the century, most horse drawn road transport carried only two of four passengers, 

However, by 1869, Edinburgh had horse-drawn buses operating several routes.  The buses were painted in different colours, and displayed different coloured lights at night to indicate the route they operated on.

Horse bus at Leopold Place

Horse-drawn buses (as well as horse drawn trams) continued throughout the century.  Photographs of Waverley in the 1890s often show several of the buses standing in Princes Street at the top of Waverley Steps (that lead from Waverley Railway Station).

Reference:  Edinburgh Transport [DGL Hunter]

 

Edinburgh

Motor Buses

In the early 20th century, the main means of public transport in Edinburgh's streets was the cable tramway system, followed by the electric tramway system - but there were also a few buses.

Early Operators

The first motor-bus service, from the Post Office to Haymarket, was introduced as early as 1898.  This used a fleet of Daimler cars with wagonette bodies.

John Love operated Edinburgh's first motor bus service in 1898, running from the Post Office to Haymarket.  

Around 1901, he added a route from Haymarket to Salisbury Place.

By 1906, Edinburgh Autocar Company was operating a route in Portobello.

SMT

In 1905, the Scottish Motor Traction Company was established.

In 1906, its buses ran to Cramond and the Forth Rail Bridge at South Queensferry.

By 1910, the company had 20 motor buses.  Rather than compete with Edinburgh's tramways, the company operated services to towns outside Edinburgh. 

By 1919 it had routes to Bangour, Gorebridge, Penicuik, Rosewell, South Queensferry and Winchburgh.

From 1936, SMT moved their bus stances from Waverley Bridge to St Andrew Square.

Edinburgh & District Motor Company Ltd

In 1914, Edinburgh & District Motor Company Ltd acquired 3 charabancs. 

In 1916 the company operated tours to the Forth Bridge at South Queensferry.

Edinburgh Corporation Transport Department

In July 1919, responsibility for Edinburgh's tramways passed to the Tramways Dept of the City.  The city immediately set about converting the cable tramway system to an electric system.

In 1919, three charabancs arrived and ran a circular service around the City, departing from the Foot of the Mound

 Charabancs at the National Galleries at the Foot of the Mound  -  close-up
Charabancs at The Mound - 1921

In 1922, the Corporation purchased its first double-deck bus.

In 1935, the first covered-top double-deck buses appeared on Edinburgh's streets.

New bus services were introduced in the late 1940s, as new housing was built around Edinburgh.

Throughout the early 1950s, individual tram services were converted to bus operation, the final tram running on 16 November 1956.

Reference:  Edinburgh Transport - The Early Years            [DGL Hunter]

                    Edinburgh Transport - The Corporation Years  [DGL Hunter]

 

 

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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