It is still possible to find items from the first generation trams that once ran in Edinburgh.
This page was created in August 2016 and is a work in progress as we access sites and obtain more information. 16 November 2016 was sixty years since the first generation trams disappeared from the streets of Edinburgh.
Please see the descriptions and also the additional photographs and details below at the lower end of this page.
No 23 Horse Tram is on show at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, M90 Commerce Park, Lathalmond, by Dunfermline, Fife KY12 0SJ.
No 35 is on static display at the National Tram Museum, Crich Tramway Village, near Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP.
No 226 is presently undergoing restoration as a cable car.
- please also see photographs below.
Former Shrubhill Depot (More photos below)
A former depot in Henderson Row has the inscription of Edinburgh Corporation Tramway retained following redevelopment. More photos below.
Former Gorgie Depot now a supermarket. See other images and one of the original depot below.
Former Depot in Leith Walk. See more details below.
Former Tollcross Depot has been demolished and is now a Fire Station.
Sign behind tram on building indicates that this was also the site of "Tollcross Power Station".
Former Portobello Tram Depot is demolished.
Tram Shelter in Pentland Road at the former Braids Terminus still exists today.
Photograph from Roy Calderwood
Original Tramway Overhead Support and Streetlight Columns, one of two remaining, in Dryden Street. The addition of a tramline in Dryden Street was made in 1920 (More photos below).
Map showing route of tramline on Dryden Street.
Tram Rosettes which were used on buildings to suspend cabling are covered in more detail on a seperate page on this site. Details available by clicking here.
The web site of the world famous Aberdeen Tram Rosette Appreciation Society can be accessed by clicking here.
When the first generation trams were withdrawn it was decided in places that it was easier to leave the track which was embeded in the road surface where it was.
This photograph shows track in the road which was uncovered when new electrical equipment was being installed for the redevelopment of St James Centre in October 2015. Some more photographs are below.
This sign sold at G W Railwayana Auctions. Photo Courtesy G W Railwayana.
A number of models of the first generation trams are in private collections.
Gauge 1 scale model by one of our members, Chris Romain. Image supplied by Chris Romain.
Above : diagram of an Edinburgh Trams
Below : plastic token used forpaying fare on a tram
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