EDINBURGH TRAM NETWORK
and The First Generation Trams
Page last updated 20th December 2015
DETAILS OF EDINBURGH TRAMS IN PRESERVATION
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE FIRST GENERATION TRAMS ALONG THE PLANNED SECOND GENERATION TRAM NETWORK
In 1952 a programme commenced to replace the entire tramway fleet with motor buses. The first few cars were scrapped at Shrubhill. The last of the old trams ran in November 1956.
Following public consultation in 2003, plans for a new Tramway network for Edinburgh were agreed by the Scottish Parliament. Following approval and funding, preparation works commenced in 2007. The first prototype of the new tram arrived in Princes Street in 2010 and remained there until early 2011. The test track beside the Gogar Depot saw driver training in December 2011, celebrating the return of trams to Edinburgh.
Map of the Edinburgh Tram System covering 1922-1956. A larger version of this map is available in the photographs below.
FIRST GENERATION EDINBURGH TRAMS IN PRESERVATION
Please have a look at our enthusiasts section for more details and photographs of these trams in preservation.
Tram 23 has been restored in all its glory and is on show at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum in Lathalmond, Fife. The sides of this horse tram have been painted on either side showing both of the liveries that this tram would have carried during its working life on the streets of Edinburgh.
Tram 35 is owned and on show at the National Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire.*
Tram 226 is to be restored as a cable operated tram. It is currently believed to be stored at Lothian Buses Seafield Garage in crates awaiting restoration.
For more details on the preserved trams please have a look at our enthusiast page.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE FIRST GENERATION TRAMS ALONG THE PLANNED SECOND GENERATION NETWORK
Please click on any image to view it at a larger scale. You will then be able to navigate forwards and backwards between photos or see them as a slide show.
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