Sighthill Terminus, Calder Road - Beside the Canal
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Robert Laird, Longstone,
Photo taken 1950
Calder Road, Sighthill
Thank you to Robert Laird,
Longstone, Edinburgh for allowing me to reproduce the the above.
I was interested to see the driver or conductor standing beside the buses
in this photo.
Sighthill looks rather more
rural here than it does today!
Robert tells me that this was
taken in 1950.
A Job on the Buses
"My dad returned from the World War II,
expecting his job with A&J McNabs to have been kept open for him.
However, a girl in the office suggested he go
down to Shrubhill Depot as they were looking for drivers.
Anyhoo, he did and after a short daunder round
Leith in a single decker he was hired!! Things were so much simpler
The Christmas Parties and summer picnics with
E.C.T. (Edinburgh City Transport) employees' families remain vivid in my
mind. Halcyon days"
"This photo shows the old terminus at the
end of Calder Road at the Union Canal. The old pre-fab houses
are visible in the background. The photo
looks back toward the city form the terminus.
Longstone, Edinburgh: October 27, 2011 (2 emails)
Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA
Thank you to Lilian Young
Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA for commenting on this photo:
"My Mom, brother and I lived in
the prefabs on Calder Road from 1946 to 1952. We lived between the
first and second bus stop after the terminus.
Sometimes, in inclement weather,
people would walk to the terminus rather than wait at the bus stop, but
the crew would not let anyone board the bus until their break time was
When asked why people could not
get on the bus until the crew had completed their break, the crew
indicated that if a bus company inspector came by and saw people waiting
on the bus the crew could be fired.
In those days each bus had a
driver and a conductor. The amount of time for the break depended on
when the bus got to the terminus, and if it was late the crew had to make
an immediate turnaround in order to keep to the schedule."
Prisoner of War Camp
"Close to the terminus on the
opposite side of Calder Road from the prefabs there was a prisoner of war
camp. The prisoners lived in Nissan huts."
Lilian Young, Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA