Here, a transformer can be seen leaving Parsons Peebles' factory
at East Pilton on November 26, 1968. This view looks to the
south (towards Ferry Road) down Pilton Drive. Parsons Peebles'
factory is in the upper-left corner of the photo.
Steven Oliver wrote:
"Iím sure all heavy loads which left the works headed north down
Pilton Drive. I donít think that any headed south. Pilton Drive
narrows slightly at that point and the bridge would probably not
have withstood a low-loader with transformer passing across it.
Itís possible that the bridge would have posed potential grounding
problems for them too, so I suspect that the more likely route for
the transformers to take to Ferry Road would have been via Granton
The lifting traffic islands at the Pilton Drive North/West Granton
Road junction have now gone, but there is still one reminder of
Parsons Peebles to be found in Edinburgh: the middle of the traffic
roundabout on Groathill Road North, which has a gap in the centre
of it. This was to allow the low-loaders to carry straight on
towards Telford Road without having to negotiate the roundabout."
Steven Oliver, Duns,
Borders Scotland: August 31, 2009