Restoration of

Edinburgh

Cable Car 226

1903:  Built as a cable car for Edinburgh by Dick Kerr Company of Preston.

1923:  Rebuilt as an electric car in 1923.

1938:  Withdrawn and sold by City of Edinburgh Transport Department.

1987:  Rescued for preservation by Lothian Regional Transport  from a field in the Scottish Borders where it had been used as a holiday home.

Picture

1.

1903  -  New Cable Car

Edinburgh Cable Car - New in 1903

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh

Picture

2.

1989  -   Roof still attached

Edinburgh Cable Car - About to be restored - 1987

  John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh                                                                                                                   Photo taken April 1989

Picture

3.

1989  -   Roof detached to allow restoration to go ahead

Edinburgh Cable Car - About to be restored - 1987

  John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh                                                                                                                   Photo taken April 1989

 

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 Edinburgh Cable Car - New in 1903          Edinburgh Cable Car - About to be restored - 1987       Edinburgh Cable Car - About to be restored - 1987

 

Cable Car 226

Restoration

Thank you to John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh for sending me the three photos above.

In Picture 1, I like the Edinburgh transfer on the side of the side of the tram, and the tram's wrought iron gates!

John tells me that he took Pictures 2 and 3 at LRT's Central Garage in April 1989 for a new works magazine, BUZZ NEWS, started by LRT when the old cable car arrived in Edinburgh.  The upper deck was being detached to make it safer for restoration work to proceed on the roof.

With more emphasis now on 'Health & Safety' we are used to seeing workers wearing hard hats.  I was amused to see that in Picture 3, it was two of the observers, not the man 'high up' who were wearing the hard hats.

Acknowledgement:  John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh:  November 25, 2011

 

 

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