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Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Department Collection

Shrubhill Works

Around 1920s

Shrubhill Works

Here is some heavy equipment, manufactured by Peebles of Edinburgh.

Are these generators?  Was this equipment originally used to drive the cables for Edinburgh's cable car system?

Shrubhill Tram Works  -  Are these generators for the cable car cables?

  Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to Lothian Buses
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh:  March 11, 2012

 

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    Shrubhill Tram Works  -  Are these generators for the cable car cables?

 

Comment

1.

Patrick Lindsay

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Thank you to Patrick Lindsay for posting a comment in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Patrick wrote:

Shrubhill Works

Motors

    Shrubhill Tram Works  -  Are these generators for the cable car cables?

"The drum looks more like the outer frame carrying the fixed stator windings (those flat things you see going in and out all around the frame) of an early rotating machine.

It looks like this is an older machine than the the machine in the foreground.  The foreground machine is a motor. 

Possibly, that's the reason for the photo having been taken.

Also it looks as if part of a bracket that would hold this fixed frame in place is just disappearing behind the left-hand side of the front machine."

Power Generation?

"Did Shrubhill generate it's own tram power for winding the cable for the cable trams, or for the electric trams?  If so, from what?  These machines are possibly too small to wind the cable.

We need someone to kindly clarify if these machines were used for cable or electric trams."

Patrick Lindsay, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook: March 27, 2012

 

Comment

2.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Shrubhill Works

Power Generation

In his book 'Edinburgh Transport - The Early Years', DLG Hunter includes a photograph of a large wheel and other heavy equipment. His caption for the photo reads:

'Shrubhill cable power station. This part of the building became the "heavy repair shop" in electric car days and dealt with truck repairs.'

Does this reference to the cable power station imply that Shrubhill did generate its own electricity in cable car days?

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: March 30, 2012

 

Comment

3.

Benzyl

Edinburgh

Thank you to Benzyl who replied:

Power Generation

    Shrubhill Tram Works  -  Are these generators for the cable car cables?

"These are generators similar to the one seen being assembled in 1904 in this YouTube clip.

At the time, the power was generated locally in the tram works, such as at Portobello, up until they went on the National Grid, quite a few years later when it was capable of supplying the high loads as compared to home lighting and more domestic needs.

The cable car winding wheels that I recall seeing being demolished in pictures of the Tollcross winding house being re-purposed were about eighteen feet across and much more mechanically simple in nature and powered by locally situated steam engines."

Benzyl, Edinburgh:  March 31, 2012

 

Shrubhill

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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