"The photograph is taken from Princes Street,
or close to it. (You can see the curve of the kerb at the bottom right
Agreed. ER Yerbury's studio, on the right, was on the
corner of Princes Street and Hanover Street . - Peter Stubbs
"There does just seem to be one line, but if
you look closely you can make out pointwork where it splits into double
track. At George Street, the two tracks diverged a little and passed one
each side of George IV’s statue. The single line formed the terminus –
southbound cars ran over the points onto it, then left northbound (towards
Goldenacre) on the left hand track.
Below the street was a large ‘pit’ built of
brick and concrete that contained pulley wheels to make it all happen!
This cables were powered from Henderson Row, with Hanover Street as one
terminus and Goldenacre (near the Ferry Road junction, i.e. the Edinburgh
boundary) as the other.
Henderson Row also powered the Comely Bank to
Frederick Street route, which terminated similarly just short of the
Princes Street junction."
"There was a separate
cable line from The Mound via Tollcross to Marchmont Road (powered from
Tollcross) which opened, as far as I can find out, on 25 August 1901 - but the
connection between that line and the line to the north of Princes Street, involving junctions with the Princes Street
line, was not made until the routes were electrified in the 1920s.
cable days, this would have been a very complex junction to cable and the
operating method (the Board of Trade required the cars to be in contact
with a cable at all times) would probably have required three or four
stops on both the Princes Street and the Hanover Street / Mound routes to
pick up and drop cables, which would have slowed the service.
junctions at Princes Street / North Bridge / Leith Street used an
arrangement like that, and it took several minutes to go a few hundred
yards over the junction."
"By 1920, the Mound route
had been cut back from Marchmont Road to Tollcross, possibly to eliminate
awkward operation over the Tollcross junction (although they would have to
do that to get cars in and out of Tollcross depot).
I called this route X
on my map on the
Granton History Group web site, but it was not numbered in reality."
who wants to find out more may like to read DLG Hunter’s book,
‘Edinburgh’s Transport – The Early Years’
David King: June 6, 2011