The top of Lothian Road, near
Tollcross, looking north towards Princes Street
with acknowledgement to Ally McGurk,
from the collected photos taken by Ally and her father, Thomas M.
This view looks to the north
down Lothian Road, towards the West End of Princes Street. The photo
was taken by Thomas M McGurk, from the top of Lothian Road, near
Tollcross. It is one of several photos taken from the top deck of a bus, on June 20, 1959. The traffic appears
to be fairly busy for the 1950s.
The tower of St John's Church at the West End of Princes Street can be
seen in the background (centre right).
McGurk who provided this photo adds:
"The old Edinburgh buses didn't have doors
like modern ones. If the bus was pulling away from the stop you could run
and catch it up - grabbing hold of the vertical metal rail and jumping
aboard as it moved off. You could also jump off between stops if it slowed
down a bit. Actually, when you think about it, it's not surprising they
started installing doors."
Ally McGurk, July 17, 2007
Thank you to Ally McGurk,
daughter of Thomas M McGurk for
allowing me to reproduce this photo. More photos taken by Ally
and Thomas can be found on the
Flickr web site.