- Annandale Street Bus Garage
- Severe Winter
- TV Broadcast
Annandale Street Garage, Broughton,
Seafield and Bellevue
Thank you to Alex Dow, Fife, Scotland, formerly Edinburgh, for
the following recollections from the 1950s.
Street Bus Garage
lived in Bellevue Road, just round from Annandale Street bus garage.
Along with other lads from around there, we would help with recording the
refueling of the buses as they came of duty in the early evenings, up in
the room above the Green Street entrance, spiral staircase access
nearest Bellevue (Drummond) School, greasy pole high-speed exit at the
other end. I met up with three of them back in September, after almost
The diesel double decker fleet numbers were prefixed 'G', single deckers
'A' and the petrol single deckers (mainly tours) 'X'."
am pretty certain that the diagonal parking was not the norm; and the
photos were probably specially posed to show the first major post-war
refurbishment of the fleet with mainly Daimlers (fluted radiators), so
late 1940s and clearly before the (re-)introduction of advertising in the
early 1950s, also appearing on the remaining tram fleet.
It may coincide with the major conference of Transport Managers held about
1950 or 1951, when many buses of other operators and also export were
exhibited at the west/school end of the garage."
"That week, a Glasgow trolleybus was demonstrated on Seafield Road
Portobello, being towed there each morning and back each evening. On
the demonstrations, the trolleybus ran on it batteries, parking at the
King's Road tram terminus to recharge. This was achieved by
connecting one trolley to the tram overhead and a chain or cable to a
weight in the tram rail."
"In the early 1950s, there was a very severe winter and Edinburgh City
Transport had taken over what was the coal yard (now fire station) of
McDonald Road Power Station. To prevent engine damage etc, those buses and
any outside at Annandale Street, had their engines running continuously
overnight. It was quite a sight to see and hear (and probably smell) at McDonald Road."
"Later, about 1956, the western end of the garage was cleared of buses to
allow a live, TV broadcast of a car manoeuvering rally to take place.
Several double-deckers were parked around the sides of the cleared area,
rather like ropes around a boxing ring. Sheets and blankets were used to
hide the adverts.
helped the TV crew during rehearsals, using a rusty bit of wire to trace
the intended car route through the obstacles. The wire was lying on the
garage floor and was nicely matt, so avoiding unwanted reflections into
"As part of the agreement for Bellevue Road being publicly-adopted, the
Town Council agreed that no buses would use Bellevue Road; and I have seen
the notice to that effect inside the Annandale St door of the garage.
Bellevue School was part of a park at one time, hence the janitor having
to keep the gates open for access to the longer of the school and/or
public park hours; and also the "park-style" of boards at its gates for
Alex Dow, Fife, Scotland: October 24, 2005