Edinburgh Corporation Transport Department 

Charlie Carroll

Thank you to Maureen Carroll Luciano, Virginia, USA, for telling me about her father, Charlie Carroll.  Perhaps somebody else reading this will remember him.

Maureen wrote:

1915 to 1967

"If my father, Charlie Carroll, was still alive, he could have enlightened you on so many things about the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Dept.

He worked with them from 1915 until he retired 1967.

-  Working in the Lost & Found Department

-  Changing the rail and swinging the cable on the tramcars

Tram driver

Bus Conductor



In the latter years he worked out of Queen St Head Office,

Toy Theatres

"Albert Mackie, wrote a piece about him in the Edinburgh Weekly, Aug 24th 1967. Albert and he growing up together in Gayfield Street.  They made toy theatres, painted the scenery and and characters.

Not far from their homes was the shop at the corner of Union Street and Antigua Street where Robert Louis Stevenson bought his cardboard theatres, as described in 'Penny Plain and Twopence Coloured'.

That Historical shop was still there in 1967.

Hobbies  -  and Boxing!

My father was a wonderful person, with lots of hobbies:

-  drawing

-  poetry

-  snooker.

He even once, while selling programmes for a boxing tournament, known as 'Cotters Saturday Night', at the Synod Hall in Castle Terrace, was asked to deputise.

Without any previous experience of competitive boxing, he was pitted against one of Edinburgh's best-known boxersCharlie knocked him out in the first round.

Maureen Carroll Luciano, Virginia, USA:  February 9, 2009



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