Thank you to George Smith, British Columbia, Canada for sending his
memories of the 'Last Tram Procession'.
Edinburgh's Last Tram
"I recollect being at the bottom of
Lothian Road on this occasion and vaguely remember things like a
steam car (Argyle?) in a procession of vintage automobiles and the
It did not seem important at the time
that the trams were going, but in retrospect they
were frequent and convenient, though the overhead lines were
At the end of the line it was an
occasion to see the driver/conductor switching lines for the return
journey. Memories of the Number 4 at Slateford. Were the
trolleys really made of wood?"
George Smith, British Columbia, Canada - 5 January 2006
I remember poles also being used for the trolley buses when I lived in
Bradford, West Yorkshire, in the 1950s. The poles were used to put
the trolleys back on the wires, e.g.
- at a junction, the bus
might left but the trolleys
stay attached to the wires that went straight on, because the driver did not have his power
switched ON/OFF at the
right time OR
- the trolleys might collide with those of the
bus in front, and come off the line in a shower of sparks if the driver
of the following bus forgot that he was driving a trolley bus and
tried to pass the bus in front. In practice, this
seemed more likely to happen at a terminus than on the open road..
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 5 January 2006
Malcolm J B Finlayson
Thank you to Malcolm J B Finlayson, Arbroath, Angus,
Scot for allowing me to reproduce the photo above.
Last Tram Week
Malcolm J B Finlayson, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
"This is an original
'Last Tram Week' streamer that was
handed to me on the occasion of the last tram journey in Princes
Street in November 1956.
I can vaguely recall that evening, as a
accompanying my parents, and brother, Derek.
Malcolm J B Finlayson, Arbroath,
Angus, Scotland: April 21, 2014 (3 emails)