Thank you to Danny Callaghan who saw a photograph of
railway workers on a bogie in the 'Where is it?' pages on the
EdinPhoto web site, and wrote:
"I don't know anything about this particular
picture, but know the type of bogie."
"Our neighbour, Magnus Flucker, was a railway
linesman in Edinburgh and like many railwaymen had an allotment on the
railway land. His was near Warriston Cemetery where the lines split, one
going to Granton and the other heading to Leith along by St Mark's Park,
so the allotments were on a large triangle plot."
"As kids, we used to go with Magnus to his
allotment at the weekends, there were no trains at the weekend, as the
line was only used for goods trains by that time, in the 1950s.
A few times, he would put a couple of the
bogie wheels on the lines and the platform sat on top. These were
stored at side of track near the linesman's bothy.
We had great fun pushing the bogie on the
rails. It was not 'silent movie' type with the pump handle. You
just pushed it. However, it did have a brake, thankfully.
The simple pleasures before H&S and Nintendos,
Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:
December 27, 2009