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Edinburgh Transport

The Last Tram

Conductors and Drivers

   Edinburgh's Last Tram  -  1956  -  zoom-in

16 November 1956

 

Conductor and Drivers

Conductor

The conductor on the last tram was Andrew Birrell.

It was reported that he "did a roaring trade in the sale of sets of last tram tickets."

Drivers

The driver of the last tram was James Kay.  He was presented with a suitably inscribed watch.

Wallets were presented to two other drivers:

-  William Moffat , the driver of the decorated tram.

-  James Pryde, the driver of the last No 28 tram.

These three drivers, together, had 123 years' service with the tramway.

Edinburgh Evening News  17 November 1956

 

Request for Photo

James Simpson who e-mailed me on 4 January 2006 with this message:

William Moffat, Driver

"I am trying to locate a picture of my great uncle William Moffat who drove the decorated tram on the 16 Nov 1956. I have seen a picture of him in a book but have been unable to trace it.

I thought your website might have the picture but it does not appear in it. Any information would be useful."

James Simpson,  January 4, 2006

If you know of the picture that James refers to, please e-mail me so that I can pass on your comments to him.    Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

Thank you to Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland for his quick response. On  5 January 2006, Phil wrote:

Suggestions

With regard you your correspondent's query on the last tram, there are three photos in 'Edinburgh since 1900' (Plates 203 to 205 - pages unnumbered) published by Archive Publications Limited in association with Scotsman Publications                    ISBN 0-948946-16-4, 1987

Whether his relative is actually in those photos, I don't know, although there are one or two Transport employees shown.

There are also 3 photos on the 'Scotsman' photo gallery website (enter 'last tram' into the search box) but again no obvious photo of the driver:

Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland:  January 5, 2006

I have a copy of the book mentioned above.

-  Photo 203 shows a man in uniform (driver?) standing beside the decorated tram.  This may well be the photo that James is looking for.

-  Photo 204 shows a conductor serving a customer with a tram ticket.

-  Photo 205 is a night scene with horse drawn tram and other trams.

Peter Stubbs:  January 5, 2006

Update

Jan 8, 2006

James Simpson e-mailed me today to say that he now has a copy of this book and believes that the man in photo 203 is in fact his Uncle William.

Peter Stubbs:  January 8, 2006

Update

Jan 26, 2006

Thank you to Donald Grant for sending a further message about the photograph discussed above.

Donald wrote:

"The photo that James Simpson is looking for, of his uncle William Moffatt, the driver of the decorated tram on the last day, is published in 'A Nostalgic Look At Edinburgh Trams Since 1950' by Graham H.E. Twidale, published by Silver Link Publishing Limited.

This book has been out of print  for several years.  Its ISBN number is 0-947971-37-8.  The photo itself is from the LRT archive.

I can confirm that the photo in the book that I have is of William Moffatt. He is named in the text. It sounds like the same photo as in Phil's book. It was taken at Shrubhill depot and William is standing to the left of the tram."

Donald Grant, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland:  January 26, 2006

NOTE:  I don't know whether the name is 'Moffat' or 'Moffatt'  I have seen it written both ways.

 

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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