Where is it?
Is it Glasgow Road?
The road to Glasgow?
Reproduced by courtesy Lothian Buses plc
Here is a deserted section of road.
1. Is it Glasgow Road?
Glasgow Road runs from Corstorphine (about 4 miles
west Edinburgh centre)
to the junction with the M8 and M9 at
Newbridge (about 4 miles further west).
2. Does this photo show the laying the tramway tracks?
"I don't think this has any
tramway significance and would suggest that it is the construction of the
improved A8 road to Glasgow which opened in 1928 as a 3 lane highway
(right side, left side and suicide!!).
This picture I would guess is
looking east at Ingliston, the lodge house being to Norton House. The car
predates 1928 so that fits.
Glasgow Road within Edinburgh is
a straight almost level road and the Trams reached to North Gyle about
1934 and the Maybury Feb 1937 none of this photo seem to fit in with
George Murray: February 26, 2006
The new A8
"There are railway lines in the
photo. There is a very clear line along the RHS of the new road
works, and possibly another over to the left.
But these aren't for trams - they
are the contractor's temporary lines. I do know that narrow-gauge
railways were used in the building of the new A8 in the late 20s/early
30s. Those in the photo look like 2 foot gauge, which was very common."
Patrick Hutton, Edinburgh: February 27, 2006
The new A8 is the section of road that now runs past Edinburgh Airport.
This is the road as George Murray speaks of above.
The new A8
"I looked up some references. AM
Carmichael Ltd (depot at Turnhouse) built some sections of the Glasgow
Road, Eastern Section, 1924-34
I can't (yet) find confirmation
that they built the Gogar section. (They did do Starlaw-Dechmont,
Dechmont-Broxburn, also the Maybury-Barnton road and Telford Road.)
They used 3 foot gauge steam
locos on some sections. However, in this case, I think the gauge is
narrower (scaled off the bucket), and maybe 2 foot.
Perhaps just a simple tramway for
moving material around. Quite possibly horse-drawn - this being just
before dumper trucks became the norm."
Patrick Hutton, Edinburgh: February 28, 2006
would agree with George about the approximate location, but from OS Maps
at the National Library of Scotland website.
When looking east on the A8, the
trees on the right would possibly take the viewer slightly nearer to
Edinburgh. So, I think that the lodge on the right would be at
If you've got Google Earth
installed, the attached placemark takes you pretty near to where I suspect
the photo was taken from, except that the image is from an altitude of
158ft rather than human height."
John Hadden, Edinburgh: February 27, 2006
NOTE: Gogarburn is on the A8, about
a mile to the east of the turn-off for Edinburgh Airport.
Unfortunately have not yet installed Google Earth on my PC, so I am not
able to view the placemark that John sent to me.
"Regarding the Glasgow Road
puzzle, my pal Norman from the Isle of Man and I, both brought up in the
Corstorphine area of Edinburgh, are certain that this picture is outside
the city boundary, so here goes -
We believe that the
picture is looking east on the Glasgow
Road at at Gogarburn towards the Maybury. We think the minor road on
right before the trees is to Ratho.
a day I spent on the bike around this area, back in the 1940s and '50s. -
Sunday trips for tomatoes to Gogarburn during the war - just me and the
please, Peter, can you find some pics. from this wonderful area and old
Corstorphine for an exiled scot from down under
Ian Thomason, Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia:
March 15, 2006
I'll see what old pictures I can find of the area, to add to the web
site. Here is one of
Corstorphine in the early 1900s
Peter Stubbs: March 15, 2006