Friday, March 28, 2014

The trams are coming

I had to be in our capital city yesterday, and had my camera at the ready, just in case I would spot any of the Edinburgh trams being tested, prior to the introduction of the regular service from York Place out to the Airport. I was not disappointed, and got a few shots, despite the rain! This is just along from Haymarket.

It's been a long, unhappy saga for the people of Edinburgh. But hopefully the trams will come to be appreciated. This 'tourist' just loved to see them!

The trams were supplied by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) of Spain who had the successful tender. The twenty-seven trams are numbered from 251 through to 277. These numbers are a continuation from the old tram system in Edinburgh, of which the number 250 was the last running tram. This information, and a lot more besides, from this website.

The driver was practising his stops on Princes Street, although no passengers were being allowed on. I just wanted a wee ride! He did give me a wave though. A driver's eye view of the route can be found here.

The trams have a great bell, if they need to attract attention!

Looking east on Princes Street, with the Scott Monument in the background. Have things changed in Edinburgh in the past hundred years or so?
 
Recently a friend gave me this old postcard, from the early twentieth century. Right in the middle of the shot is an open top tramcar. "What goes around, comes around." 

The new tram service is set to start running for real by May, if not sooner. The specific launch date has yet to be confirmed, according to the official website here.

Photos © Skip Cottage

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