Did you know that before the trams as we know them today, they were a regular part of Edinburgh’s roads between 1871 and 1956?
The popularity of the motor car in post-war Britain made the trams seem outdated and clunky, so they were removed - now, over 50 years later, they’ve returned to the streets of Edinburgh. Here’s a look back at the first generation of Edinburgh trams.
1. All sorts of transport
This view of Waterloo Place from Register House at the East End of Princes Street showcases all the ways the people of Edinburgh used to get around - trams, buses, cars, bikes and horse drawn carriages. Year: 1943 Photo: All sorts of transport
2. Breaking down
Even back then, the trams didn’t run smoothly - here you can see a tram that’s broken down on London Road and Leith Walk. Year: 1945 Photo: Breaking down
3. Penguins and trams
Penguins from Edinburgh’s zoo in Corstorphine can be seen having a day out with a tram seen operating in the background. Year: 1952 Photo: Penguins and trams
4. Climbing the Mound
While the trams today only go past the Mound, the original set of tracks saw trams go straight up it. Year: 1953 Photo: Climbing the Mound