Our special story on Our Town Stories takes you on a quick trip across the city by tram and through time!
It was in 1871 that trams first appeared on the streets of Edinburgh. They were unrecognisable from today – double-deckered and pulled by horses.
The hills of Edinburgh proved too much for the horses and cable cars were introduced on the steeper routes. Cable cars weren’t without problems though, as they were prone to breaking down and causing traffic jams.
Neighbouring Leith, skipped cable cars and went straight from horses to an electric system. Edinburgh introduced their electric models from 1919.
When motorbuses arrived in force on the scene in the 1930s the years of the tram were numbered in Edinburgh and across Britain. It was on 16th November 1956 that large crowds gathered on Princes Street to say a fond farewell to the city’s trams.
Almost sixty years on, Edinburgh welcomes our new 21st century trams.