Picture in Time: Edinburgh 35

Today we continue our look at the trams which ran during the Glasgow Garden Festival. This time around it is Edinburgh 35 which was operating in its third town/city at the time having previously run on its home system and in Blackpool.

Edinburgh 35 only operated for eight years in its home city having been introduced into service in 1948 and being withdrawn at the end of the traditional tramway system in 1956. It was preserved by the city and was put on display in a transport museum located at the old Shrubhill Works. This museum was closed in 1979 and after a period in store away from the public eye it was off to Blackpool where it was to become one of the visiting trams for the 1985 Centenary. It was then chosen as a tram to perform at the Glasgow Garden Festival and would operate almost 4,000 miles during 1988 whilst back in Scotland. At the time ownership of the tram remained with Edinburgh City Council but with nowhere to display the tram it was sent down to Crich on long-term loan. It ran briefly in 1989 but only on non-passenger duties as there are concerns over its electrical wiring which has seen the tram remain a static exhibit for the past 30 years. June 2008 saw 35’s ownership transferred to the Tramway Museum Society and then in 2013 it enjoyed some cosmetic workshop attention before it was moved into the new display in the Great Exhibition Hall.

In this photo taken at the Garden Festival we see 35 running along the banks of the Clyde.

Photograph by Bob Woolnough

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4 Responses to Picture in Time: Edinburgh 35

  1. Bigalasdair says:

    How about Crich extracting 35 from the exhibition hall return to running condition ?
    Big Alasdair

  2. Andy B says:

    Alasdair, to return to running order would involve a major overhaul/restoration. Minimal work was done in 1985 to get it running at Blackpool and having looked around it and seen the condition survey I wouldn’t run it.

  3. Bigalasdair says:

    Andy B’s comments prompts the question what happened to it between operating in Blackpool and its arrival at Crich ! Methinks Edinburgh City Council has got a lot to answer for by gifting it to the National Tram Museum.

  4. John1 says:

    Why? I’d rather itw as on display than dumped ina warehouse which is what would happen to it!