Shrubhill Tram Depot Explore – 27th April 2014

Up until 1920 the Leith Corporation Tramways owned the Shrubhill Tram Depot. As Leith was a separate borough they had their own separate tram system and Shrubhill was their major tram depot. The Leith system was electrified, whereas the Edinburgh system used cable haulage. The strange feature of this particular tram depot was the underground chamber at the main turn into the garages which would have been permanently manned during operating hours to try to reduce cable-snagging.

Trams were finally replaced by diesel buses after the war and the tram depot was turned into a garage for Lothian Buses. It was then turned into a museum, and finally closed down and abandoned in the 1980s.

I’m amazed that this site has stayed empty for so long. It’s huge and surely a few developers have had their eye on it over the years. In the meantime its a reminder of the more positive history of Edinburgh’s tram network.

Gartloch Hospital – Monday 7th April 2014

Visited Gartloch Hospital on Monday on the recommendation of a new like-minded chum. It was closed in 1996 after serving patients for 100 years as a hospital/asylum. It is now in the process of being redeveloped into a “luxury village”.

Shortly before its closure, it was used in the BBC television series Takin’ Over the Asylum where its distinctive French Renaissance style architecture served as the exterior of the fictional St. Jude’s Hospital. Although many of the surrounding buildings have been converted into homes, the Category A listed administration building remains derelict.

The Glasgow burns units must be busy, so many ARSonists seem to practice their craft there… The Ballroom was a nice surprise, which you’ll see at the end. Although at nearly 17st, I didn’t fancy too many of the floors.