I managed to get a ticket for the Edinburgh Trams depot open day on Saturday 29th September. The depot tour took in a visit to the main building, where we met the training staff, and did a quiz in groups! On the particular tour I was on, all 4 groups scored 2 points each, winning an Edinburgh Trams squishy stress toy! We then got to see the main operations room, where we saw the live map showing the position of the 12 trams in service and whether they were on time or not as well as finding out about the different roles of the team members who worked there. As there was live CCTV images on the screens in the room, we weren't allowed to photograph this particular area.
Next we were taken to the engineering sheds, where trams 260 and 268 were over the pits for maintenance, 258 was at the west end of the sheds. 258 was receiving repairs having been out of service since June when a bus collided with it, causing 2 sections to derail. We then saw tram 274, which was lifted up on jacks for maintenance. Finally in the shed, we got the chance to view tram 272's roof from the overhead gantry that ran the length of the tram, allowing a closer look at some of the circuit boxes and to see the pantograph close up.
We then went to the sanding shed, where tram 252 was waiting for us to take us round to the yard via the tram wash! Once at the yard, we got to take photos of the driving cabs on board tram 254 and ask one of the drivers some questions about the tram. We then got to see some of the engineering vehicles and some of the attachments for the Unimog.
The final part of the tour was to a small souvenir stand, where for a small donation to Edinburgh Tram's chosen charity, you could get some goodies to take away including: advertising posters, pens, the Edinburgh Trams annual, a cardboard model of a tram and a squishy tram. We also got to keep our special High-Vis vests that we wore on the way round the depot. Then it was then the end of the tour.
Thank you to the Edinburgh Trams staff for an excellent day!
More Photos from the event can be found at : https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p73287662
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