Having opened on 7th June, the extension of the Edinburgh Tramway appears to have been very popular both with passengers and enthusiasts.
Stretching 3 miles from York Place to Newhaven, there are 8 stops enroute. At York Place, the former single track and terminus platform has been removed and a new stop has been built at Picardy place complete with 2 platforms, in the middle of a large traffic island at the top of Leith Walk and opposite the Omni Centre.
The line continues down Leith Walk on a central reservation with island platform stops at McDonald Road (Opposite Harburn Hobbies) and Balfour Street (with a crossover installed). There is a double platformed stop at Foot of the Walk, which owing to the narrow nature of the street, takes up the full width of the street with the platforms doubling as the pavement.
From here the tramway moves onto Constitution Street, towards Leith Town Hall and the Burns Statue at The Shore Tram Stop. The Shore is located at the junction of Bernard Street with the tramway sharing the roadway with general road traffic for the full length of Constitution Street. The tramway continues on towards Ocean Way, continuing to share with road traffic on sections of it before taking a 90 degree turn onto Ocean Drive and into the island platform of Port of Leith tram stop.
Departing Port of Leith, the line continues along Leith Harbour sharing the roadway with general traffic and passing the Fingal floating 5 star hotel and restaurant and the Victoria Swing Bridge, before taking a 90 degree turn outside the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre onto a central reservation for the remainder of the journey. Ocen Terminal tram stop features an island tram stop with crossover outside and it is opposite the Shopping Centre. It is possible visit the Royal Yacht Britannia or to catch the tour buses or normal service buses back up to the city centre at Ocean Terminal. From here the line takes a 90 degrees turn to the right onto Melrose Drive passing many harbourside warehouses and businesses as well as a flour mill. The line then reaches a scissors crossover which allows the trams to switch to a free platform at Newhaven. The line curves here into the 2 outer platforms of Newhaven. Beyond the platform, there is enough room for 2 trams to stable until needed.
There are many nice locations for photographs of the tramway particularly on Ocean Way (between The Shore and Port of Leith) and Ocean Drive (between Port of Leith and Ocean Terminal), here are a few of the best spots for photos:
|'The Shore' tram stop at Bernard Street with the Burns Statue to the left and the domed building behind.||Ocean Way near to Port of Leith looking towards The Shore tram stop in the distance.|
|90 degree curve from Ocean Way to Ocean Drive. Port of Leith tram stop is to the left out of shot.||Port of Leith tram stop looking eastwards|
|Ocean Drive with RFA Fort Victoria in the Docks in the rear of the image||Ocean Drive|
|Ocean Terminal||Leaving Ocean Terminal and heading onto Melrose Drive|
|Leaving Ocean Terminal and heading onto Melrose Drive||Passing Ocean Terminal Car Park|
|Melrose Drive with Ocean Terminal in the background||Melrose Drive with the Flour Mill in the background|
|Melrose Drive approaching Newhaven||The terminus at Newhaven|
Most of my Photographs and sightings are from my favourite locations in the Lanarkshire area, including