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Street tramways, 2 miles, 54 chains long, on the line of Union, King, St Nicholas, and George Streets, were opened in 1874, and extended to Mannofield in 1880, their aggregate cost of construction being £18,791, whilst, in the year ending June 1879, the passengers numbered 957,115, and the receipts amounted to £5080, the expenditure to £3959.




31 Aug 1874 The 1st routes opened from North Church to Queen’s Cross and from St Nicholas to Causewayend
1 Sep 1880 Lines opened included those from Mannofield to Holburn Junction and Woodside Fountain to Kittybrewster Station
Dec 1883 Line opened from Cuparstone Corner to Bloomfield Road
30 Nov 1888 Rosemount Circle line opened
24 Aug 1894 Bloomfield Road to Bridge of Dee line opened
22 Aug 1896 Line opened from Queen’s Cross to Bayview House
23 Dec 1899 Woodside route first to be electrified
4 July 1901 Electric Line  Station opened from Castlegate to Bathing Pool
1903 New routes laid to Torry and Ferryhill

The Aberdeen Suburban Tramways operated 2 electric tramway services between 1904 and 1927.  The Suburban Tramways operated two separate tramway services, which were essentially extensions from the terminus of the Corporation Tramways Routes.  The first was from the Great Western Road terminus to Bieldside church. The second was from the Great Northern Road terminus to Stoneywood church.  The company had a fleet of 11 trams for these 2 services.  The services stopped running on 2 June 1927, a year after the Corporation had terminated the through running arrangements.

28 Apr 1913 First city in Europe to introduce "Pay as You Enter" system
3 Mar 1951 Last Corporation tram to Mannofield
27 Sep 1955 Last Corporation tram to Scatterburn (Below)
Jan 1955 Town Council decides to abandon the remaining Tramways
3 May 1958 Last route operated was the Bridge of Dee to Bridge of Don
12 May 1958 All remaining electric cars burned at the Queen’s Links overnight.

Hazlehead Terminus Route 4 - the tree lined avenue of Hazlehead with two lines converged into one just opposite the tram shelter for passengers to alight or board adjacent to the park entrance.  The field opposite once held the Scottish Agricutural Show in the 50's which became a quagmire on the day.  On the other side of the trees was the Pitch and Putt course.  The shelter was a rustic style construction with tree trunk pillars and arches

On 30th April 1921, a bus service was started between the Rubislaw tram terminus near Bayview Road and Hazlehead to link up the City with Aberdeen's newly acquired estate there. Owing to Hazlehead's great popularity and the consequent demand for increased travelling facilities, it was decided to double the tram track between Queen's Cross and Rubislaw and extend the tram track from Rubislaw terminus as it was realised that the heavy demand, especially at weekends, could be best met by the tramcar with its large seating capacity.

As soon as the decision was made, and in spite of opposition from local bus operators, the track was extended 2 miles 56.18 chains [4.35 km) to the two termini at Woodend and Hazlehead. The last half mile of the Hazlehead section was on reserved track, and the terminus was provided with a station; (sidings were built in 1948). The work was pushed on with all possible speed, and on 16th July 1924 the extension was formally declared open by Lord Provost Sir William Meff who drove the 1st car to Hazlehead. The bus service was discontinued.


Fountainhall Tram Depot
The Suburban depot was just off Oldmeldrum Road.
Constitution Street
The Corporation depot opened in 1901 and closed in 1953
The Dee Village depot opened in 1904 and was disused by 1925
King Street
The depot opened in 1920 and is now the global HQ of First Group
The District depot opened in 1880 and closed in 1958. The Suburban depot was beside Morningside Road
Queen’s Cross
The District’s main depot opened in 1874 and closed in 1958
The depot opened in 1904 at North Esplanade / Palmerston Quay and was the paint shop from 1910 to 1931

Celebrating Horse Drawn Tram outing in Alford Place possibly on Last Tram Day

An evocative selection of film recapturing the glory days of Aberdeen trams including archive footage (the earliest dating from 1906) together with detailed coverage of the services abandoned between 1954 - 1958.

In 1954 take a trip round the Rosemount Circle (3, 5, 6)
In 1955 travel aboard a variety of different Aberdeen 'Standards' along the length of the fascinating Woodside route (7) with its single track and loops terminal section in busy St. Nicholas Street.
In 1956, join the holiday-makers riding down to Sea Beach (9) and out to Hazelhead (4), with its half-mile of private reserved track.
In 1957, participate in an enthusiasts tour on 108 with visits to King Street depot and Pittodrie loop.
In 1958, sample the Standards and Streamliners on the world famous 'Bridges' route (1 - Brig o' Dee - Brig o' Don) with in-depth looks at both Terminii as well as the 3 thoroughfares traversed - King, Union and Holburn Streets.
Rich in period atmosphere - with buses, cars, lorries, trains, buildings, street furniture and fashions.
Special features:
A look at the fleet using stills and film
A wartime 'fire'
Ex-Nottingham and Manchester cars in service
A balcony car purloined by students
Superb snow scenes
Final day activity including the last tram, an inglorious funeral pyre.

Fareweel Tae Trams May 1958 a sorry sicht

Supreme Act of Fiscal Vandalism


FERRYHILL ROUTE - Whinhill Road to Castle Street.

Route -  Whinhill Road, Fonthill Road, Ferryhill Road, Crown Street, Union Street, Castle Street.

The route into the city passes through the Ferryhill district, passing along Whinhill Road, where a good view of the Deeside hills can be seen from the tramcar.  At Fonthill Road a 2nd short branch of tramway leads to Holburn Street, passing on the right the West Poor House. The car, after passing down the steep descent of Ferryhill Road, enters Crown Street near the Electric Station. This up-to-date power station was erected by the Town Council in 1901, and supplies the electric lighting of the city and also the traction for the city and suburban cars. Near the other end of the street is the new Central Post Office, erected in the Scottish baronial style at a cost, including
site, of ;£50,000. The car now enters Union Street, and the journey is continued to Castle Street.

MANNOFIELD ROUTE - Castle Street to Mannofield.

Route - Castle Street, Union Street, Holburn Street, Great Western Road, Mannofield. Mannofield to Bieldside.
Aberdeen is a rich and handsome town, inhabited by an excellent people. - Jean de Beaugue, 1548.

The route is the same as No. 11. till the junction of Great Western Road with Holburn is reached.   Shortly after entering Great Western Road the Nellfield Cemetery is passed on the left. This cemetery is the property of the Aberdeen Baker Incorporation, who laid it out.  The route is for the greater part lined with suburban villas erected within recent years. At Mannofield is the Cricket Ground of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. Mannofield is the junction where connection is made with the line of the Aberdeen Suburban Tramway Company to Bieldside.

The cars of the Company run into Castle Street, and are distinguished from the City cars by being painted red. The beauty of the district and the charming views to be got have made this route a favourite one with the citizens.  On leaving Mannofield the large storage reservoirs in connection with the city water supply from the Dee at Cairnton (21 miles) are passed.  The capacity of the 2 reservoirs is 18,000 gallons.  The water supply was inaugurated by the late Queen Victoria on i6th October, 1866

Immediately on passing the waterworks, on the other side of the Railway line is a bit of rising ground formerly known as the Two Mile Cross, it was here that Montrose made his camp for nearly a week in September, 1644, before and after the Battle of the Justice Mills. From many points of the route excellent views can be obtained on a clear day of the lower Deeside hills, such as Cairn-mon-Earn (1245), Kerloch (1747), Clochnaben (1750), and Mount Battock (2555).  At Pitfodels is 'Norwood House, on a high bank overlooking the river, and occupying the site of the old Castle of Pitfodels, the home of the Menzies family for over 3 centuries. Cults is a growing village with many pretty villas, occupied principally by business and professional men from the city.  A beautiful view of the river is obtained from this point, with the Suspension Bridge and road leading to the south side of the river. Views can also be obtained of Ardo House, and, a little further west, of Blair s College.  The old house of Blairs was gifted by Mr. John Menzies for a Catholic College, and opened in 1829. The College was endowed by Mr. Menzies with the Estates of Blairs and Charlestown, and quite recently the present handsome buildings and chapel were erected for the purpose of allowing the work of the College to be properly carried out. Among the treasures of the College is a library of over 15,000 volumes and an authentic portrait of Mary Queen of Scots. The terminus of the suburban line is at present at Bieldside, where there is a private golf course between the railway and the river belonging to the Deeside Golf Club.

Mannofield Church - Aberdeen had horse drawn trams but these were replaced by electric trams from 1899, the Mannofield route changing in 1902. Originally open-topped, the trams were largely covered over by 1909. An obviously converted tram is seen in front of Mannofield Church, which at the time this was posted in 1918 there were few houses beyond it. The church replaced a wooden building and seats 700 but when it opened on 30 July 1883 there were only 92 communicants. The West window is dedicated to Miss Gardon, who died in 1892. the wooden church was used in other sites before being demolished in 1969.

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