Pictures Aberdeen, Saint Nicholas c. 1900

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Pictures Aberdeen, Saint Nicholas c. 1900

Post by wehenley » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:27 pm

I have traced relatives living in Aberdeen, Saint Nicholas at the end of the 19 century and into early 20 century. In particular Hutcheon Street, Catherine Street and Canal Street. I think that there were tenement buildings there that were demolished. Please, does anyone know of a source for photographs of the area for the period concerned? I am also interested to know whether Aberdeen had a tram system as one relative spoke of driving a tram. Many thanks, Bill

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Re: Pictures Aberdeen, Saint Nicholas c. 1900

Post by AndrewP » Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:20 pm

Hi Bill,

I'll answer one question for you: yes Aberdeen had a tram system.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberdeen_C ... n_Tramways
http://www.aberdeentram.co.uk/aberdeen- ... k-map.html

If you are googling the subject, you will have to find your way past articles about a very recent attempt to re-establish a tram system in Aberdeen.

All the best,

AndrewP

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Re: Pictures Aberdeen, Saint Nicholas c. 1900

Post by fatjock » Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:59 pm

Try here for old photos of Aberdeen. There's hundreds of them.

http://excoboard.com/jimsplace
http://www.oldchap.f2s.com/aberdeen/

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Re: Pictures Aberdeen, Saint Nicholas c. 1900

Post by wehenley » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:32 am

Once again, many thanks for the information. Some fascinating images. My grandfather told me that he was for a time a tram driver and recounted the story of turning the wrong way (was that possible?) and shorting out the whole electrical system for the trams. Bill

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Re: Pictures Aberdeen, Saint Nicholas c. 1900

Post by Russell » Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:45 pm

Hi Bill
I've been trying to figure out ways in which a tramway circuit could be shorted out. The Aberdeen trams used overhead power lines and whether a pole collector or the later pantograph was used it could not short out the system. Even in systems using a hot shoe third rail the equipment at the junction would have to be faulty for a short to occur. Taking a wrong turn IS possible in systems where the points have to be manually altered to make the turn. Early systems often had a pointsman to operate the junctions.
I'll keep thinking :)

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Re: Pictures Aberdeen, Saint Nicholas c. 1900

Post by Currie » Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:36 am

Did someone mention trams? At last, another excuse to post this wonderful video from Glasgow, September, 1962. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO2DmTnXlDA

As to the electrical incident he had probably almost completed his daily 10½ hours and fell asleep at the whatever you call it in a tram.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, Wednesday, August 2, 1899.

“It cannot be said that the Tramways Sub-Committee of Aberdeen Town Council propose to deal shabbily with their employees. Individual members of the committee, when urged some time ago by anonymous correspondents to introduce reforms as to hours or wages, expressed themselves willing to consider the matter favourably when it was shown that the tramway returns would admit of improvements being made. Evidently the sub-committee have now found that the state of the tramways exchequer will allow of liberal reforms on behalf of those who are actually engaged on the cars. The sub-committee suggest that arrangements of, and additions to, the staff of conductors and drivers be made so that the working hours can be reduced from 63 per week, or 10½ hours per day, to 56¼ per week, or 9½ per day. This seems to be a reasonable proposal. Tramway car drivers and conductors have not hard manual labour, but their work requires concentration and care. It is responsible work, too, and differs from that of railway employees only in degree. The foolish suggestion that should the Aberdeen tramway men persist in their agitation for better conditions of labour their places might be filled by women, was surely made sarcastically. Women have their spheres of labour, but one of them is not the platform of a tramway car. There are proposals made by the Tramways Sub-Committee that will require careful consideration, but we feel sure that the Town Council, and the citizens generally, will enthusiastically homologate the suggestions that have just been made, so far, at any rate, as they refer to the reduction in the hours of conductors and drivers.”

Alan

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Re: Pictures Aberdeen, Saint Nicholas c. 1900

Post by AnneM » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:34 pm

Hi

For old photos of Aberdeen try http://www.silvercityvault.org.uk . One of my sons works in the Library and is involved with increasing the publicity for the photo collection.

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