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We lived near the Nos. 9, 10 and 27 tram line between Tollcross and Colinton. It ran reliably in all weather. Trams were equipped with a Sandbox in case the steel rails become icy or greasy from spillages and this was used travelling up or down The Mound, long before the (now forgotten) electric blanket was buried in the roadsurface. Tickets were issued by conductors/ conductresses using a dial the fare TIM and they had manually to detach the overhead trolley at one terminus, swing it round the tram to the other end (they could be driven from either) and re-attach, often with a bright flash from the overhead electric wires. “Cowcatchers” were fixed to both ends, to be lowered if there was an obstruction ahead. As a child, I once experimented when getting off and pulled the red lever airbrake to see if it worked. It did – a dead stop – and hundreds of discarded paper tickets blew around our heads as we hurried away. Trams also had an honesty box, into which passengers could – and did – drop any uncollected fares. Photo shows Conductress A.McGuire.