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Seen at Fairmilehead (Swanston Drive), Edinburgh 814, EWS814D, was a Leyland PDR1/1 with Alexander H43/31F bodywork, one of 25 delivered during October and November of 1966. These were Edinburgh's only Atlanteans without panoramic windows (which became standard from 1967 onwards starting with 851) although 802 from this first batch had them from new.
This terminus was swept away when the A720 City of Edinburgh By-Pass was constructed and is now buried under bushes on the approach to Lothianburn Interchange. For many years thereafter, whilst the bulk of journeys on the service turned left at Fairmilehead Cross Roads, some 11s continued to descend the bank to terminate across the road from the old terminus at a newly-constructed lay-by outside the Fairmile Inn (formerly the Hillburn Roadhouse).

Although 4s from Hillend and 15/15As from Penicuik continue to call at that lay-by, it is no longer a terminus as all journeys on the 11 have been extended at the Southern end of the route from Fairmilehead Cross Roads, along Frogston Road, past the erstwhile PMR Hospital, Captains Road and Kaimes to terminate in the Hyvots Bank housing scheme. At its Northern end it has been extended by about a mile to terminate at Ocean Terminal, although the core route between Newhaven and Fairmilehead has been essentially unchanged since tram days.

Photo taken by Alan Hall, 1968, Swanston Drive, Fairmilehead

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