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> Glasgow ' Ghost Trains ', Bygone Glasgow
post 26th Mar 2008, 02:25pm
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Does anyone remember the Glasgow ”Ghost Trains”? The big electric dustcarts used by the Cleansing Dept. They crept about the streets so quietly, you did not hear them coming. They were a 1928 ecologically marvel, years ahead of their time as means of rubbish removal. They ran on electricity generated from burning the city’s rubbish at Govan RPW which was between Craigton Rd & Helen St in Govan –see Virtual Mitchell C41. I briefly worked with them when I was with the Cleansing Dept. They were being scraped in 1963 many have worked double shifted since 1928. Very few pictures exist of them and they are an almost forgotten part of the city’s history.
See and Virtual Mitchell - C6216 C1815.

I would like to here from any one who remembers them or the cleansing dept.

Yours Harry.
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jack j
post 11th Dec 2011, 08:43pm
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i have just come across this item so i may be a bit late but i started work as a salvage boy in 1961 and used to pack the cardboard and paper (and anything else too big to go inside them) i loved that job (my first) we worked from sawmillfield st depot they seemed to work day and night and they were very heavy and cumbersome i once fell off the top of one on hill st or around there the driver was going downhill when he turned right hit the kerb and i summersaulted head over heels and landed on my feet but i was ok but the driver was more shaken the me and he made me sit in the cab for the next hour or so till he calmed down the health and safety would have had a ball if it had existed then
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post 12th Dec 2011, 07:42am
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If I remember correctly one of my uncles worked on these carts, they were loaded from the side and had leather straps? hanging down to keep the rubbish inside.
They also had running boards running the length of the cart for the workers to stand on as it moved from pick up point to pick up point
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post 12th Dec 2011, 09:15am
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When I think about this what I think about is all the ashes from the coal fires. Or am I imagining it? mellow.gif
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post 12th Dec 2011, 09:21am
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In those days Glasgow was an electric leader !

Electric Garbage Trucks that did their job without noise or fuss, a Tram System that was the equal of any in the modern world and the famous 'Whispering Death' Trolley Buses.

Oh, how far the once mighty have fallen !

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life !
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post 12th Dec 2011, 09:34am
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Hi..Good to hear about the early days of keeping Glasgow Streets clean and free from litter.
Here is a link to a short film in the 1940's

Keeping Our City Clean.

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