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auchinairnboy
post 26th Jun 2008, 07:25am
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http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents...Glasgow1960.pdf

Interesting book.
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post 7th Jun 2012, 05:28pm
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QUOTE (auchinairnboy @ 26th Jun 2008, 08:40am) *


Ah loved the blue trains. Away back in the 70's i lived in bearsden but worked in the city centre so i got the train from Hillfoot every morning into central station then back again in the evening. i remember them as being a bit shoogly as they sped along. The best bit for me after a busy day at work was sitting at the front right behind the driver and if his screen was up i could watch him working. ah got to know all about signals and what he did when the buzzer went off in his cab.............how pathetic was that !!!!
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post 7th Jun 2012, 05:53pm
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Don´t you mean Hillfoot to Queen Street? unsure.gif


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post 7th Jun 2012, 06:08pm
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QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 7th Jun 2012, 08:08pm) *
Don&acute;t you mean Hillfoot to Queen Street? unsure.gif


He was took busy spying on the driver to notice laugh.gif


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post 7th Jun 2012, 06:44pm
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Thought he´d found a secret tunnel. biggrin.gif


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post 7th Jun 2012, 07:32pm
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QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 7th Jun 2012, 07:08pm) *
DonŽt you mean Hillfoot to Queen Street? unsure.gif


Yur probably right bilboa it may well have been queen street, ma memory must be getting fuddled. Hillfoot was certainly right cos it had the best cafe in Milngavie facing it..........when a got aff the train every night i made a bee line for it tae get ma single nugget smile.gif
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post 23rd Nov 2012, 04:14pm
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Blue trains ran from Airdrie to Milngavie and to Helensburgh/balloch i loved them
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post 23rd Nov 2012, 07:47pm
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Vince ran the cafe.
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post 23rd Nov 2012, 09:20pm
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Me too Joeylok. Friday evening I used to cross the river to Yoker by Renfrew Ferry, catch the Blue Train at Clydebank and in no time was at Balloch with my pals for a cheap holiday weekend at the Youth Hostel near Luss. Great read that wee book. thumbup.gif


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post 23rd Nov 2012, 10:00pm
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I worked as a guard at Yoker depot. The blue trains were gone from normal service by then, but there was still one tgat they kept for specials - e.g. the Santa train for taking kids on a yuletide trip with presents and entertainment. The same guard worked on it for years. I still see him now and then at Patrick. I don't know if they still do the Santa train.
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post 23rd Nov 2012, 10:54pm
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doug1 have you been following me around i used to deliver the milk to the hillfoot cafe for as you say the best ice creammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm in the world i worked for david f clark the nicest farmer in the area as a milkboy it was great the food etc
1 mortons rolls temple 2 sloans dairies cafe /canteen 3 bakers in bearsden had to get there before the other milkboys we were there 6am every thurs 4 hillfoot cafe if you were best milkboy you got to take the pergal boxes on sat am and get the big churn filled with ice cream and eat as much as you could before you got back to the farm pray for red lights
as i say we must have crossed paths loads of times co durham westerton bearsden hillfoot blue trains (hillfoot to glasgow queen st )i worked for british rail civil eng nw div on the blue trains and up to fort william mallaig
where next i went ski ing every year staying in inverness b and b!!!!!!!! tongue.gif


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post 23rd Nov 2012, 10:56pm
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welcome to the boards joey lok lets hear from you again kenb


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post 24th Nov 2012, 03:29pm
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QUOTE (kenb @ 23rd Nov 2012, 11:11pm) *
doug1 have you been following me around i used to deliver the milk to the hillfoot cafe for as you say the best ice creammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm in the world i worked for david f clark the nicest farmer in the area as a milkboy it was great the food etc
1 mortons rolls temple 2 sloans dairies cafe /canteen 3 bakers in bearsden had to get there before the other milkboys we were there 6am every thurs 4 hillfoot cafe if you were best milkboy you got to take the pergal boxes on sat am and get the big churn filled with ice cream and eat as much as you could before you got back to the farm pray for red lights
as i say we must have crossed paths loads of times co durham westerton bearsden hillfoot blue trains (hillfoot to glasgow queen st )i worked for british rail civil eng nw div on the blue trains and up to fort william mallaig
where next i went ski ing every year staying in inverness b and b!!!!!!!! tongue.gif


Hi Ken, It's so funny to hear you use the word pergal, I wonder how many folks would know what a pergal is !! I sure do as I have to replenish our pergal machine at work 3 or 4 times a week. You mention BR engineering. My wifes family lived in Deepdene Road Westerton and their house backed onto the railway lines and many's a time when I stayed over at the house we would see the engineering work taking place on the line at night and it was fascinating to watch especially if they were laying ballast or changing rails. It's weird how we have been to so many of the same places, as they say it's a funny old world


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post 4th May 2013, 12:32pm
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My aunt's big dug "Duke" loved the blue trains.
He was a
He would get on at Alexandra parade , and get off at Belgrove.
He love it!.
The guards all got to know Big Duke and when he passed away,
The staff at Alexandra parade wore black arm bands.
There was something special about them, and were an amazing ride.
They had a feel to their on.
Loved the sound of the engines when they started

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post 5th May 2013, 09:03am
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See the guys working on the electrification, nae hard hats as they duck under the supports; nae gloves for pulling the wire along!

I used to travel Coatbridge - Queen Street regularly, but I still remember the steam engines on that line.
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