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> The Glasgow Trams, ...do you remember these?
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post 5th Dec 2003, 06:30pm
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Here's a short video of Glasgow trams: anyone remember these? Or have any stories about the old trams?


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post 5th Dec 2003, 06:40pm
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I can only picture them from the Transport museum,but what I do remember is my Grandad pointing out the track area outside Bellahouston Park on Mosspark Boulevard and its still there as a grass verge.He told me a tram went from there to Kelvinside and am sure he said it was a No 3-have no idea why that sticks in my head.Also the grass centre reservation on Gt Western Rd from Anniesland to Knightswod was a tram track as well.Must have been magic to see these when they went through the town.When you visit cities like Amsterdam and Lisbon which have great tram networks and are a joy to use it makes you wonder why we gave them up.
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post 5th Dec 2003, 06:44pm
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Wow just noticed something Union St 1962 is the guy in the picture putting a coin on the track for a tram to run over it.I remember my Grandad talking about that.The Woodlands Rd picture is amazing as well -its changed so much but I can still recognise certain things on it,
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post 5th Dec 2003, 07:02pm
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The sound of the trams was brilliant, rumblings and ringing noises as they rolled along the streets, always felt really exciting going on the tram. The wee part at the end upstairs that only you and yer daddy fitted in and you could shut the door and you had it all to yourselves! Right we're on, where are we going? Auchenshuggle next stop, watch that mans roll of linoleum hen!
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post 5th Dec 2003, 08:41pm
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I just loved riding on the tram mind you when I was young there wasen't much else to travel in the odd bus , trolly bus remember them in the fog you could't hear them coming ,I loved the sound of the old trams
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post 5th Dec 2003, 10:20pm
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Manys the time I just made the #15 out to Baillieston! Think the other one I could go home on was a #23 - think it left earlier!

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post 5th Dec 2003, 11:38pm
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For the first ten years of my life I lived on Shettleston Road and I would fall asleep to the sound of the 15 and 23. As I recall the 23 ran eastbound to Garrowhill and the 15 went all the way out to Airdrie. Westbound the 15 went to Anderston and the 23 to Maryhill.

Until I visited some running trams at the Glasgow Garden Festival (was that 1989?) I had forgotten that trams had a quite distinctive smell. I have no idea what the smell was and it is impossible to describe but someone has since suggested that it might have been ozone, generated by the tram's electric motor. I don't know how likely or otherwise that might be but I do know that it was instantly recognizable and quite unique.

Does anyone else remember that smell?

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post 6th Dec 2003, 01:46am
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Hello Luceo:

Amazing how long 'forgotten' things come back! I only needed to get to Garrowhill (said Baillieston) as few folks seem to remember Garrownhill so maybe it was the 23 that I took.

I believe trams did have a distinctive smell (probably stale smoke, chips, pies an black pudding!). I can't describe it either but pretty sure if I smelt it today, memories would be triggered. smile.gif

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post 6th Dec 2003, 01:57am
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huh.gif Scotslad, here's one of the routes you mentioned, and it WAS the number 3 tram that went along here. This is from an old tramcar book, and it shows Mosspark housing scheme under construction on Mosspark Boulevard in 1923, with the tram on the right of the picture, and Bellahouston Park behind the tram.

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post 6th Dec 2003, 02:03am
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wink.gif Scotslad, here's the other centre track you mentioned on Great Western Road. The tram ran from Knightswood to Blairdardie. The picture is from the early 50s.

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post 6th Dec 2003, 04:30pm
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Oh George your postings are fantastic-Even today I can recognise the houses on both Gt Western Rd and Mosspark Boulevard.Where did you get these pics from they are incredible.I was in Bellahouston this morning because 2 of the kids were using the dri slope so I went for a wander down to the Boulevard I think I was about 5 when my Grandad told me about the trams there-I have never forgotten that.You triggered off something else for me on the Great Western Rd did they cross the canal or was that a swing bridge at Blairdardie.My Dad is coming over here for Xmas- i can't wait to show him some of these pictures,Cheers George.
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post 6th Dec 2003, 05:24pm
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smile.gif Scotslad, Here is the caption which accompanies the picture in question:
"Great Western Road's reserved track from Knightswood to Blairdardie was opened in 1949 but further extension was thwarted by the seemingly-insurmountable canal bridge. Contrarily it was a sharp curve in the east end of the city which prevented introduction to this route of more appropriate modern trams than No. 25 shown here. The picture dates from 1954."
The book was published by the Scottish Tramway Museum Society in 1977 at a price of 85p.
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post 6th Dec 2003, 05:32pm
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Awsome info George.........the grass verge continues on into Old Drumchapel but I never knew if the tram's crossed the bridge.I guess they never did.
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post 6th Dec 2003, 05:48pm
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I was once travelling on an old 'shoogly from Renfrew Cross to Govan with my pal Ronnie who had a pair of pigeons up his jooks. We were sitting up front on the top deck and somewhere about the Royal Docks, the tram took one of those corner 'lurches' (you know what I mean - rib-crackers, if you weren't careful) and the doos flew out Ronnies jacket. Having regained their freedom, they were not going to be re-captured easily. Ronnie and me chased them around the upper deck, praying that the clippie widnae appear - but she did, wondering what the clatter was!. Did we get laldy?. If I remember rightly we got a good price for them after recapture.
Returning home from the jiggin late on a winter Saturday night upstairs on a shoogly with your lumber snuggled up was a nice memory too.
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post 6th Dec 2003, 06:04pm
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Rab why on earth would you have pigeons up ur jook on a tram?
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