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Posted by: GG 4th Sep 2012, 07:28pm


Those were the days, my friends. A big bit of Glasgow nostalgia: exactly fifty years ago tonight, 4th September 1962, the trams fell silent in Glasgow. At least 250,000 people are thought to have watched the last tram procession in the city. The final route on that momentous night was from Dalmarnock tram depot in the east end through to the city centre and down Pollokshaws Road to Coplawhill tramworks, which two years later was to become the city's first transport museum.

See this fantastic Youtube video: http://youtu.be/kO2DmTnXlDA

Hankies at the ready! Do you have any memories of the trams?

GG.

Posted by: LizzieLou 4th Sep 2012, 08:39pm

Oh my that was great to see the auld trams again. I remember as a wee lass going on the tram tae Crossmyloof Skating rink. We lived in one of the housing schemes called Garthamlock and used to come into town on the blue buses, "Alexanders" then change at the auld Dundas street bus station and catch the tram at Parliamentary Road. We had many a laugh on the tram, we used tae turn the seats back and the conductor would give us a row.

Posted by: Rosemary 4th Sep 2012, 08:43pm

Yes, I was attending a business school in Glasgow, and I was sent on an interview, told to get the tram on Renfield St. and I stood there waiting until a man told me that the trams had stopped running on Renfield St. this was 1960, I felt like a wee fool. Was that one of the first lines to go. I was 15 and I lived in Balloch at that time, so not city smart at all. wub.gif

Posted by: Kassy 4th Sep 2012, 08:44pm

I remember the Trams as a treat me Ma used to take us on the Tram once a week. I was born in 1955 so I was young and it was great.

I loved the youtube video it brought back a lot of memories.

Everytime I think about Glasgow the Trams the Lamp Lighters I followed around it tugs at my heartstrings. I just wish I could find out about Family.

Thanks for sharing this as I forgot about the old days and how good they were.

I have lots of memories of Glasgow all good.
Kassy

Posted by: Rab2 4th Sep 2012, 09:01pm

QUOTE (Kassy @ 4th Sep 2012, 09:59pm) *
I remember the Trams as a treat me Ma used to take us on the Tram once a week. I was born in 1955 so I was young and it was great.

I loved the youtube video it brought back a lot of memories.

Everytime I think about Glasgow the Trams the Lamp Lighters I followed around it tugs at my heartstrings. I just wish I could find out about Family.Thanks for sharing this as I forgot about the old days and how good they were.

I have lots of memories of Glasgow all good.
Kassy

Kassy - have you tried the 'Lost family and friends' section of this website?' You never know your luck!!

Posted by: Oldsmiddy 4th Sep 2012, 09:04pm

When I watched this video, it made me a little sad, I left Scotland (Coatbridge) November 5th.1962 ( Guy Fox) night, just prior to this event. The video brought back many memories of the tram rides from Coatbridge to Glasgow, the trams actually started in Airdrie, I vividly remember the #15 & the #23, one route went along the Duke St branch off at Shettleston, & the other carried along the Trongate towards Glasgow Cross. As with all things, nothing ever remains the same. I now live in Canada just east of Toronto, which has been my home since 1962, I am a Canadian Citizen, but still a Scot.

Posted by: Doug1 4th Sep 2012, 09:15pm

I'm sure I already posted something on the trams some time ago but here we go again. I well remember going in and out to the town centre on the trams from the south side where I lived. They were cold and very rattly and shoogly but they always seemed to be on time. One thing I certainly recall was riding my bike along Govan road and getting my front wheel stuck in the tram rails, it happened often and when it did you dam near went over the handlebars, no wonder we kids were tough in those days lol. I dont really remember anyone being particularly bothered about them stopping as we knew that nice new buses would be taking there place and they would go to places that the trams didnt go to

Posted by: acerman 4th Sep 2012, 09:25pm

Thanks for that GG. A real trip down memory lane. And my father in law drove trams! Great video.

Posted by: big les glasgow 4th Sep 2012, 09:33pm

My last memories was when we finshed working late in Michell St at Bell & Bain the printers, we cut through to to the Union Bar in Union St had a cupla "happy days" and my wee pal a compositor called Willie Fleming always told me he went upstairs and had a shuggle hame and the effect with the 2 "happy days" made him fall asleep on the old Possilpark caur !!!and he always missed his stop!!! great days .

We stayed at the Dalmuir West terminus and before the war it was a great long ride into town and away to Auchenshuggle with my father or when we went into the toon and we got off at Anderston Cross and he told me to wait outside the pub while he went in for a wee hauf ..What memeories, now 78 and it seems like yesterday when I used to hurry to jump on a cuar under the Central Bridge with my Girl friend just to go to King st about 1 stops before Glasgow Cross to get to Osborne Street to get a bit of snoggin and I had to catch the last tram to Yoker at 12.30am and walk to Duntocher about 2 am. just managing to catch the chip shop just up from Livingston st. in Clydebank starving!!!..what I would give if we could turn the clock back to those happy days ..poor but wonderful times with the caurs..
big les glasgow ....... [email removed – see post below, GG.]

Posted by: Rab2 4th Sep 2012, 09:43pm

The streets they ran on ..........................

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ManXMQJpxUw&feature=related

Posted by: jak1948 4th Sep 2012, 09:45pm

I remember the "caurs" well. Both as a young lad living in Maryhill where
i saw a lot of the trams going in and out of the local depot,travelled on them sometimes too.Then as a teenager,when we came into town from Easterhouse on the bus and would sometimes take a tram ride. I am an ex bus driver and feel i must say,i would have loved to drive the trams. I think they would have been my preferred mode of transport.Far more character than the buses.have watched this and other tram videos on you tube.Still do. I preferred the standard [older] tram to the newer coronation type for some reason.

Posted by: Rab2 4th Sep 2012, 09:47pm

QUOTE (big les glasgow @ 4th Sep 2012, 10:48pm) *
My last memories was when we finshed working late in Michell St at Bell & Bain the printers, we cut through to to the Union Bar in Union St had a cupla "happy days" and my wee pal a compositor called Willie Fleming always told me he went upstairs and had a shuggle hame and the effect with the 2 "happy days" made him fall asleep on the old Possilpark caur !!!and he always missed his stop!!! great days . ...

Great post Les. Wee tip = NEVER put your email address on open view, its asking for lots of spam etc!
Rab.

Posted by: DavidT 4th Sep 2012, 10:16pm

Great video. I'm only just too young to remember trams. It was good to see old Glasgow. It's changed quite a bit. I was a wee bit shocked to learn that women could drive trams but not buses. Odd.
David

Posted by: navyandsilver 4th Sep 2012, 10:42pm

Please settle an argument. What was the LONGEST tram journey operated by GCT from terminus to terminus. I'm sure Milngavie was at one end....the 29 or 23 car?

Posted by: navyandsilver 4th Sep 2012, 10:45pm

QUOTE (Oldsmiddy @ 4th Sep 2012, 10:19pm) *
When I watched this video, it made me a little sad, I left Scotland (Coatbridge) November 5th.1962 ( Guy Fox) night, just prior to this event. The video brought back many memories of the tram rides from Coatbridge to Glasgow, the trams actually started in Airdrie, I vividly remember the #15 & the #23, one route went along the Duke St branch off at Shettleston, & the other carried along the Trongate towards Glasgow Cross. As with all things, nothing ever remains the same. I now live in Canada just east of Toronto, which has been my home since 1962, I am a Canadian Citizen, but still a Scot.

Sorry 'Old Smiddy' but if you took out Canadian citizenship you were BORN a Scot but are Canadian NOW!!

Posted by: angel 5th Sep 2012, 12:19am

It is a great video brings back happy memories .

Going from Partick to whiteinch to get to the Medwyn st. swimming pool. going from Partick to Yoker , to get the Renfrew ferry to that swimming pool .

I had an aunt who was a conductess on the trams and when she was on the Anniesland run we would hop her tram to Anniesland cross and not pay our fare , wub.gif then walk to my other Aunts house , and she fed us , all great fun for us kids . biggrin.gif

Posted by: okiegal 5th Sep 2012, 01:40am

That youtube video made me laugh & cry. Every Sunday we got on the caur at Maitland St. & went to my granny's in Maryhill. My granny lived in Bilsland Drive & this was a Sunday ritual during the forties until 1954. The memories this brought back were all good & they were certainly for sure "The Good Old Days".

Came to New York 1961 & have been in Oklahoma since 1976 [married an okie] still & always will be a Glesga lassie.My husband, kids & grandkids are American & I am the only alien in the house. I've been here 51 years & never wanted to change as I will always be proud of my heritage. That's my choice but everyone has the right to choose what's right for them. Thank you GG.

Posted by: Ina 5th Sep 2012, 04:26am

Thank you very much, really enjoyed that. I spent the first 19 years of my life in the East end of Glasgow and wish I had a dollar for every time I used the tramcars. Most days i used them for going to high school and then to go to my work in an office on St. Vincent street, I used them 4 times a day (home for lunch). Going to the Palais or other dance Halls was another trip on the tram. What a wonderful and cheap way to go and a lot of fun too, everyone talked to each other.

We have visited the Transport Museum a few times on our trips home to Scotland from Ontario Canada (emigrated in 1957).

Thanks for the memory,
Ina Patience.

Posted by: Bejasus 5th Sep 2012, 04:33am

okiegal, I was in Oklahoma last week. Unfortunately, it was following a family bereavement, but I have been there quite a few times. Also the company I work for, has been based in Duncan,
OK since forever.

Posted by: Bejasus 5th Sep 2012, 04:35am

I was there when the last tram passed along Argyle St. I may still have the bent pennies we laid on the track for the tram to run over. My dad was also a tram driver. thumbup.gif

Posted by: Elma 5th Sep 2012, 05:24am

I stood outside the Tram Depot on Albert Drive Pollokshields that night with my husband and 18 month old son. We lived in Kenmure Street, round the corner from the Depot so it was easy for us to get there. I remember the parade of the old and new(er) trams as they went into the building.

When I was last in Glasgow in 2008 I had a lovely lunch in the garden in the now Tramway Theatre with Stratson before visiting her allotment in the New Victory Gardens and walking round Pollokshields. Thanks Stratson for a lovely afternoon, I rekindled old memories that day. wub.gif

Posted by: Megrose 5th Sep 2012, 06:30am

I grew up in the Royston area in the 1940s/1950s and remember, as a child, travelling on the trams along Royston Road into the city. My dad and granddad both worked on the trams in their times - 1920s/1940s. Thanks for the video, it brings back some lovely memories.

Posted by: bilbo.s 5th Sep 2012, 06:50am

Members may find this link useful:-

http://www.semple.biz/glasgow/gct%20tram%20routes2.shtml

In my day, the 15 from Anderston Cross, and the 23 from Gairbraid Avenue both went to Airdrie. The ride from Baillieston lights to Coatbridge on the private track was like a scary carnival ride to us, as the trams swung wildly, seeming to almost hit the posts. Latterly both services terminated at Baillieston.

Posted by: Christine13 5th Sep 2012, 07:11am

QUOTE (GG @ 4th Sep 2012, 08:43pm) *
Those were the days, my friends. A big bit of Glasgow nostalgia: exactly fifty years ago tonight, 4th September 1962, the trams fell silent in Glasgow. At least 250,000 people are thought to have watched the last tram procession in the city. The final route on that momentous night was from Dalmarnock tram depot in the east end through to the city centre and down Pollokshaws Road to Coplawhill tramworks, which two years later was to become the city's first transport museum.

See this fantastic Youtube video: http://youtu.be/kO2DmTnXlDA

Hankies at the ready! Do you have any memories of the trams?

GG.

I was in ruby street as a child watching the last trams, I am sure the Lady Provost Jean Roberts was there, I lived in the next street to the tram depot.

Posted by: ashfield 5th Sep 2012, 07:36am

Must admit that the last night of the trams kind of passed me by, I was thirteen and thought that the move to get rid of them was a good idea. Well I suppose they were impractical in the form they were in then, but like a lot of the disused rail lines, the baby got thrown out with the bath water.

I see that a modernised Coronation tram has been installed at the new Museum of Transport for a short period of time. Without knowing the practicalities, I wonder if anyone has looked at the possiblility of installing a short line between the city centre and the new museum and running some of the old tramcars as both a service and living exhibit. They did have at least one running at Summerlee, would it be possible or cost effective?

Posted by: farrochie 5th Sep 2012, 07:39am

We did occasional runs fae Coatbridge tae Glasgow on the trams. You used tae think "will it be an old tram or a new tram?"

There was a boy at our primary (St Pat's) whose bicycle wheel got caught in a tram line and he was killed, we were told.

There is a nice piece of archive film on Baxter's Buses, for those from the Airdrie/Coatbridge area. As well as showing the buses, there are some shots of the tram lines being lifted.

http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=6101

Posted by: bilbo.s 5th Sep 2012, 07:59am

Thanks for the lonk, Farrochie- will watch at my leisure. I was lucky to escape serious consequences when my wheel got stuck in the tramline betwwn Blackcroft Road and Carrick Drive
on Baillieston Road. A tram was coming down the road towards me.

Posted by: farrochie 5th Sep 2012, 08:06am

QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 5th Sep 2012, 09:14am) *
Thanks for the lonk, Farrochie- will watch at my leisure. I was lucky to escape serious consequences when my wheel got stuck in the tramline betwwn Blackcroft Road and Carrick Drive
on Baillieston Road. A tram was coming down the road towards me.

bilbo.s, you are a Shettleston man? I lived 553 Old Shettleston Rd way back in the '50s, then I worked as a barman in "The Drum" during my student days.

Posted by: bilbo.s 5th Sep 2012, 08:10am

Farrochie, if you care to search back my posts under Shettleston, all will be revealed. I was brought up at 822 and 844 from 1942 -1953 and then moved to North Mount Vernon until I was 20.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 5th Sep 2012, 08:27am

QUOTE (farrochie @ 5th Sep 2012, 08:54am) *
... there are some shots of the tram lines being lifted.

http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=6101

And here is a shot of the Customs Post between Basel (Switzerland) and Weil am Rhein (Germany) being demolished.... (looking into the Swiss side from Germany)


... so a new tram line can bring this No.8 tram from Basel into Weil am Rhein. tongue.gif


Makes it easier for both sides to get round parking problems on shopping days. thumbup.gif

Posted by: serabash 5th Sep 2012, 08:29am

I remember the last day of the trams, my granny and me were oan and aff trams awe that day. I was five and my memory is off all the trams we were on breaking down and having to get another one., but maybe it was each tram to the end of it's journey then on to the next one. unsure.gif I do remember being places I had never been before. We had a packed lunch with us on our wee day out on the trams. biggrin.gif

Posted by: *Tony S* 5th Sep 2012, 08:49am

I was only 2 months old when the last tram made its final journey so only got to see them on film or transport museum

Posted by: Lobby Dosser 5th Sep 2012, 09:08am

QUOTE (Doug1 @ 4th Sep 2012, 10:30pm) *
I'm sure I already posted something on the trams some time ago but here we go again. I well remember going in and out to the town centre on the trams from the south side where I lived. They were cold and very rattly and shoogly but they always seemed to be on time. One thing I certainly recall was riding my bike along Govan road and getting my front wheel stuck in the tram rails, it happened often and when it did you dam near went over the handlebars, no wonder we kids were tough in those days lol. I dont really remember anyone being particularly bothered about them stopping as we knew that nice new buses would be taking there place and they would go to places that the trams didnt go to

Govan Rd, bike in tram lines; been there did that. The Govan rd. tram was sheer poetry in motion. I don't remember them going away but they will live in my memory until I do.

Posted by: Albanach 5th Sep 2012, 10:09am

I fondly remember that as a wean my pals and I would hang about the Riddrie tram terminus in Smithycroft Road (very handie for Barlinnie!) putting coins on the tracks to get them flattened for no good reason except maybe 'scientific' curiosity. The flattened pennies immediately lost their spending power. This was compensated for by kindly tram drivers who would allow us to change the points on the track with the steel levers that the trams carried, and even get a 'hudgie' on the platform as they drove the caurs onto the opposite track, ready for the next journey to Rouken Glen or Giffnock. Simple pleasures, but lasting memories!

Posted by: GG 6th Sep 2012, 07:40am

Many great memories, thanks all, and keep them coming.

A couple of quotes from the media on this subject:

Museum curator John Messner reflected:

QUOTE
"For almost 90 years, Glasgow really was a tram city.

"Before cars, before buses, before the subway, it was the trams that people took all over the city. They took people to work, to school, to the dancing and to the football - they were part of the lifestyle of most Glaswegians. When they came off in 1962, it was the impetus for the creation of a transport museum in Glasgow."

Most major towns and cities in Scotland had trams, such as Edinburgh, Perth, Kilmarnock and Dundee. But then, in the first half of the 20th century, there was more need for cars, and trams were seen as an outdated 19th century idea.

Nowadays, there are plans for Edinburgh, while Manchester's Metrolink arrived in 1992. But none of the modern ideas are like the classic idea. They are more like light rail trains than trolley cars."

University of Glasgow Professor Iain Docherty said:
QUOTE
"One of the reasons we got rid of the trams at the time was the belief that we needed all the space we could possibly have for the car. That has turned out to be a double-edged sword with problems of congestion and pollution.

If trams are done well then they improve the quality of the place.

There is a great deal of nostalgia towards trams - they were a huge part of the psyche.

Most of the town centres in places like Glasgow and Edinburgh look the way they do because of trams. They were built around the tram network and vice versa. A lot of urban environments were built with the tram in mind.

Most cities that build modern tramways hate the construction period because it's disruptive, and people think it's a terrible idea. And then once they are up and running, people love them and want more of them."

GG.

Posted by: *doncaster tom* 6th Sep 2012, 08:33am

I used to get caur in the old Garngad to Blackhill and get off at the auld Ranza Place and walk down the lane to Hogganfield Street past the pond. Fond memories.

Posted by: big les glasgow 6th Sep 2012, 08:35am

I remembered i wrote about Wilsons Zoo and the tram journey on "Oor glasgow " site a few years ago maybe some of the visitors would like to read it below:......

One of the biggest thrills when I was a wee boy just before the Second World War was to be taken on Saturday for a ride on one of the brand new Coronation trams. Even now my memory recalls the new smell of the paint and the extra smooth ride from Dalmuir West, where we lived at the time, into "The Town". Passing the Art Galleries, there was a continuous row of tenement buildings through Finnieston and Anderston. We then alighted at the stop before the Hielanman's Umbrella and crossed over to visit Wilson's Zoo in Oswald Street.

The first thing I remember was a lady stuck behind a small window who took your money and let you through the turnstile and up the stair to see the wonderful collection of such rare animals and birds which awaited you in their cages and pens. They included "The Biggest Rat in the World" which was caught in Rothesay Dock and was actually a Coypus. The 2pm crowd puller was when the drunks all came in from the pubs to shout abuse at the lion tamer, who made the lion do its tricks with the cracking of the whip behind the bars of the cage and feeding it later with a large hunk of meat!!!!!! All this again with a pungent smell of animal cages which could have done with a clean out the previous day. I also remember the fancy Muscovy ducks and the male peacock with its tail fanned out with such a beautiful array of colours. All this stuck one up in an old tenement building backing on to Central Station.

As we went round we came to the monkey cage, my favourites!!! I used to feed them nuts until one of them took my hand between the bars and bit my right index finger. I must have yelled as I was taken in emergency down the steep stair to a hospital and had the finger cautorized. So I guess my father must have been in a real panic back in those days as I remember being told that the King of Greece had died from a monkey bite earlier.

I still have the bite mark to remember me of Wilson's Zoo. "Those were the days"!!!

Posted by: Dave Grieve 6th Sep 2012, 08:45am

QUOTE (Lobby Dosser @ 5th Sep 2012, 11:23am) *
Govan Rd, bike in tram lines; been there did that. The Govan rd. tram was sheer poetry in motion. I don't remember them going away but they will live in my memory until I do.

Remember my mother getting her heel caught in the tram lines at Charring Cross and struggling to get it free before the tram ran over it. laugh.gif
Our next door neighbour was a conductor and every week he would hand over tokens for us to ride the caurs for free.

Posted by: Jupiter 6th Sep 2012, 02:38pm

I was just watching Chick Murray recounting the story of the woman with the extremely large nose who when she fell flat on her face got it caught in the tram line.He and his pal took a leg each and pushed her wheelbarrow style to the depot.Only Chick could do it.

Posted by: GG 6th Sep 2012, 07:36pm

Ha-ha, good one, Jupiter! As you say, only Chick could tell that one!

For all, here's a couple more great (silent) clips of trams:

http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=5047
Trams in service in the streets of Glasgow, including interior shots and footage of the last journey of the trams. An enjoyable film to watch, particularly for anyone familiar with the city of Glasgow. Gives a strong sense that the 'end of an era' has been reached.

http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=0055
Views of both contemporary and slightly older types of tram in Glasgow. 21st May, 1960.

GG.

Posted by: Rab2 6th Sep 2012, 07:53pm

Late one night, my Dad chased after a tram in Argyle St. As he grabbed what he thought was the platform pole to jump on, he pulled a lamplighter onto the road! laugh.gif The lamplighter wisna laffin!

(Explanation for you youngsters. The lamplighter used to carry a pole with which they turned on the gas to light the street- lamps)

Posted by: big les glasgow 6th Sep 2012, 08:05pm

Thanks a million GG the 2 films were just great to see and was just as if the place had'nt changed to what it is now ..If only we could put back the clock to see St Georges X , Charing X and Maryhill Road as they were. It was just lovely and the wee single decker Duntocher tram on its last trip through Brigton X and Glesca X would bring a tear to a glass eye Brilliant !!! yours Big Les Glasgow

Posted by: angel 6th Sep 2012, 08:42pm

QUOTE
(Explanation for you youngsters. The lamplighter used to carry a pole with which they turned on the gas to light the street- lamps)

Aw Rab , I know this is off topic but you have reminded me of a story my mother would tell us ,... a story about our dad , who took a temporary job as a " leerie "until he found a better job that paid more money for his family .

I guess this was her way of instilling in her children ," the work ethic ", which I believe is present to this day amongst my family members , but that is ,I suppose another topic .
cheers smile.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 6th Sep 2012, 09:05pm

Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure I used to get on a tram from Farme Cross to Brigton Cross and that would have been in 1959/60. I continued on my once a week (on Wednesdays) journey from Brigton Cross to Morrisson Street but I think that was on the trolley-bus.
Each fare was 1d ... the clippies always laughed when I told them I really was 15 and left school and wouldn't take the 4dadult fare from me anyway cos I was such a nice wee laddie, tongue.gif
The shilling I saved from the trip both ways always got me my 5 Capstan on a Wednesday. biggrin.gif

Posted by: GG 6th Sep 2012, 10:30pm

QUOTE (big les glasgow @ 6th Sep 2012, 09:20pm) *
Thanks a million GG the 2 films were just great to see and was just as if the place had'nt changed to what it is now ..If only we could put back the clock to see St Georges X , Charing X and Maryhill Road as they were. It was just lovely and the wee single decker Duntocher tram on its last trip through Brigton X and Glesca X would bring a tear to a glass eye Brilliant !!! yours Big Les Glasgow

Thanks Les, a pleasure to share them. And thanks for your great memories of your tram journeys Wilson's Zoo, great stuff. You might enjoy this topic:

Wilson's Zoo On Oswald Street
http://discuss.glasgowguide.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=15899

GG.

Posted by: Greumach 7th Sep 2012, 01:44pm

Hi All, I lived in Cowcaddens Street and McPhater street and at one time knew every caur route that came via Hope street. My memory of the last night of the trams was when I saw people putting down pennies on the track at the Maitland Street terminus. The magnitude of the occasion was lost to my young mind at the time. The video was great to watch. Bring back the caurs!

Posted by: tracystreet 7th Sep 2012, 07:37pm

I used to love going on the tram. My dad used to drive them in Glasgow.

Posted by: Gemini 9th Sep 2012, 01:28pm

Being an xclippie I loved working oan tha "caurs" I worked out of Parkhead garage and my run was the 15 and the 23 what a great job that was but I left Scotland in 1958 so I wasn't there for the last run but my mom sent me the newspaper which I still have and kidding me that because I left the "caurs stopped running". thumbup.gif

Posted by: gardenqueen 11th Sep 2012, 09:03am

I was 11 years old and didn't go but I remember my big sister and her new husband going to see the last tram. They came back with pennies which had been put on the line and were bent by the tram.

Posted by: The Bankie 25th Sep 2012, 10:42am

Hi Guys
As you might guess from my avatar I lived in Clydebank. As I was about 13 at the time I missed the last scheduled tram but was there for the "Official" parade.
A couple of points about the film struck home. The trams setting off from Dalmuir West damn nearly had to be push started because of the pennies and ha'pennies on the line and they were sweeping them off all the way to the depot to avoid derailments. Those from the Dalmuir terminus were FLAT because about 6 trams had run over them and the scrap value of the rails went up by about 20% because of the copper filled grooves. Folk, mainly kids, would wait till the tram was nearly there, then rush accross the road putting a penny down as they crossed. My mum threw mine away in the 70s.
My favourite memory is of going to the "shows" at the Kelvin Hall on the tram every Christmas & Hognmanay.

For an alternative view without the commentary try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYQNjqAh_nU". This is the first time I have posted a link so I hope it works.

Just to prove that you can take a bit of Glesca wi ye, hae a lookit these.






Aw ra best
The Bankie

Posted by: *Bobby* 21st Jan 2018, 04:47pm

I built the whole of he Glasgow Tramway system on the NV3 Trainz simnulator. Took me three years.