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> A Hurl On The Subway, nostalgia
big tommy
post 4th Nov 2005, 07:46pm
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When we were very much younger we could take a tour of Glasgow on the Underground or the Subway as it was always called.

For one single old penny we could travel to all fifteen stations. The greatest thrill was from Merkland Street to Govan Cross which meant actually travelling under the River Clyde.

Imagine the thrill to a young boy to know he was really travelling under water and our imagination running wild at the thought of the tunnel collapsing trapping everybody on board. I think we scared ourselves to bits with the thought. But, of course, it never did.

When we saw the conductor coming on his rounds we would hide in the compartment at the end of the train, known to us as "the single end", crouched down under the boarding so that if he missed us we could travel the whole fifteen stations once more. It really became an excursion for us this way.

Oh!! the wonderful smell at the entrance and exit of each station, a smell to live with us forever. I have never smelled it in any other place in my travels.


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post 4th Nov 2005, 10:08pm
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Yur dead right Tommy...a wonderful thing the Subway...when Ah started reading your post Ah thought of the great and unique smell that comes up from each station...it's a tough call which is better....standing outside a subway station or standing outside a bakery....I suppose they both have their merits eh?


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stuarty
post 4th Nov 2005, 10:15pm
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ma face goes bright red and the smell makes me sick as a parrot still travel on it londons subway you would get lost for days cool.gif


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Catherine
post 4th Nov 2005, 10:29pm
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It's the length of the escalators goin doon in London that gies me the creeps....and they're so steep are they no Stuarty?

Ah mind ma pal drivin the underground train..ah wis standin as he pulled intae the station..an he gied me a big toot toot toot when he wis leavin, ah wis aw chuffed!
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post 4th Nov 2005, 10:40pm
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people are always committing sidywas on it and the secondto last time they jumped under the tube ma brother his wife and me were on and the guard said donot look down a couldny get oot quick enough we never felt a thing some gory people tried to see twats sad.gif


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post 4th Nov 2005, 10:57pm
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Same here Stuarty, God help people who do this cos wherr must yer mind be to do somethin like that.
Then the poor driver, no worth thinkin about is it.

Ma pals husband had a workmate a few years ago, very good friend and a successful guy and lovely tae everyone.
He eventually got questioned about a suspect report an said haud oan tae ah get the stuff from ma office.....kept walkin, oan the lift, oot the buildin, an done the same thing at the end of the train line.
Turned oot he'd taken MILLIONS fae the company.
Left three wee weans and a wife who hudnae a clue.
Wis huge over here, mibbe a few on here remember it.

We'd a spate of murders here over the last few years...people gettin thrown in front of the trains as they were coming into the subway stations, it was terrifyin and so sad.
Now they have the line in place that you can't cross...in order to keep you well back.....but I know people who still are very nervous travellin on the subway here because of this threat.

Cripes sorry Tommy...we're jist bletherin away here an ah bet ye wish it wis happier...sorry....Stuarty started it laugh.gif


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post 4th Nov 2005, 11:09pm
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I loved the smell of the subway. When I was young I lived not far from the one in Cowcaddens and I always stopped to smell it everytime I passed..

When my sister and her famly were here a few years ago, we went down to London as my American brother-in-law wanted to see Buckinham Palace. We used the subway to travel around. We were going down the stairs of the subway one day when we heard the train come in, so we all started running. Erin and I jumped on the train and it went away leaving the rest behind. The two of us could not move for laughing when we saw the expression on the face's of the others who were left standing on the platform. We did not have a clue where we were going as her dad had the map. We got off at the next stop and waited for the rest of the family, who I knew would arrive on the next train, and they did. laugh.gif


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post 5th Nov 2005, 01:35pm
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Stuarty
I have never been lost on London's subway (yet) I just follow the coloured Lines and change where they cross .
Mind you !! There is always a first time
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post 5th Nov 2005, 02:51pm
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When Suzy and I were in Glasgow in July I thought she would enjoy the Transport Museum and see Kelvingrove Park. The quickest way was to go on the Subway. What a shoogle! I didn't mind it but later Suzy told me she was uncomfortable. This trip was soon after the bombings in London. My old tram stop in Cowcaddens was just beside the subway so I always went in for a sniff. I have wondered what that oosty smell was. wub.gif Bunty
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post 5th Nov 2005, 05:00pm
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Hi Bunty...Ah think that "oosty smell" is jist God's good earth comin'up! smile.gif


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post 5th Nov 2005, 06:24pm
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If that smell could be bottled - I would buy it for just one last sniff! laugh.gif
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Melody
post 5th Nov 2005, 06:35pm
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Ah Rab, there's something exciting about that smell of the subway nothing else like it. I particularly remember the Buchanan Street old station, passing by and getting a whiff of that smell, another world waited down those stairs somehow. smile.gif C'mon we'll go fur a wee hurl.
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Catherine
post 5th Nov 2005, 06:38pm
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Oh Melody....gaun yersel....Ah kin jist see Rab fixin his herr an soartin his tie an aw excitit laugh.gif


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post 5th Nov 2005, 06:46pm
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Right we're off, hurry up Rab, oh ah kin jist see Rab noo fixin' that tie laugh.gif Makes a lassie's heart a flutter.


There’s Partick Cross and Cessnock, Hillhead and Merkland Street,

George’s Cross and Govan Cross where all the people meet

West Street, Shields Road, the train goes round and round

You’ve never lived unless you’ve been on The Glasgow Underground.




They tell me that Majorca is a dandy place to be

Or Switzerland or Italy or even Gay Paree,

There’s many lovely beauty spots upon the Clyde of Firth

But I would rather always travel doon below the earth.



There’s Partick Cross and Cessnock, Hillhead and Merkland Street,

George’s Cross and Govan Cross where all the people meet

West Street, Shields Road, the train goes round and round

You’ve never lived unless you’ve been on The Glasgow Underground.


There’s names that ring like magic that can thrill you through and through
They seem to call you back wi’ an enchantment never knew

There’s places far away are like a song that’s sweetly sung

You’ll roll them round your mooth and feel them slidin’ aff yer tongue.


There’s Partick Cross and Cessnock, Hillhead and Merkland Street,

George’s Cross and Govan Cross where all the people meet

West Street, Shields Road, the train goes round and round

You’ve never lived unless you’ve been on The Glasgow Underground.


I never liked the stourie winds, the showers or the snaw,
The sun can get too burny and the sleet’s no nice at a’

But I don’t mind the climate now as on my way I go

The dolce vita’s waiting there a hundred feet below.


There’s Partick Cross and Cessnock, Hillhead and Merkland Street,

George’s Cross and Govan Cross where all the people meet

West Street, Shields Road, the train goes round and round

You’ve never lived unless you’ve been on The Glasgow Underground.


God Bless Francie and Josie. xxx
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Catherine
post 5th Nov 2005, 06:52pm
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laugh.gif BRILLIANT!!


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