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> Albion Motors, Scotstoun
Jamie79
post 16th Jul 2011, 09:19am
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Hi folks, I recently found out that a great grand uncle of mine, Archibald 'Archie' Stewart, worked at the Albion Motors factory in Scotstoun for a number of years circa the 1950s/60s.

I wondered if there was anyone on here who worked there at a similar time and might remember Archie, or have memories to share of the place during that era please?

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Jamie Yates
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post 16th Jul 2011, 09:58am
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Good luck with your search Jamie.

A bit of background on the Albion Motor Company for readers:
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The Albion Motor Car Co began building cars at the end of the 19th century, originally based in Finnieston Street, Glasgow, with a workforce of just seven. In 1913 the decision was made to concentrate on the construction of lorries and goods vehicles at its factory in Scotstoun, and Albion vehicles were exported all over the world. Albions were particularly popular because their chassis were bolted together, not welded. This meant that it was easy to take them apart for repairs, even in remote locations.

In the 1920s the Government appointed Mr Bean of Smith Street, Hillhead, as the Crown Agent for the Colonies Resident Inspecting Engineer at the Albion Motor Works. He was responsible for testing vehicles before they were sent abroad to the colonies.

In 1930 that The Albion Motor Car Company Ltd was renamed Albion Motors. The name changed 21 years later with Leyland Motors taking over. After the British Leyland Motor Corporation was founded in 1968, production continued with the Albion Chieftain, Clydesdale and Reiver trucks and the Albion Viking bus models.

For more information/photos, a good place to start is TruckPlanet.

There's also a book available: Sure as the Sunrise; A History of Albion Motors

Yet another story of the bitterly sad decline of Glasgow's and Scotland's industrial heritage.

GG.

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post 16th Jul 2011, 09:04pm
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Thanks for the info and I love the photo! I went for a wander today (in the rain!) and found the factory, along with a few other family landmarks. Ended up in Craigton Cemetery searching for the resting place of my great grandparents on the other side of the family!

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Jamie


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post 16th Jul 2011, 11:02pm
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hi my father worked there late 50s early 60s willie watson he was a fitter and turner he was at the caley before that cheers
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