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Archive Footage
Glasgow Trams - Part 2
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Archive Footage - Glasgow Trams - Part 2
Glasgow was the last city in Britain to operate traditional tramcars. Despite an active closure programme, there were still 12 services, six depots and some 400 cars in January. In ever dwindling numbers, Standards, Kilmamocks, Goddesses, Coronations and Cunarders could be seen in the city centre, amongst the setts and tenements, in the gloom and grime of the industrial suburbs, in the prosperous neighbourhoods on the south side, as well as the independent burghs of Clydebank and Rutherglen. A final grand procession was held on 4th September 1962 when 250,000 people crowded the wet streets to give the cars a rousing send off. Also rich in contemporary views of buses, cars, commercial vehicles, trains, fashions and street furniture. An evocative selection of films depicting Glasgow trams in their final years. Detailed coverage begins with the services abandoned in 1960: * Watch the passing of the last all-Standard operated services (1/30) with contrasting scenes in suburban Knightswood and industrial Parkhead * Glide along elegant Mosspark Boulevard * Negotiate the twists and turns amidst the wealthy villas in Pollokshields (3) * Take a final trip along the Great Western Road (10) and out to the Zoo (29) * Ride the 23, the last route operating around George Square * In 1961, dip beneath canal bridges, pass alongside railways, factories and tenements (16/18) * Cross the Clyde and climb sedately up through the independent Royal Burgh of Rutherglen to Burnside (18/26) * Sweep down Maryhill Road past the Barracks and Normal School, up and down the Rope Street 'switchback' and out to Tollcross (29) * In 1962, savour Coronations and Cunarders first in fog, snow and ice on the semi-rural line to Baillieston (15) * Then coping with crowds of dockers and shipyard workers (26) * And finally ekeing out their last days on the 12 mile cross city Auchenshuggle - Dalmuir West (9)
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