Glasgow Standard Tram

Preserving Glasgow Tram No.488

It's history and restoration progress in the UK

Horse tram services started 19 August 1872
Electric traction from 13 October 1898 until 4 September 1962
Tramway abandonment's started in 1926, with major route closures from 1956 onwards
Trolleybuses introduced 3 April 1949 - Abandoned 27 May 1967

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Beamish Living Museum,
County Durham, DH9 0RG

Beamish Living Museum - June 2019

Notice something missing from this picture? Well this is the line up of all the trams that operate at Beamish Living Museum.

Maybe one day, Glasgow 488 will be a visiting tramcar there. It would nicely complement the resident fleet.

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TLRS tour on System Closure

Glasgow Corporation Tramways (GCT) Dalmarnock Depot in Ruby Street Ken Thorpe [RIP] and myself organized a tour of the system on the last day of revenue earning operation on 4th September 1962 only to find ourselves inundated with bookings to the extent that the hiring of two trams was necessary and two more coaches for the London constituents.

The trams selected for the tour were Cornation MK1 No.1222 (for passengers with 'A' tickets) and Coronation MK2 aka "Cunarder" No.1360 (for passengers with 'B' tickets). Why Ken never thought to hire a Standard tram, we will never know.

Anyway, about 130 members of the Tramway and Light Railway Society (TLRS) travelled up overnight on three coaches that departed from London to join fellow enthusiasts in the City Centre to board either of these two trams, often referred to in Glasgow as 'caurs', annotated as 'A' and 'B'. Every inch of the trackwork still available to use, even where services no longer plied, was traversed.

'Our' passengers alighted from the trams at Coplawhill Car Works for a conducted tour of the premises, then back through the city centre to Auchenshuggle, Dalmuir West and later both trams entered into Dalmarnock depot, a rare sight indeed.

TLRS members and fellow enthusiasts returned overnight to London but would have loved to have stayed in Glasgow to watch special services that ran on September 2nd, 3rd and 4th to mark the withdrawal of the trams. The estimate crowd size of those saying goodbye to their trams on the very last day, 4th September 1962, was 250,000 - the largest crowd on a city's streets since VE Day.

Roger Manley writes:
"I wanted to go on that trip organised by Ken and yourself but my parents would not allow it - I was 15".

John Prentice writes:
"Like Roger I also would have liked to have gone on the tour but parents said no. I was 14".


A search on the internet has only found these few pictures of the tour. Can you add to what is seen here and if so, may I please have a copy so that the may be published here?

What I would like also is a description of the route that was followed so that I can produce a map. Can anyone help on this please?

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Glasgow Tram no 1222 outside 45 Ruby Street, Dalmarnock Tram Depot

At its peak: Route length: 141.37 miles

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