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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Interesting Poster

Now in the 1930s you have all dressed up in your finest to see Glasgow by tram. There never was any concept of an all-day ticket on the city-wide transport system, so each tram boarded, they would have needed to buy a ticket.

Now with our couple already on their tour, what routes would they have chosen (maybe 14 being the longest) and where would they have stopped off for lunch?

Let's have your thoughts on that one please.

Seeing Glasgow by Tram

I hope that they had a map of tram routes with them!

Surely our couple were going to the Empire Exhibition, an international exposition at Bellahouston Park, between
3rd May to 29th October 1938?

Empire Exhibition, Glasgow - 1038

New tram routes, 30 and 31, were introduced to serve the exhibition site.

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Historical Pictures of Glasgow Tram 488 [2 of 2]

488 at Glasgow Cross
488 at Glasgow Cross
Picture DM488
Photographed by Dave Menzies

Picture 513 -
Unknown Photographer

Ballieston tram Terminus
Picture JF1 - Ballieston Terminus
After it was cut back from the start of the reserved track
Photographed by John Fozard

Dalmarnock Depot
Picture U488 - Dalmarnock Depot
Unknown Photographer

Burnside Terminus - Tram 488 ex works on 17 May 1947
Picture X6911 - Burnside Terminus
17 May 1947, ex-works
Photographed by Bob Clark

Anderston Cross with a route 15 tram reversing c1949
Picture STS2 - Anderston Cross
With a route 15 tram reversing. c1949
Photographed by M H Waller

Glasgow tram 488 newly overhauled, 28th June 1960
Picture STS3 - 488 newly overhauled
28th June 1960. On railway bridge, Albert Drive
Photographed by Struan Robertson

Anderston Cross, May 1961
Picture STS5 - Dukes Road, Burnside Terminus
May 1961, back in service
Photographer unknown/STTS collection

Springburn, Hawthorn Street tram Terminus
Picture STS1 - Springburn, Hawthorn Street Terminus with 488 as white car
Very poor picture but displayed for historical reasons
It does prove that 488 carried this livery. Taken 1938
Photographed by W Fisher

Hielanman's Umbrella on Argyle Street
Picture GT8 - Hielanman's Umbrella
on Argyle Street

Showing 488 just before going to Paris
Photograph from Thomas Mann collection

488 at Dalmarnock Depot - 3rd June 1961
Picture ASC1 - Dalmarnock Depot
3rd June 1961
Photograph by A S Clayton [Online Transport Archive]

488 at Shawfield, 3rd June 1961
Picture ASC2 - Shawfield
3rd June 1961
Photograph by A S Clayton [Online Transport Archive]

488 at ?
Picture US6 - Unknown Location
Photograph Unknown

Other sources of photographs of No. 488 in service:
"Round Glasgow by Tram" [Ian Stewart] - P.17 [lower] [black & white]
"The Wearing of the Green" [William M. Tollan] - Inside front cover [colour]
"The Twilight Years of the Glasgow Tram" [A. Gordon] - P.32 / 88 / 92 / 118 [all colour]

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