Glasgow: A Transport History
- Michael Meighan
15th April 2024
As so many, the author used to take for granted how as a boy he would be taken on a trolleybus or a tram to visit relatives or during the holidays he might travel on the steam train and a paddle steamer 'doon the water' to Dunoon, or some other Clyde Coast resort. Other days he might go on a school or Boy Scouts bus run.
Looking back, we can see that Glasgow has gone through periods of huge change in its public transport. The steam-powered railway gave way to the electric 'Blue Train' and the modern diesel. Old railways disappeared and new routes took citizens from the new suburbs (or schemes) into the city. The paddle steamers disappeared from the Clyde as did the ferries, along with the ships and the shipyards. Trams and trolleybuses gave way to modern buses. The horse and cart disappeared to be replaced by ever larger petrol and then diesel lorries and vans.
Having lived through many of these changes, the author marks the passing of the many modes of travel and transport by a nostalgic look back over more than a 100 years of change, the story accompanied by evocative photographs of what has been lost today.
So sit doon, and have a 'wee deoch an dorus' afore ye gang awa!