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Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Here's Brian with my favourite of the paintings on show, 'Footsteps in the snow'. The others can be viewed here.
Brian's website is here if you want to make contact with him. Perhaps you might have a commission for him?
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Friday, October 14, 2016
My earliest bus memories are of travelling on a single decker, along Mosspark Drive, in the early 1950s. The terminus was at the shops at the Cardonald end of Mosspark Drive, just beside where I lived, and the bus ran into the city centre, stopping beside Inglis' shop, at the junction of Hope Street and Argyle Street, near to the Hielanman's Umbrella. For the life of me, I cannot remember the route number, although I want to say it was 45, but that service number had been applied to a different route by 1963, see here. The service along Mosspark Drive must have been stopped later in the 1950s.
I thought when I saw this in the distance that it was the single decker that I remember from my childhood. But all is not what it seems, from this front view. The vehicle is a cut down double decker, latterly used as a recovery vehicle. Read its history here.
This one though provided sevice with Central SMT, and is a Leyland Titan PD2/10 dating from 1954, details here.
I have to include a photo of an Alexander bus. It's a Leyland Lion LT5B dating from 1934, history here. Notice the starting handle!
The GVVT was established in 2002. Its website is here.
Pics © Skip Cottage. Thanks go to Robin Shand who let me know about the GVVT Open Weekend. The dates went into my diary and the result was an interesting 'away day', with lots of nostalgia!
Monday, October 03, 2016
It turned into one of my best ever 'away days'!
London 1348, is one of two London trolleybuses in the collection, survivors of a total of 1891 vehicles that were used in the city between 1931 to 1962. This K2, with Leyland body and chassis, was new to the fleet in 1939, and was withdrawn from service in 1961. It has six wheels, ie, three axles.
I was really pleased to see a Glasgow vehicle, in the colours I remember so well from my younger days. TB78 dates from 1958, and is a British United Traction 9613T vehicle with Crossley bodywork. The last day of trolleybus operation in Glasgow was May 27, 1967, and went largely ignored, in contrast to the day in September 1962 when some quarter of a million people turned out to see the end of the trams! Trolleybuses never captured the affection of the Glasgow public, as much as the trams had done. But, looking back, they kindle many good memories for me.
It's my platform, but 'Welcome Aboard'!
My day ticket to the museum allowed multiple rides, and it was great fun taking advantage of this. This time I'm on the upper deck, this happily in 2016 smoke free, compared with back in the 1960s.
Glasgow's coat of arms on the bus side.
ERL Fitzpayne was general manager from 1943 until 1969. He's mentioned in this article as 'a man of vision and radical ideas, not all of which were acceptable to his political masters'. The article has lots of fascinating information about Glasgow's buses and trolleybuses.
The museum has more than 50 trolleybuses in its collection, in a variety of states of preservation. It was great to be able to explore the storage sheds and find examples from all round the country! Peaking out is Bradford 746.
Three deep in places!
There is a cinema too, and I spent an hour, or more, watching footage of trolleybuses being driven around various cities.
The collection contains trolleybus examples from further afield. This is Aachen 22, from Germany. It was built in 1956. It has a Henschel 562E chassis, a Ludewig body and Siemens electrical equipment (as I learned!)
Also on the site is this wonderful post-war prefab. In my early teens I had a friend who stayed in a prefab in Fleurs Avenue in Glasgow. Back then I was completely naive about the deficiences of these buildings, I was just impressed he lived in a detached house!
Later in the day, when it was quieter, they insisted I sit in the cab of Glasgow TB78. Made my day! No, I wasn't driving it, except in my mind's eye. But what a great experience. Full marks, Sandtoft!
Photos © Skip Cottage