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Around the Glasgow Tramway System
With Peter Mitchell
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By Hugh McAulay & Charlie Loaridge Published by Adam Gordon 2022

On Tuesday 4 September 1962 an estimated quarter of a million people turned out on the streets of Glasgow, in pouring rain, to bid a fond farewell to a form of transport that had been seen in the city since 1872, when horse-drawn trams started to ply their trade. On 13 October 1898 the first electric routes opened, with some of the early electric trams remaining in service for over sixty years.

All the photographs in this book were taken by Londoner Peter Mitchell who visited Glasgow on ten occasions between 1951 and 1962, during which time he took more than a thousand images of the city?s trams - all are either to half- or full-page format which allows readers to study the trams and the background in which they worked in great detail.

The book portrays the city streets of Glasgow, its suburbs and the routes beyond its boundary. Standard, Coronation and Cunarder trams are shown to good effect with each picture having the date and time it was taken. The post-closure procession of twenty cars from Dalmarnock depot to Coplawhill Works is shown, and an animated dialogue of a tramway enthusiast driving tram 488 many miles around the city on 3 June 1961 is compelling reading. Also included is a unique photographic record of tram 1282 taking part in a special run from Dalmarnock to Clydebank and return on Thursday 6 September 1962.

A loose-leaf track map drawn by master cartographer John Gillham is included, and this allows the reader to follow each route as the authors describe them.

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