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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Input: "Bob Lennox" <>

Congratulations on your excellent and informative website declaring and describing the good news of 488's repatriation.

At Summerlee I organised the loading and transporting of Glasgow Coronation 1245 from Blackpool to Coatbridge. We split the decks, inspired by a similar operation to bring back Blackpool Standard 147 from the USA. As stated in one of your photo captions, the top deck is indeed a fragile shell as compared with the more robust lower deck.

Just for the record

The trolleybus seen in Picture P7, operated in Perpignan between 1952 until closure in 1968.

This VA3 #124 was purchased by AMTUIR in 1969.

Arrival at the Ffestiniog Railway of 488s lower deck from France

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Top deck of Glasgow tram 488 in France
Picture P7 - Please, I want to go home
Sure, but first the other trolleybuses hemming 488 in, had to be moved. It took exceptional skills to extract a very delicate
shell hampered with the weight of a bow collector.
Photograph from Frances Cui's collection

Top deck of Glasgow tram 488 in France
Image P8 - The escape route is being planned
The 747km escape route was organised by ALTEAD
and took place on 22nd April 2013.

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