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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Restoration Activity in June 2017

Dateline: Saturday, 1st July 2017
After much effort, actually building the repair facility to achieve what the truck refurb will need, the truck arrives [sopping wet after being kept dry for the last 50 odd years] and work is now commencing.

At first it had to be fork lift assisted into my depot [on specially laid 'close' gauge track to accommodate the Glasgow gauge] just to get it back in the dry.

The next couple of days was just intense drying out, as it was wringing wet.

Then some preliminary 'quick' fixes, to get the truck pushable.

As one of the track mags was smashed in antiquity, stuck under the frame, and one of the brake shoes was broken in half, obstructing the wheel from turning!

So, finally, a picture of the truck being pushed by our 'shunter' car, for the first time in 56(?) years, on tram track.

Tram Controller


Ray Maidstone
488 Technical Consultant

Repair Facility Pictures

Work done, getting the jammed shoe fragment off the wheel tyre.

It's evident that these shoes are what the car would have been running on in its last week of service, of which one is complete, two have the top third broken off [by what amount of force?] and the fourth with just half!

These wouldn't have been broken in shipping because nothing would need to touch them.

The broken track mag mount however could easily have been damaged as they were not strapped up.

Lower Deck Storage

Lower deck of Glasgow Tram 488 stored at Minffordd

It was in June 2016 that the lower deck was moved into a recently completed shed at Minffordd, which is owned by the Ffestiniog Railway Society. The lower deck body is completely refurbished and awaits the fitting out of electrical equipment, not to mention reuniting it with its trucks and top deck!

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