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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Glasgow Museum of Transport

Glasgow Museum of Transport
Depicting the history of transport on road, rail and sea over the centuries, the museum houses steam locomotives, electric and horse drawn trams, buses and cars.

Pollokshields Heritage

Pollokshields Heritage
This web site has a collection of Glasgow tram pictures taken in Pollokshields which is an area on the south side of Glasgow.

Our hyperlink takes you directly to the relevant web page but the whole site is worthy of a surf through.

Glasgow's Last Tram

Glasgow's Last Tram Restoration Project
Modestly about the restoration of Glasgow Tram 1245, this web site is, May 2014, still very much in its infancy with many pages currently under construction.

There is, however, a parallel Facebook Page which has a lot more information, and pictures, of restoration work in progress on the tram at Summerlee Museum Workshops in Coatbridge. You have to subscribe to Facebook to view those pages.

1245's claim to fame is by virtue of being the last Glasgow tram to draw power from that system.

Summerlee Transport Group

The Summerlee Transport Group
This Group was formed in 1988, in order to support the maintenance and operation of a tramway at what was to become Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge, operated by the then Monklands District Council. The museum is set in 22 acres based around the site of the nineteenth century Summerlee Ironworks and has many attractions for all the family, including Scotland's only operational heritage tramway and recreated mine.

Heaton Park Tramway

Heaton Park Tramway
This is run by the Manchester Transport Museum Society. They currently have three operating electric trams running on a stretch of track dating back to the original Manchester Tramway which used to operate into the park. Since opening in 1980, they have extended the line three times and run across the park to the boating lake. Currently operating on Sundays over the winter season.

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum
The Museum's collection originated in the 1920s, when the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motor bus. Currently located in Covent Garden, the museum has extended considerably since that date to be more of an educational site and now has on display examples of buses, trams, trolleybuses and rail vehicles as well as artefacts and exhibits related to the operation and marketing of London's public transport system.

Over at Acton larger exhibits are to be found plus storing over 370,000 objects. Attractions include rare road and rail vehicles, the famous poster and artwork stores, bus and rail sheds, signs, ceramic tiles, ephemera and ticket machines.

Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society

The Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society
This is one of Britain's best known transport restoration groups, having originally been established back in 1960 by students from Liverpool University, who wanted to save one of the city's famous Green Goddesses then operating in Glasgow. Since then the society has expanded to include people from all walks of life and gone on to resurrect more than half a dozen tramcars from derelict hulks.

Today, these historic vehicles operate on the mile long Wirral Heritage Tramway and perform a unique educational and recreational function for all to enjoy a nostalgic journey back in time for a modest fare.

Glasgow Subway

Glasgow Subway
The Glasgow Subway is an underground metro line in Glasgow. Opened on 14 December 1896, it is the third-oldest underground metro system in the world after the London Underground and the Budapest Metro.

The service is the easiest way to get around the City Centre and the West End of Glasgow.

Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
This Tramway originated at the Lancaster Electrical Company in Barnet, North London, which built battery electric vehicles such as milk floats. It's owner, Claude Lane, had a passion for trams and the factory helped realise his long held ambition of constructing a 15" gauge tram. The popularity of rides on this tram at local fetes lead to a lease of a permanent site at Eastbourne and Modern Electric Tramways Ltd was born. The 2/3 mile line operated for 7 years before being forced to re-located but fortunately the recently closed BR branch line to Seaton was just the ticket to recreate the tramway again.

Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum
This working museum is situated in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside and is a world famous museum telling the story of the people of North East England during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods.

Attractions include a typical North Eastern market town c1905 with Working Tramway, an Edwardian Railway Station, Colliery Railway, Pit Village, Stately Home and Farm plus rail travel 1800s style on the Pockerley Waggonway!

Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village
This working museum of tramcars is set in the picturesque heart of Derbyshire and promises a great day out for all the family. Trams depart regularly from town end, calling at various stops along the mile long track, finishing at Glory Mine for stunning views of the Derwent valley. Usually two, or more trams, running each day. Many other attractions and static exhibits to see.

Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust

Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust
The primary aims of the Trust are to promote the restoration, preservation and use of historic passenger carrying and commercial vehicles, and to advance education for public benefit by the provision of a working museum for the display of such vehicles.

Trams Today [on Facebook]

Trams Today [on Facebook]
News and features on tramways at home and abroad, brought to you first on Trams Today. The site exists to bring you all the latest tramway news as well as regular features, both historical and current.

Transport Trust

Transport Trust
The trust is the only national charity established to promote and encourage the preservation and restoration of Britain's unique transport heritage in all its forms - by air, land [road and rail] and water [sea and inland].

Britain's place in the history and development of transport is demonstrably second to none. It is an achievement of which the Trust, and the nation, are justifiably proud. Consider how this country's growth and prosperity has been inextricably linked with the movement of people and cargo. And stop to think about what will be needed in the future to preserve our truly remarkable heritage.

Tramway Information

Tramway Information
This site covers both tramways and model trams. It has the latest details of the Festival of Model Tramways, the premier model tramway exhibition, pages on the Tramway & Light Railway Society and masses of other useful data and articles on tramways and model trams. There is a section of live webcams that can show trams, a monthly tramway postcard feature and many photos of old and new trams and London trolleybuses. There is also the definitive history of the compressed air tram.

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How about mentioning that the restoration costs of 488 attracts VAT? That's £100,000 coming out of the bequest which has already attracted death duties.

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