For many Glaswegians, there were trams, love them or hate them, it’s just a part of everyday life in the city.
From terrifying clippings and the danger of getting your motorcycle wheel stuck in tram lines to car noise and grand coronation trams, these legendary transports live on in the memories of many of our readers.
Dean Harris, a former regular aide to the Times, is no exception.
“Glasgow trams have been a part of my life since I was born in 1931,” he says.
“I lived on the top floor of a house on Garskube Road. It was a main road, so noisy trams passed through the room in front of us every day.
“I went to Oak Bank Primary School and a policeman was on duty to protect us from the dangers of crossing the road.
“After school we played cross-country running between trams and the first to touch the shop window was the winner.”
Dean added: “Once, during one of these games, a boy slipped off the floor and went straight out the window. We accused him of cheating.”
Dean says there was a new ‘coronation’ tram, introduced in 1937, the year of the coronation of King George VI.
“They weren’t used to every route,” he says. “My first memory of being one was coming back from the Empire Exhibition in 1938. I was very impressed.
However, the old trams were more fun, especially if you were traveling with many young people in the area.
“Favorite seats were at the top of the stairs, especially the long-distance front to Malangawi, where we spent the day in the countryside, loaded with sandwiches and ‘ginger’ bottles.”
Dean was a cyclist, and recalls that tram lines on bikes are full of danger to glass vignettes.
“The problems were mainly at the junction, where many lines crossed,” he says.
Places like Brighton Cross or Round Toll where there can be six trams at a time. Try cycling on it during peak hours. I wonder how many cyclists have suffered the trauma of getting their wheels stuck in tram lines in some parts of the city? The one I remember was just below the Fourth and Fourth Canal bridges on Posel Road, just above the roundabout.
Many of us threw our bicycles away as we walked down the cobblestone road into the track. My wife, Marion, had the same experience when she was 14 years old.
One of Dean’s favorite memories is the Giles Glasgow Conductor.
“I recently returned home to Glasgow after a four-year evacuation from Canada during the war,” he says with a smile.
“I was 13, and I spoke in a Canadian accent. I got on the tram – it must have been the first time since I got home, and Kendricks shouted, ‘Rent’ as she walked down the aisle.”
“I asked a ‘three haypenny half, please’ and he looked at me. He asked me to repeat it, so I said again. The answer was ‘Which you speak bloody English?’ What kind of blade planet? ”
Assuming she didn’t understand the Canadian accent, I said, ‘Can I have a ticket for a penny and a half,’ who replied angrily, , Otherwise you will stop before this air cover. ”
Dean smiled: “So I got up and left because by that time, I was at my stop. I still think lovingly about it.”
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