The Crich workshop is currently resembling a mini-Coplawhill, the legendary works of the extensive Glasgow Coroporation tramway system. As the Museum gears up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closure of Glasgow’s tramway, work is well in hand to prepare two Scottish trams for the event following a prolonged absence from the main line.
Paisley 68 has been a resident of the workshop for the past few months, where it is being repainted into its later guise as Glasgow 1068. In the past week this has made good progress with the first traces of blue paint being applied to its upper deck decency panels. The Glasgow system was famous for using different colours to differentiate between routes, and Crich currently shows a wide range of these, with 22 showing the white route colour, 812 representing the yellow cars and 1115 featuring red paint on the between-deck panelling. However, even though both 22 and 812 were originally blue route cars, no Glasgow tram has ever carried this livery variation at Crich before and so 1068 will recreate another piece of the city’s transport heritage on completion of this work.
Adding to the excitement is the appearance of Glasgow ‘Coronation’ 1282 in the workshop where it is being commissioned for limited operation. As 1282 was the actual last tram to run on the Glasgow system, its return to action, albeit for just a few days, is highly appropraite and will ensure that it should rightly be the star of the show. It is not yet known what role 1282 will play in the ‘Glasgow 50′ event, and it has been suggested that it may run without passengers. Hopefully the opportunity will be taken to allow visitors to ride on the car – perhaps for a special ’last tram’ re-enactment run with enthusiasts charged a modest fee for this privilidge? The chance to ride on this popular tram, which has not run since 2003, would surely prove popular with enthusiasts and could be the final triumph in what has been an excellent year for tram events at Crich.
Whatever may happen with Glasgow 1282, the efforts being made to make this event a success must be praised, along with the financial support of the Scottish Tramway & Transport Society who have made it possible. Don’t forget that the combined Glasgow celebration and enthusiast’s event takes place on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September – hopefully we might see you there!