GLASGOW SUBWAY

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Transport

Genres:

  • Documentary

Decade:

  • 1970s

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Title: GLASGOW SUBWAY

Reference number: 0421

Date: 1974

Director: d. John Macpherson

Production company: A-V Service, Glasgow and Strathclyde University

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 55.38 mins

Description: A look at the Glasgow Subway underground rail system prior to its closure for re-development.

See also ref. 2994.

Credits: narr. Bill Hamilton
academic advisor John Hume
academic advisor Peter Swinbank
cam. Jim Harold
sd. Colin McNab
ed. Patrick Higson

Acknowledgements to:
The Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive
The Mitchell Library
The People's palace The Glasgow Museum of Transport
James Howden & Co. Ltd.
The Scottish Society for the Preservation of Historical Machinery

Shotlist: Credits (.12); Wednesday 29 May 1974, Bridge Street Station. Passengers getting on trains, inside carriage, people give their opinion of the subway. Willie Hamilton Car Sheds Superintendent 1970 - 74 - monologue in answer to questions. Shots of old subway posters (2.44); Dramatic reconstruction of early days (3.53); Scotland Street Power House - inside. Old cable drive system explained and demonstrated. Old Photographs. Photographs of opening ceremony in 1897 (6.32); Ronald Cox, Director General of G.G.P.T.E. in interview (6.54); Railway staff on duty - passengers - shot of driver and inspector (10.17); Shots of crowded platform at Copland Road [later renamed Ibrox upon reopening in 1980] after football match (11.56); Driver recounts story of bank robbers from Govan Cross (13.10); Driver explains and demonstrates controls of train - phones station when breaks down in tunnel - the train following pushes the first one into the station. (22.39); Rolling stock maintenance and repair - carriage lifted, bogeys serviced (31.32); Various components serviced operation of unit switches demonstrated (33.34); Painting shop, battery charger (35.13); Willie Hamilton's retiral speech (36.00); Carriage replaced on line. Battery locomotive being lowered onto line for night repair work - repairs to lines. Squad of repairers pack ballast under lines - check lines, rail and power lines (47.50); Cleaning and hosing down stations (49.09); Drivers and staff arrive for work - Dalhousie Sub-station (51.23); Power lines and lighting (52.20); Willie Hamilton's retirement party (53.04) Andrew McKay, Director of Planning and Development , G.G.P.T.E. (Greater Glasgow Parks and Transport Executive) talking about decision to modernise the system (54.28); ecs (55.38)