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Started by ReverendBlueJeans on Nov 5, 2021 10:13:04 AM
Do you know where the Glasgow Subway begins and ends?

What? Daft question, surely? It's just a tiny wee circle with a handful of stations.

No it isn't. Not entirely...

HerrWalrus - 05 Nov 2021 10:26:56 (#17 of 91)

Used to love Glasgow Central Station when I was last there. I see Queen Street has had a face-lift- is it better now?

FrankieTeardrop - 05 Nov 2021 10:27:21 (#18 of 91)

"Subway" sounds like a very American term for an underground train

Electro2 - 05 Nov 2021 10:28:42 (#19 of 91)

Take the tube to town.

ReverendBlueJeans - 05 Nov 2021 10:29:48 (#20 of 91)

Used to love Glasgow Central Station when I was last there. I see Queen Street has had a face-lift- is it better now?

It's bright and more spacious but only has the one catering outlet currently and no shops because Covid. Hence even spaciouser.

"Subway" sounds like a very American term for an underground train

No it doesn't.

FrankieTeardrop - 05 Nov 2021 10:33:28 (#21 of 91)

hailesaladdie - 05 Nov 2021 10:41:36 (#22 of 91)

The New York Subway is only called that because it smells of bins.

hailesaladdie - 05 Nov 2021 10:42:36 (#23 of 91)

When was the Glasgow Underground officially renamed the Subway, anyway? Was it 90s?

Ah, Wikipedia says 2003.

Tomnoddy - 05 Nov 2021 10:44:51 (#24 of 91)

The Glasgow subway predates the NY subway by 8 years.

ReverendBlueJeans - 05 Nov 2021 10:45:26 (#25 of 91)

But it was only 'Underground' after being rebranded from 'Subway' in the 20s or 30s.

Tomnoddy - 05 Nov 2021 10:45:33 (#26 of 91)

Everyone called it the subway, though, as long as I've ever known.

goldfinch - 05 Nov 2021 10:47:07 (#27 of 91)

It's the clockwork orange.

Tomnoddy - 05 Nov 2021 10:48:06 (#28 of 91)

My beloved Uncle Murdie took my brother and me on the subway often when we visited from our benighted home city of Edinburgh. And the trams and trolley buses too.

ReverendBlueJeans - 05 Nov 2021 10:48:28 (#29 of 91)

Anyway, here's where it ends; the trains used to be hoisted vertically in and out of the tunnels for maintenance but in the 70s a branch was built to the surface depot.

Tomnoddy - 05 Nov 2021 10:51:46 (#30 of 91)

Shame, it used to be used as the original prototype for model railways, lifting the trains bodily off the track.

ReverendBlueJeans - 07 Nov 2021 11:42:04 (#31 of 91)

TommyDGNR8 - 07 Nov 2021 11:59:42 (#32 of 91)

It's the clockwork orange.

One thing it definitely isn't is the clockwork orange - that's a media-invented term which has never been used by any Glaswegian.

ReverendBlueJeans - 07 Nov 2021 13:29:39 (#33 of 91)


quattrobhoy - 08 Nov 2021 09:16:42 (#34 of 91)

Clockwork Orange was media invented in the late 70s when the new - orange painted metal - rolling stock was unveiled during the major refurbishment. The only Glaswegians who might have used the term would have been those in the media who had to attempt to convey the term to everyone else, who ignored it.

I missed the original wooden carriages, with their scissor gates, which were so old that they had been upgraded from cable to electric drive, and which flexed visibly as you travelled, as well as the distinctive odour. Is there not still an example in the Museum of Transport Riverside Museum?

ReverendBlueJeans - 08 Nov 2021 10:06:08 (#35 of 91)

Yup. Used to be part of one on display in Buchanan Street Station too but I think that's gone.

TommyDGNR8 - 09 Nov 2021 15:59:16 (#36 of 91)

Classic Weegie humour alert -

When they reopened after the refurb, my mum took me in to town to have a go. "I want to take the wee man for a run," she said to ticket bloke, "what do you suggest?"

"A perr ah gutties, hen," came the reply.

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