Window to the Past: Harriet St 1950s

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Looking through pictures is a fascinating pasttime and extra special to have a living link to something or someone in the picture as this East Ren heritage archivist has — his father-in-law is driving the tram.

Wellmeadow Road is behind the tram heading for Crossstobs beyond Barrhead.

The number 14 service may have been the one that, in the 1930s, was briefly the longest tram route in Britain. 
Running between Renfrew Ferry via Barrhead, Paisley and the city centre, it covered 22 miles.

It was a novel arrangement probably set up to gain the ‘longest’ title, but operating difficulties and the war looming meant it didn’t last long.

A favourite grandparent took the archivist on it for the full distance, the round trip, taking four hours for a fare of tuppence ha’penny (1p) each way.

Image courtesy of Pollokshaws Heritage Group, holding weekly meetings on Mondays at 1pm in the parish hall — all welcome along.