Tram jam! (Print 1938 TRAM CRASH BOTANIC GARDENS)
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IN THE aftermath of this crash between a tram and a bus at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, the man in the front of the picture doesn’t look too pleased to see a photographer. Perhaps he was the driver – fearing a dressing down at the depot. The cause of the crash isn’t clear, but the passengers of the number 3 bus probably didn’t manage to get to their destination in time given the battering that their top deck suffered.
Taken in September 1938, the picture captures a time when trams were a common sight running up and down Great Western Road. During this time the Botanic Gardens had its own railway station, part of an underground line that included a station at Kelvinbridge (near where the subway now stands). Known as the Glasgow Central Railway, it ran north from Stobcross and continued west beneath the Botanic Gardens on its way to Maryhill. The Botanic station closed in 1939, and the ticket building was later occupied by a shop, cafe and nightclub before it burned down in 1970.
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