Ok folks, after much frenzied scanning for yesterday's "sad bus enthusiast" thread over in the Coffee Lounge, I thought I'd keep the kettle boiling, so to speak, and get round to the other pics I've been meaning to scan.
Like my previous postings, I'm afraid these are all the work of another that I'm scanning, but I only do so in the hope that at least a few of you go out and buy the book they're taken from. It's probably a bit of a minority interest subject, this, but I know at least a couple of you will enjoy these!
The pics here are all taken from a fairly new book I stumbled on a month or so ago called Glasgow Subway Album, by a chap called George Watson, and published by Adam Gordon, who also published The Twilight Years of the Glasgow Tram, which I shamelessly "borrowed" from for the pre-1980 colour thread.
George was lucky enough to be working for the Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive during the last years of the old underground, and he documented it in photos in the run up to its closure in May 1977 - although it actually closed a few days earlier than planned due to the general rundown nature of the system! He also captured a few interesting scenes during modernisation, although he was to leave his job before the system reopened - was that 1980 as I recall?
Anyways, for anyone interested, there were plenty of these in Waterstones in Sauchiehall St - in the corner on your left as you face the stairs and lift in the ground floor. If you want to save 50p off the cover price of £10, then I also spotted some in the Bargain Books opposite Ann Summers further down the road. Although it probably wouldn't do your image much good to be hanging around outside lingerie shops with transport history books...
Anyways, on with the pics, and the first lot are interiors....
St Enoch - seems even the busier stations had only a single island platform then, with the stairs rising up and splitting into two...
...as can be seen in this elevated view from the same position.
Partick Cross Station - now, of course, Kelvin Hall. Being the last few months of service, very few ads are still on display. And for all the modernisation they did to the station itself in 1980, that little alley leading up to it is still dingy as hell!
Merkland St Station - the only station not retained in the modernisation, it was instead moved further west and integrated with Partick railway station. Apparently the cavern of the old station still exists - can't say I've ever noticed it on my many underground trips, anyone else??
The ticket office of Merkland Street station.
Hillhead - decidedly less talent on view here than there usually is these days. Oops, did I just type that out loud...?
Copland Rd Station - now, of course, Ibrox. It looks to me from many of these photos that a lot of the stations were lit by natural light from above - if that's so, it's a shame they covered them all. Note the staff, who appear fairly cheery and less liable to strike at the drop of a hat than today's equivalent...
Cessnock Station - and again, natural light looks to be present in this long passageway - I'm sure from my last trip there that it's totally covered now.
Buchanan Street - looking both quieter and a lot smaller than the current one!