Rosendale Bus Stop
Rosendale Bus Stop
Another bite sized chunk of Blantyre History
My fasincation with Blantyre is that is where my Dad and his family were and as a wee girl in 1949 I visited there and God willing, I will visit there again in 2007. It is great to get so many answers, like my question about Clackity/clickety bits on the boots of miners, we got lots of wonderful memories from other folks lives. That is what is so wonderful about TS.
Do you want to talk about Blantyre Streets.
Across the Street where your Dad lived, (Baird’s Raws) there was a BUS STOP!
It was right on pavement next to Rosendale Place. This is where the miners got on the bus to go to the various villages around Blantyre after they came out of the Greyhound Track, which was next to Bairds Rows.
Most of the time the miners always walked ther dogs home or if it was convenient they jumped on the bus with their dogs. The rules of the bus line at that time was only 2 greyhounds were allowed to travel on the bus at any given time.
I had an aunt who was a bus conductress on this line, and one afternoon after the racing had finished her bus drew up to this particular bus stop and a miner tried to get on the bus with two dogs.
HEY!! NO WAY only two dogs on the bus at anytime she shouts at the miner, we have already got one dog upstairs (double decker bus) and thats all that is allowed.
‘Oh’ please let me on its starting to rain, No way I could get fired if I let you on with those two dogs.
Auh well you know what you can do with your bus, Stick it up your a—, and as quick as one of his greyhounds she replies, Aye, and had you done that with one of your greyhounds I would have let you on the bus.
Some of these bus conductress’s were a right scream.
The bus company at that time was called the Scottish Motor Transportation Co, I do believe it had been Nationalized just shortly after the war, when the Labour Government got in to power.
Hope you enjoyed your history lesson.
Continuing the conversation between Thomas Dunsmuir Hartman in Chicago, formerly Logan Street, (known as TDH or Drapadew) and Margaret in Queensland Australia on TalkingScot.
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