Blantyre Trams 1903 – 1930

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Blantyre Trams 1903 – 1930

The Hamilton, Motherwell and Wishaw tramways Company line was opened on 22nd July 1903 and provided an excellent means of travel from Blantyre to Hamilton, Larkhall, Motherwell and Wishaw. Blantyre Trams 1903 - 1930
Tram Terminus 1903 The Western Terminus at Blantyre was situated 65 metres west of Stonefield Road at Livingstone Church. The first Tram inaugural run from Motherwell to Blantyre was on 6th October 1903.
The company extended the line in 1907 to create a new terminus at Dunallon Loop at the West End, Glasgow Road, where passengers wishing to continue to Glasgow disembarked and travelled into the City on trams belonging to the Glasgow Corporation Tram Company which terminated at Priory Bridge. 1st Day Blantyre Trams

The Hamilton, Motherwell and Wishaw Company constructed further lines within Lanarkshire to include within its network Newmains in 1909 and New Stevenson in 1911, making it possible to travel in a circular route around various districts of Glasgow and return to Blantyre via Newmains.

The Company later changed its name to the Lanarkshire Tramways Company but closed on 10th October, 1930 and the old ‘Shoogly Trams’ disappeared from the streets of Blantyre.

To give your children the experience of riding on an old shoogly tram, you can visit Summerlee in Coatbridge, and even be able to take them down a mine.

Source: Neil Gordon’s A TO Z Dictionary of Blantyre/

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