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While her crew are in conversation with an inspector, Glasgow TB107, FYS868, a BUT9613T with Crossley H37/34R bodywork, basks in the sun at Clarkston terminus prior to a journey to Queen's Cross. The trolleybus was delivered on 25 October 1958 and entered service on 3 November of that year. TB107 survived until the 27 May 1967.
The order for these archetypal Glasgow trolleys had been placed with Park Royal but the bodies were actually built by Crossley, TB123 being the last trolleybus bodied by Crossley before the closure of their works in 1958. It was delivered to the city on 4 December 1958 and was one of the last three to enter service on 1 January 1959; fittingly, it was also the last trolleybus to run in Glasgow when, after a working life of barely eight years, it made the journey from Hampden Garage to Gorbals Cross on the morning after the final closure.
Clarkston, outside the city boundary in leafy Renfrewshire, was the southernmost point on the system and service 105, which had been introduced on 5 July 1953 (replacing, in part, tram service 13) was the final service to be abandoned. Queen's Cross, terminus, among the tenements of Firhill, was to the north-west of the city close to both Firhill Park, home of the mighty Partick Thistle, and Queen's Cross Church, the only Church in the world with architecture by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Service 105, which survived services 107 and 108 by almost three months, was replaced by motorbus service 66 and so, after a mere 18 years, a system which had, at its zenith in 1959, been third in the UK in terms of vehicles operated, behind only London and Belfast, bowed out as it had always operated - quietly and with very little fuss.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, c.1966, Mearns Road, Clarkston
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