100 years of Glasgow Corporation motorbuses

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Bus 111 from 1928 will be the oldest taking part in the cavalcade. GVVT

A special vintage vehicle parade is being planned by the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust, reports Jonathan Welch

The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust (GVVT) is celebrating the centenary of the introduction of motorbuses by Glasgow Corporation Transport in 1924 with a special parade through the streets of Glasgow.

Buses were initially introduced to provide feeder services to the city’s massive tram network. The first route ran from Greendyke Street to Maryhill, starting on Monday 8 December 1924, and in its first week over 46,000 passengers were carried. The first buses were based at Parkhead tram depot in the east end.


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The main event of the GVVT’s celebrations will take place on Saturday 3 August, when the Trust plans a cavalcade of Glasgow buses through the years, from earliest days to present day, starting from Glasgow Green and passing through the city centre and west end before finishing at the city’s iverside Museum where the vehicles will go on display on the forecourt.

The parade will feature as many former Glasgow buses as can be mustered for the day, including bus 111, the oldest surviving Glasgow bus, dating from 1928. It will lead the parade with other vehicles then following in date order. The GVVT says it is hoping that representatives of today’s First Glasgow’s fleet will bring up the rear.

It is planned for the cavalcade to assemble at Glasgow Green, near the People’s Palace, at 1030hrs and depart at 1100hrs, travelling via Glasgow Cross, George Square, St Vincent Street, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, arriving at the Riverside Museum at 1145hrs.

HGD 903L was new to Glasgow Corporation in June 1973. GVVT
Buses will be on display at the Riverside Museum from 1145hrs. GVVT