The Glasgow Subway opened on 14th December 1896 and is the third-oldest underground system in the world after the London Underground and the Budapest Metro. In 1977, I phoned the then GGPTE (Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive) for permission to photograph the subway before closure for much needed modernisation.

 

The nice lady I spoke to had clearly been inundated with such requests from amateurs like me but agreed and sent me a pass, although after visiting only a few stations, the pass wasn’t needed - the subway grapevine, as efficient as any social media today, had spread the word of who I was! 

My pre-modernisation colour photographs were shot on Ektachrome and Kodachrome and have now been digitised and restored as have the post-modernisation black and white photographs from the original Tri-X negatives.

 

I found Subway People to be a friendly, helpful and enthusiastic bunch and I would like to (very, very belatedly) thank them all for their assistance.

 

Stuart Neville

A Glasgow Subway Album

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