Glasgow Subway visit 3.10.21 and 8.10.21

October 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

101 at Buchanan Street101 at Buchanan StreetWearing heritage Glasgow District Subway Maroon and Cream livery and temporarily renumbered 55, Metro Cammell driving car 101 is seen in the centre of a 3 car formation on an Inner Circle service on diagram 14 2.10.21 The Glasgow Subway is the third oldest underground Metro railway system in the world, behind London and Budapest.   Opening in 1896, the Subway was first cable hauled before switching to electric traction from 1935, using the original rolling stock.  Following a major refurbishment from 1977-1980, the current configuration of stations and the current Metro Cammell power cars entered service.

Today's system consists of the inner circle and outer circle serving 15 stations over their 6 1/2 mile route and it is possible to travel around a complete loop of the system in 25 minutes.  The stations are a mix of the more traditional narrow island platforms at most stations (Kelvinhall, Kelvinbridge, St Georges Cross, Cowcaddens, Bridge Street, West Street, Shields Road, Kinning Park and Cessnock), with the busier stations of Buchanan St, Ibrox and Hillhead having a combination of side platform and centre platform while St Enoch, Govan and Partick have a pair of side platforms to ease congestion.

The service levels vary from every 4 minutes at peak times (6 trains per circle), every 6 minutes (4/5 trains per circle) or every 8 minutes (3 trains per circle).

The services are operated by trains of the unique 4ft gauge 1978 built Metro Cammell power cars and 1992 Hunslet built trailer cars.   The cars are usually run in three car formation, although 2 car is also possible if short of stock. Formations are usually as follows:

  • Power Car / Trailer / Power Car
  • Power Car / Power Car (acting as trailer) / Power Car
  • Power Car / Power Car

There are currently 32 Power Cars in service and 8 trailers, mostly in SPT Orange, Grey and White livery, however there are 2 special liveries, these being on Number 101, which carries a retro Glasgow District Subway Maroon and Cream livery and 130, which carries a special grey livery to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Subway in 2016.   The only car you won't see is 122 as it was scrapped in 2017 to provide spare parts to keep the others in service.  

112 at Cowcaddens112 at CowcaddensSPT Orange and Grey liveried Metro Cammell car 112 arrives at Cowcaddens in a 3 car formation on Route 4 of the Outer Circle 2.10.21 With the introduction to service of 17 new Stadler trains expected during 2022, it is a case of catch the Metro Cammell and Barclay cars while you can. 

Having recently started reading the excellent 'Circles under the Clyde' book, which gives a fascinating history, particularly of the original pre 1977 system and the rolling stock, I was inspired to visit for the first time since 2014 and take photos of the system for the first time!

On both occasions the 6 minute service was in operation using 4 trains per circle, though on my second trip, this was ramping up towards the 4 minute service with 6 trains per circle.  As well as having a ride round both the Outer and Inner circles, I stopped off at various stations including St Enoch, Buchanan Street, Govan, Bridge Street and Cowcaddens to take photographs.   I would recommend a visit to this small, clean and well kept system.

I have added a fleet list below, which has details of the current Metro Cammell and Hunslet vehicles. Any of the vehicles that I have photographed, I have linked them to the relevant number on the fleet list below:

Number Vehicle Type Built by Entered Service Current Livery Status Notes
101 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 Retro Glasgow District Subway Company Maroon and Cream livery  In Service  
102 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
103 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service First vehicle to be delivered to upgraded Subway and first to run under it's own power.
104 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
105 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
106 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
107 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
108 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
109 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
110 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
111 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
112 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
113 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
114 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
115 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
116 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
117 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
118 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 Scottish Power / COP 26 advert In Service  
119 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
120 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
121 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
122 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 N/A Scrapped Withdrawn 2015 and scrapped circa 2017 to provide spare parts for other vehicles
123 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
124 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
125 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 Scottish Power / COP 26 advert In Service  
126 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
127 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
128 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
129 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
130 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 Glasgow Subway 1896-2016 120 years  All over Grey livery with orange doors In Service  
131 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
132 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service Used for the Inaugaration of the new system by the Queen 1.11.79
133 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service Used for the Inaugaration of the new system by the Queen 1.11.79
201 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 Scottish Power / COP 26 advert In Service  
202 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
203 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
204 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
205 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
206 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
207 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
208 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  

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