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ken stor from dundee. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
as a kid going to school on a bus in dundee in the 60s, going upstairs you knew what an arbroath smokey must have felt like. within seconds your eyes were streaming, your throat was choked and you couldnt stop coughing. thing was, the bus was full of school kids. even the driver and conductor were smoking.

visit Aberdeen 1953
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Ingeborg H. Solbrig from USA. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
treasure my memories of the most wonderful experience visiting with friends during April of that year. Husband: kiltmaker; wife: originally from Essex. Names: BEtty and Robert Donald. Unfortunately, they are gone now. I am about to visit England and Scotland this month - have made all the arrangements already. Sorry those friends passed away. They had three sons.
Best wishes to them wherever they are.

Loganair in Orkney
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Ron Young from Whitwell, Derbyshire. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
I've only flown with Loganair on an inter-island flight once. It was in the early 1970's when I was up on holiday in Orkney and wanted to visit Westray for the day to see Notland Castle so I booked a return ticket.

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Cameron from Toowoomba, Australia. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
I remember when tro;;ey buses started in Glasgow my dad was the first driver. He shifted from trams to trolley buses

Life as a Clippie
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Mrs Margaret Hay from Bucksburn, Aberdeen. Posted 10 May 2006.
In 1958 I was lucky enough to be employed with the Alexander Bus Company, a well-known family-owned local firm. I am reminiscing about the happy times I had on the buses working my ‘way up the sheets’ and through the various rotas and shifts set up for the many young girls employed by the bus company. There were male conductors but only in the summer. On my journeys out to the country it was not uncommon to be snowed in during the depths of winter. In the bus was carried a bag of sand and a shovel.

The Baths
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Martha Murdoch Jones from Victoria, Canada. Posted 10 May 2006.
Going to the Portobello Baths where they had artificial waves before 1939 War...I believe it became a place for a Big Gun. Great fun!

Water Transport
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Bob Garven from Perth. Posted 10 Apr 2006.
Living in Govan in the early 1930's was a paradise for any youngster with an interest in boats, ships or any kind of water transport.
From our vantage point in the swing park next to Govan Pier we could, between "shots" on the swings and roundabouts, watch a constant stream of vessels of all kinds on the River Clyde.
Anchor Line ships on their way to New York or Donaldson Atlantic going to Canada. City Line heading further afield and the Ben Line going where? I cant remember! Then there were the tugs with names like Flying Swallow and Flying Chieftain bustling up and down from/to the docks to TAIL O' the Bank.
Then there were the pleasure steamers to places " doon the watter" and the Burns Laird Line to Ireland. In the few quiet spells we could always watch the CNT ferries taking the opportunity to scuttle back and forth from Govan to the Partick side. From our viewpoint we could see no less than three ferry crossings with another two just out of sight.

School Cruises
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Margaret Lyall from Livingston (ex Markinch). Posted 13 Dec 2005.
I was on the Devonia in 1962 to Corunna, Lisbon and Vigo. The seasickness sufferers suffered becasue they believed that the Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay were always rough and everyone would be sick! Although it has to be said that one of our party really did suffer from seasickness. We were enamoured with the Merchant Cadets on board - I think they were there to provide us with "eye candy" (not that it was called that in our day.)

My First set of Wheels!
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Ed Thomson from Glamis, Angus. Posted 26 Apr 2005.
I left School in April 1944 to start work as an Apprentice with the SMT at 39 Fountainbridge.I soon got into the swing of motor engineering and it was great to work with the guys who came back from the Military to hear how they repaired vehicles under combat conditions.

those where the days
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Rose McLeman from Florida. Posted 26 Apr 2005.
I grew up in Kelso St Yoker it was great a lot of happy memories playing rounders peever jumping the burn at archerhill park wish we could go back and relive it it was great also going to the Lacarno, dalmuir masonic. dumbarton burgh sunday night cafe in partick boy those where the days would'nt trade those days now I'm 63yrs young enjoy my wee grandson what a blessing boy is life good thanks for the memories.
Rose nee Hart

Big School Trip
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Iain from London, Canada. Posted 5 Apr 2005.
I have some fond memories of our Primary 6/7 school trip to London in the spring of 1961 (I think). I woulda been 10 or 11 at the time, and the kids from Forfar North were pretty much beside ourselves wi' excitement by the time we waved goodbye to our parents.

Public Transport
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Gordon Stuart from Edinburgh. Posted 5 Apr 2005.
Our system of Public Transport here in Edinburgh is the best in the world. lived and worked in most of the UK and abroad, including Africa and the Orient, so, why oh why do we run our great system down!

The Fifies
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Anne from Glasgow. Posted 1 Feb 2005.
Until the Tay Road Bridge was built in the '60s, the "Fifies" were the best way of crossing the river. As a child I lived in Victoria Road, Dundee, in a top floor tenement flat whose kitchen offered a panoramic view.

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John MacKenzie from Lairg. Posted 17 Jan 2005.
We lived in Arden Crescent in Thornliebank in Coronation Year (1953) and there was a bonfire, and glass Coronation mugs full of sweeties for the kids. The number 14 tram which ran from Glasgow University to Barrhead sometimes used to terminate at Thornliebank, and I used to love pushing the seats to face the other way as I got off. Then I'd stand and watch the 'clippie' or the driver pull the pantograph so that it too was turned to face the other way on the wires, then they would roll the destination blind round to show the next run.
I seem to remember that the stretch from Thornliebank to Barrhead was the longest stretch of private tram track in Europe. It was about then that SSHA started the Arden Scheme, which was an early example of the 'Shuttered and poured' building method.

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john pentland from kirkcaldy fife. Posted 17 Jan 2005.
used to wait at tram stop asked passengers for tram ticket joined them together to make an accordian

school cruise
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kate docherty from glasgow. Posted 14 Dec 2004.
What were we like, eh? Going on our annual boat trip to Millport. We were about 8 years old. The ferry was huge. When we arrived, we got the local bus to take us to where the action was. We had a great time hiring bikes playing in the water etc. All a kid wanted was sea and
sand - we had it all that day.

B-17 forced landing at Brenish,Isle of Lewis 1943
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Dave Earl from Manchester.UK. Posted 29 Oct 2004.
I am an aviation historian researching flying accidents on and around the Scottish Isles. Can anyone recall a YB-40 (B-17)Flying Fortress bomber on a ferry flight from Goose Bay, Newfoundland, force landing at Brenish on the west coast of Lewis on 7th May 1943. All the American crew were OK and a concrete road was built to recover the plane.
Any recollections and/or photos would be very much appreciated.
David W.Earl, 25 Hanover Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire.SK15 1LR.England.

Dundee Trams
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Joe Fitzpatrick. Posted 8 Oct 2004.
In the early 50's, I well remember riding the trams in Lochee, Dundee. My cousins and I would race up the spiral staircase to the top of the tram, to try to get the front seats! Wonderful, nostalgic memories!!!

Auld Trams
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Steven Hamer from Brisbane, QLD. Posted 31 Aug 2004.
I'm too young to remember the Glasgow trams (only just) but I do remember the Yellow/Green half and half colour of the corpie buses, they were around till the late 70's, when they were replaced with the bright Orange ones, must have moved from a Glasgow District Council full of Celtic fans to one full of the other side (Only in Glasgow). Ah, the nostalgia!

Round Bute Coach Tours
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Alex.O'Brien from Bearsden,East Dunbartonshire,Scotland. Posted 23 Jul 2004.
In the 50s and 60s Rothesay was the dream place for us city kids.Freedom to explore and enjoy the magic of the comings and goings of the steamers at the pier.A highlight has to be the trip round Bute with my sister and cousins and my grandmother.
The coaches had a magical air to them.A unique experience, with a stop at Kingarth for refreshments.Lemonade for us,tea for Granny.Then back to Rothesay with commentary from the driver.Back in time to meet mums and dads fresh from the Black Bull,then a chippy from Zavaroni before the bus to our holiday home in Ballochgoy.It doesnt come much better.Im 53 now and it seems like,well, if you've ever been doon the watter you know what I mean.
Regards to all Alex.

Aberdeen trams
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Flora from Poughkeepsie, New York. Posted 1 Jul 2004.
Around 1954 my father took me on a Saturday excursion which consisted of riding the same tram from the Bridge of Don to the Bridge of Dee and back again. At the terminus we moved the seat back if needed to stay facing the direction of travel.

Baking in the train
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Malcolm Murgatroyd from Glasgow. Posted 6 May 2004.
during a heat wave in the summer of 88 i was returning from a trip to paris on the east coast train from london to edinburgh. it was so hot that the rails had expanded and speeds were restricted to 80 mph. the air conditioning on the train was broken. while it was moving some hot air at least blew through the open windows. there were so many people on the train that all the corridors and spaces between the carriages were full, some folk standing, some sitting on the floor. the train stopped outside peterborough and sat roasting for two hours in the hot mid-afternoon sun. the buffet car ran out of soft beverages, including water. it was so hot that women were sitting in their bras. in first class, there was lots of space and the air conditioning worked fine. they sipped chilled bottles of perrier and champagne. thatcher was still in power and i hated her.

School Cruise
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Brian Alexander from Edinburgh. Posted 4 May 2004.
We sailed from Grangemouth on 1st June 1966 aboard the cruise ship Dunera. About 20 from our school along with around 500 kids from other schools in the Lothians. First stop was Cherbourg, then on to Lisbon and finaly Amsterdam before returning to Grangemouth three weeks later. The first time I, and no doubt most of the other kids had been abroad, and away from home for so long. The trips, common in the '60's, were called 'Educational Cruises'. Three ships were used, the Dunera, Devonia and Nevassa, beloning to the British India Line. I had a great time, despite almost breaking an ankle, and have so many memories of the trip [including my first experiance of seasickness]. The fact that we returned home safe and sound was a tribute to our long suffering teachers, would kids today be allowed to wander through foreign cities unsupervised? Does anyone else remember 'The School Cruise'?

Ferry trips
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Virginia Farrelly from Dalry. Posted 5 Apr 2004.
I was about 5 the first time our family went on the ferry. To save money my dad decided to book two bunks - for him, my mother, my brother and i. We didn't get much sleep that night. Both me and brother could not sit down cos we were so excited at the views from the ship and being on a ferry. My dad was in the Merchant Navy and he kept talking about what good sea legs he had. Even he didn't have very good sea legs when we failed to sleep and my brother was sick everywhere in the tiny cabin. I thought that our cabin would have portholes in it like in the films, and was very disappointed when we had none at all to see out of.

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