100 years of Glasgow Corporation motor buses

100 years of Glasgow Corporation motor buses

Bus 111 from 1928 will be the oldest to participate in the parade. 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 motor buses 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 huge 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 celebrations will take place on Saturday 3 August, when the Trust plans a cavalcade of Glasgow buses through the years, from the earliest days to the 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 be displayed in the forecourt.

The parade will feature as many vintage Glasgow buses as can be assembled for the day, including bus 111, Glasgow’s oldest surviving bus, dating back to 1928. It will lead the parade with other vehicles following in date order. The GVVT says it expects representatives from First Glasgow’s current fleet to bring up the rear.

The cavalcade is scheduled to assemble at Glasgow Green, near the People’s Palace, at 10.30am and depart at 11am, travelling via Glasgow Cross, George Square, St Vincent Street and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, arriving at the Riverside Museum at 11.45am.

The HGD 903L was new to Glasgow Corporation in June 1973. GVVT
The buses will be on display at the Riverside Museum starting at 11:45 a.m. GVVT