1245 - Glasgows Last Tram
Welcome to the Glasgow’s Last Tram Group website, the website will provide you with a personal insight into the restoration work being carried out on this stunning 80 year old art deco Coronation tram 1245 at the main workshop in Summerlee Museum. Coatbridge.
Glasgow’s Last Tram Group (SC048829) is a registered Scottish charity set up to restore and provide volunteer resources with the technical expertise required to complete this restoration project. The group have done so for the last 8 years, however material costs for this complex restoration are the main requirement to allow the group to continue with the tram restoration to its completion.
Limited funding was provided by the local NL council and other local charities involved in the advancement of education surrounding the national and local social history of trams and their valuable social and industrial contribution to our communities in the past.
We would be grateful if you could assist us continue with this project by making a donation either to the museum reception or a member of the Tram team. Alternatively if you wish to donate through our Paypal account, there is a button below marked DONATE or alternatively the QR code below to allow you to make Paypal donations.
Thank you for your time and enjoy your day at the museum.
George Drain - Secretary/Treasurer - Glasgow’s Last Tram Group
RESTORATION OF A GLASGOW ICON
The "last tram restoration project" aims to restore Glasgow Coronation Tram, No. 1245 built in 1939. Restoration started in 2011, at Summerlee Museum where our volunteer team workshop is based.
Click on the picture below to find out more about the project.
Find out more about the history of Tram No. 1245
The tram was removed from passenger service in 1962. It was then used to shunt trams which were to be scrapped until 1963, when 1245 pulled 1274 into Coplawhill Works (now the Tramway Theatre in Albert Drive) and shunted itself and 1274 back into a lye of the Coplawhill Erecting Shop.
Members of the museum’s Transport Group are working on the painstaking restoration of Coronation tram 1245, known as “Glasgow’s last tram”. Summerlee acquired it for just £1 in 2006 and it lay in storage for six years before the volunteer group stepped in.
A team of retired engineers at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life are restoring the tram to its former glory. The team have worked on the project for the last seven years, raising some £20,000 for the work completed so far.