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The Summerlee Transport Group
The Summerlee Transport Group (STG) was formed in 1988, in order to support the maintenance and operation of the tramway at what was to become Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge, operated by the then Monklands District Council.
Prior to being approved to operate the
cars, STG members receive the
appropriate training in the Motorschool.
Training of motormen was initially
carried out by Bob Connor and testing by
John Wright and Idris Scott of the Glasgow Subway
who also devised,
wrote and carried out the “passing out”
test for motormen.
Subsequently, John retired and, in
writing, named Brian Longworth as
qualified to carry out all examinations.
In more recent times, Robert Sutherland
has been given the bulk of the training
programme and last year George Murray
was nominated as Examiner.
The STG has established a regular Thursday evening working group at the museum ï¿½ this can involve anything from tram cleaning, track clearing and tidying-up to heavy engineering on the trams. The restoration of Lanarkshire 53 and Glasgow 1017 would not have been possible without the time and dedication of STG volunteers.
Below - the STG volunteers breaking the ice in Freezing January
taken in January of members clearing the
snow and ice from the track
Janet Watson - our first lady driver at the controls of 53
All new volunteers are most welcome to attend!