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1937/39 glasgow corporation transport coronation tram (1143-1242 series)  kit SPTC446K Model 1 43

1937/39 Glasgow Corporation Transport Coronation Tram (1143-1242 series) KIT

Ref.#: SPTC446K
Scale: 1:43
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During the early 1930s Glasgow was facing the problem of the increased traffic and increasingly obsolete fleet. Two prototype cars were built at Coplawhill shops in December 1936 (car 1141) and March 1937 (car 1142). These cars represented the 'one giant step' for Glasgow Corporation Transport which set the scene for new construction to serve the 1938 Empire Exhibition. In February 1937 the Corporation received approval to proceed with the construction of 100 new cars. First of these, 1143, was started in April. Tenders were invited for the supply of bogies and electrical equipment. EMB (bogies) and BTH (British Thomson-Houston Ltd.) were the winners. The new trams were actually known as a 'Exhibition Cars' within the Transport Department before they were christened the 'The Coronations' by an adoring public. First Coronation tram, 1143, entered service in November 1937. To serve the Empire Exhibition, first Coronations were allocated to the Newlands and Maryhill depots. The Coronation was a modern tram of high quality, with spacious saloons with four large windows, alhambrinal panelling and good quality seating. Glass eaves gave extra light to the upper saloon. The last car of the first 100 production batch, 1242, was completed in February 1939.
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