Clocking up the years of the Clockwork Orange

A famous Glasgow landmark turns 115 years old today and no, it’s not the jokes found on ‘Only An Excuse’, it is the Glasgow Underground. Who would have thought that back in 1896 these underground trains would still be propelling Glaswegians to work and play? There is an argument to put forward that the Underground is only of use to a small proportion of Glaswegians but that can be discussed at another time, today should be a cause for celebration.

The reason that the 115th birthday of the Glasgow Underground is so relevant is because it seems as though some of the trains being used today could well have been used on the maiden trip for the Underground! Obviously that is not the case and the SPT will no doubt rap our knuckles for suggesting such a thing and as they point out their modernisation plans. There is no doubt that the Partick Station is looking glamorous but you are only stop short away from the Govan station which hasn’t aged well since the late 1970s renovation.

Govan Underground Station - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

Govan Underground Station - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

There are a lot of good points about the subway with the £1.20 fare being one of them, especially when compared to the standard £1.80 First Bus want to charge you for taking you no further than a toddler’s walking distance. A saving of the return ticket and a better service on a Sunday would be good but on the whole, the subway brings a lot of benefits to Glasgow.

Some facts about the subway:

Only London and Budapest have older underground train systems.

A famous landmark was reached in 1938 when the subway carried over 500,000 people to the Empire Exhibition that was being held in Glasgow.

SPT claim it would take 400 double decker buses to carry the same amount of people that the Subway carries.

There will always be one person eating on the Subway, no matter what time of day or night you travel.

The Subway Loyal is not a punk band or a group of really keen Underground users, it is a term given to Rangers fans who leave Ibrox Stadium before the match is complete to avoid queues at the nearby Ibrox station.

SPT considered changing the name of their Park and Ride facility after an amorous couple at Kelvinbridge station took that description a bit too literally.

Partick Station - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

Partick Station - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

And of course, without the Glasgow Underground, we would not have the Glasgow Subcrawl. Thousands of Glaswegians and non city-dwellers have taken on the challenge of drinking at every stop along the route on both sides of the Clyde. The Subcrawl has taken on a life of its own and it is something that you should attempt at each once in your life.

I Survived the Subcrawl - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

I Survived the Subcrawl - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

Something which one hardy student tried but we can’t say we condone them (although we certainly congratulate them) was this rather exciting challenge: