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First service29 viewsDavid Wilson at the wheel of his own bus. He was the first to run a bus service between Helensburgh and Rhu. Image, circa 1915, supplied by his grand-daughter, Marlyn Ritchie.
Bus service28 viewsDavid Wilson drives the Gareloch Motor Service vehicle run by MacFarlane and Gilmour. Image, circa 1906, supplied by his grand-daughter, Marlyn Ritchie.
Argyll Cars505 viewsCars built at Argyll Motors in Alexandria pictured outside Helensburgh's Queen's Hotel before being driven to London to be sold. Image circa 1910.
Horses and Carriage446 viewsOutside Bellcairn House, Cove, in 1913.
Horse and Carriage403 viewsOutside Bellcairn House, Cove, in 1913.
Shandon Bus Crash695 viewsA Garelochhead Coach Service double decker bus lies on the beach at Shandon after an accident on the old lochside road in November 1965. Andrew Shirley from Rhu, who is researching the Garelochhead bus companies, believes this bus is MXX 177, one of the former London Transport RT class operated by the firm. It was repaired and put back into service.
The Sugar Ship759 viewsAn aerial view of the 8,325 ton Greek cargo ship Captayannis lying on a sandbank near to Ardmore Point not long after she was sunk. On the evening of January 27 1974 the area suffered from a terrific storm which blew the vessel from its anchor and caused it to collide with the BP tanker British Light. The anchor chains of the tanker holed the sugar boat allowing water to pour into her, so she was beached in the shallow waters over the sandbank.
Cardross Station564 viewsA picture of a mystery celebration at Cardross Station. The bunting and Union Jacks, the waiting horse drawn carriages — and one early car — and the finery of the people in suggests a very special occasion, perhaps the opening of part of the station, or troops returning from the First World War, or even a royal visit? However it is believed to be the arrival of guests attending a wedding. The station was opened on January 15 1858, the line was doubled in 1883, and the bridge was built the following year.
Central Station620 viewsHelensburgh Central Station bearing the sign of the North British Railway, circa 1905.
Hovercraft at speed19 viewsThe Clyde Hover Ferries Westland SRN6 hovercraft, which operated a service from Craigendoran pier to Greenock from 1965-6 is pictured. Powered by a Bristol-Siddeley Marine Gnome engine, it was 48 foot long, could carry 48 passengers, and had a maximum speed over calm water of 64 knots. However the service attracted fewer passengers than hoped for, and did not prove viable.
Horse as well as motor transport577 viewsUnknown vehicle in the foreground, with a horse and carriage in front of it as well as one approaching. Craigendoran Station and pier is in the far background on the right. Pre-1909.
Coaches at the pier631 viewsThree coaches wait at Helensburgh pierhead for the arrival of the next steamer. Date unknown.
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