Shettleston Scenes

Once upon a time before the advent of digital photography we used cameras that were loaded with film. One of the most popular formats used was 35mm film. This film came in three varieties, monochrome negative, colour negative and colour transparencies or slides. These were generally in rolls of 20 or 36 exposures. The majority of people used the negative and print format but for railway photography, the slide format was more useful as the processed and mounted images could be projected to an audience. For most of the 1960's and early 1970's, a 36 exposure roll of Kodachrome II colour slide film cost 36/- or 1-16-00 (1.80) including processing, mounting and return postage. Each slide therefore cost 1/- (0.05). This was not an insignificant amount of money at that time.

As the film was in a canister, it was pulled out, threaded onto the take up spool in the camera and wound on to exposure one. You could not always guarantee that the first image would be correct and also after image 35 the rest may not be complete either. At the start and end of a film these exposures were often used on a subject that was not too important. Taking pictures out the window at St. Mark Street was one solution. After some years these images have become of more interest and that is what is displayed here.

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Looking westward across St. Mark Street we have Price's Bakery on the left and just before Muiryfauld Drive is an abandoned relic of the 1940's, an air raid shelter. Many were bricked up and remained for many years. Some enterprising local has undone the bricking up. April 1967.
Over on the other side of the tenement we are looking east over St. Marks School. Of all wooden construction the inevitable happened and was destroyed by fire, not necessarily accidentally. April 1967.
Looking in a south westerly direction we see the St. Mark Street entrance to Price's Bakery. It would appear to be morning and St. Mark School is awaiting its customers judging by the passing children. April 1967.
Another view looking over Price's Bakery. It is probably afternoon as most of the delivery vans have returned for the night. April 1967.
Looking west towards Muiryfauld Drive It may now be noted that the air rail shelter has been removed. Who said progress does not happen. July 1968.
This time looking north west over Shettleston Road and through the gap may be seen the many engineering businesses that were still in operation. July 1968.
Demolition has now taken place on both sides of Cree Street. In the background is Shettleston Baths and Steamie. February 1975.
A similar view as above showing that as yet the area once occupied by the school is still vacant. February 1975.
On now a few years and we are at Shettleston Junction Signal Box just east of Shettleston Station. The signalling on the Airdrie line was being replaced and all the traditional signal boxes were soon to be removed. October 1987.
Shettleston Junction Signal Box once controlled the junction off the Glasgow Queen Street to Airdrie line that went to Hamilton. One of the consequences of the change to the signalling was the former four aspect signals were replaced with three aspect ones. Progress, well? October 1987.