Chapter 227 – Changing the world

The tram pulls into the Cambridge Street Depot, and everyone gathers at the lead tramcar, where the Lord Provost ascends its steps. I look around at the gathering, and Mary, Margaret and Ann of Thompson & French, stand out amongst Glasgow's gentry."The world changes today.", I whispered into Mary's ear."Every day, we change it.", said … Continue reading Chapter 227 – Changing the world

Chapter 226 – Glasgow’s New Artery

Our tram traverses the Clutha, with its usual hive of activity as Scotland's busiest waterway. On top of an open-top tram smoothly gliding along new rails, the views up the river are an absolute pleasure."This tramway is genius, linking Glasgow's West End with the two central stations in the city, Caledonian Railway Station in Cowcaddens, … Continue reading Chapter 226 – Glasgow’s New Artery

Chapter 225 – Glasgow’s Tram Experience

The journey begins at five minutes to noon, when there is a loud cheer from the assembled masses. The seven trams are each pulled by four horses, three abreast with one in front, under the guidance of their immaculately dressed postilion in uniform. The postilion’s entire job is controlling speed, with only one direction possible … Continue reading Chapter 225 – Glasgow’s Tram Experience

Chapter 223 – Advertising Glasgow’s Finest

I make my way toward Henry Carey and Edward Fortis. "Gentlemen, you look surprised.""We'll let you have your final, small victory.", said Henry Carey, cutting the air with an upper-class swipe of indignation."Have you considered our proposal?" asked Edward Fortis."I am intrigued you were unable to deliver your ultimatum?"Edward and Henry start laughing. "We both … Continue reading Chapter 223 – Advertising Glasgow’s Finest

Chapter 222 – Lord Provost’s Blessing

Mary and I make our way through the crowds. The Lord Provost, Magistrates, and Town Councillors are next to meet and greet.I spot Henry Carey and Edward Fortis manoeuvring their way to the front. “Mary, time to move.”We briskly move to the front, ahead of the bustling Englishmen. Mary turns around and gives them a … Continue reading Chapter 222 – Lord Provost’s Blessing

Chapter 221 – Dreams Drive Destiny

The carriage stops on the corner of Shamrock Street and St George’s Road. Mary and I disembark, “Start in a lucky street.”, said David, reaching down to shake my hand, acknowledging his Irish ancestry.There is no emotion within my exhausted veins; however, this symbolic gesture provides a welcome boost.We walk towards the large crowd. “Who … Continue reading Chapter 221 – Dreams Drive Destiny

Chapter 220 – End of Beginning

My hallway clock strikes seven times, and I breathe deeply, releasing my stomach’s nervousness. Two years, ten days ago, Parliament passed the Tramways Act 1870, and today, Monday 19th August 1872, Glasgow’s streets will change forever.The last nine days resembled bedlam. The day after the funerals, we mustered a broken workforce, rolled up our sleeves, … Continue reading Chapter 220 – End of Beginning

Chapter 219 – Rest in Peace

The summer sunshine creates a sweltering and stifling twenty-seven degrees celsius. Flower arrangements burst with colour on the grey stone pathway, and gleaming horse carriages line up quietly, dispersing their passengers into the sanctum. The silence is only broken by birdsong, conveying nature's final farewell.Five members of Thompson & French stand around me, including James … Continue reading Chapter 219 – Rest in Peace

Chapter 218 – The Enlightener’s Rest

Following dinner, we walk to Advocate's Close and find our friends from the Liberty, Justice and Reverence League in their usual spot, in the corner of The Enlightener's Rest. We order pints of beer and take our seats."Ah, you made it.", said Robert Louis."I have looked forward to this all week.", said James."Our topic of … Continue reading Chapter 218 – The Enlightener’s Rest