The 1960s was the era of major unemployment in the history of the city, as coal mines, street works and heavy industries went out of business. The crime rates were also high, especially the new youth gangs that were younger and more violent than the Razor gangs of the 1920s. The tram system was closed in 1962 On the final day of service, and there was a procession of 20 trams through the city, an event attended by 250,000 people. The shipbuilding industry on the River Clyde began to decline. The government started new high-rise towers and housing schemes to replace the tenement slums. Some of them were built outside of Glasgow in new towns such as Cumbernauld and East Kilbride.
These stunning photographs capture streets, roads, bridges, markets, and everyday life in Glasgow in the 1960s. Some photos also depict the life of Glasgow slums.
A light engine passed a signal at danger after a telephone misunderstanding with the signalman, and collided with a 12-carriage passenger train waiting at the next signal. The driver and secondman of the light engine were killed. Our Picture Shows: Doctor walks away from the cabin of the crashed diesel locomotive.
The twisted crane which collapsed at Sprigburn, Wellfield Street following high wind which hit Southern and Central Scotland in the early hours of the 15th January 1968. The collapsed crane caused residents in the locality to be evacuated. The storm brought havoc to the City leaving 700 people homeless and 9 people dead.
1963 Great Train Robbery was the robbery of £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line in the early hours of 8th August 1963, at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. After tampering with the lineside signals in order to bring the train to a halt, a gang attacked the train; pictured: Postal Workers who were on robbed train, finally arrive at London Euston Station.
Rubble chokes the narrow street as, hours after the outbreak, hoses still pump streams of water on to the smouldering ruins of a whisky warehouse in Glasgow. An explosion blew the walls of the building out, burying three fire appliances and killing nineteen men, fourteen firefighters, and five members of the Glasgow Salvage Corps.