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Pinkston Tramway Power House

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of Port Dundas

1900-1 Built for the electrification of the Glasgow Corporation Tramways. Harry B. Measures of London was the engineer.

1901 Began to supply electricity

In winter 1903/4 the old Waterloo Street Generating Station was converted into a sub-station, by taking a temporary supply of high-tension current from the surplus plant of the Tramways Department at Pinkston.

By 1912 there were two 4000hp engines made by the Allis Company, of Milwaukee and two by Musgrave and Sons of Bolton. An 800 horse-power engine was supplied by D. Stewart and Co, of Glasgow.

The Pinkston Power Station and substations located at Coplawhill, Dalhousie, Kinning Park, Whitevale and Partick also powered the Glasgow Subway.

1958 The power station was handed over to the South of Scotland Electricity Board

Early 1960s: the power station ceased operating and was demolished in 1977.

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