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Glasgow and the Clyde Coast (clip 1)

Holiday trip down the Clyde by train and then steamer

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This film is also known as 'Holiday Trip on the Clyde Coast'. The clip features a steam train pulling out of a station; the luncheon car with waiters serving; the Caledonian train ascending the Beattock summit; the concourse at Glasgow Central Station; Glasgow City Chambers; George Square; trams and street traffic down Sauchiehall Street; Jamaica Street Bridge; the Caledonian Bridge and the Clyde with the intertitle –‘ the birthplace of Navies; Clyde Shipbuilding Yards’.

Questions & Activities


  • How many different types of transport can you spot?
  • What economic and social class of people would have used the luncheon car on the train?
  • What were they eating?
  • Why was this film made and who made it?
  • Where were they going?
  • What can you tell from the way they are dressed?
  • What are the differences between the train in the film and trains you travel on today?


Research how the transport worked - ie. trams, steam trains etc.

Study the intertitle cards - why was it important for the film to have these? How do the intertitles let us know we are in Scotland?

Choose music and sound effects to enhance the film. Make sure you are legally allowed to reuse the music you select.

Script a conversation between the people on the train.

Research Edwardian Fashion and design a hat.

Act out a sequence from the film to present to an audience.

Research what kinds of ships were being built on the Clyde. In what ways was the Clyde important to work and leisure at the time of this film? How has this changed?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-011-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0044
Date 1912
Genre Sponsored, Documentary
School Subject Geography, Media Studies, Social History, Technologies, English, Drama, Art and Design
Subject Matter Transport
Who Kineto Ltd London (production company), London and North Western Railway (sponsors)
Where Glasgow
Event Journey
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 4:31
Film Length 11:00