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British Steel Tollcross Tube Works
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:02 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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Great stories! I had no idea that they had a foundry there, funnily enough I had an interview at Clydesdale but didn’t get the job, ended up at Weir’s and worked for a bit at Babcock’s as well.  At Weir’s we used Ni Chrome casting for sugar beet pumps which had to be very hard wearing as they pumped whole beets and stones through the plant. Latterly Weirs bought Mather and Platt and all the ferrous casting including stainless came from there after their foundry was upgraded.

I had a mate who worked at Clydesdale (factory built on a slope so the pipes moved through the factory with minimal help) The furnaces and mills are gone but I think it still has a quench and temper plant which imports green pipe  from foreign mills. He went on to work at Imperial,  which I think is still there and takes pipes for threading from Clydesdale. He told me it was a favourite trick after threading to put a factory cat in a pipe when the thread protectors were put on, which would give the guys at the hydro test station a hell of a scare when it shot out when they took the caps off!

British steel sold what was left of their pipe and tube business to Valourec  and we no longer make seamless pipe in the UK, which is crazy given the demand from the oil industry!

Do you have any memory of any electrical power generation or a power station at Clydesdale?


Hi. Been reading this thread with great interest. I note that weirs made Ni chrome sugar beet pumps. I served my time in the late 80,s in a foundry in cumbernauld and we made sugar beet pumps for weir pumps. If i remember correctly they were about the largest castings we produced at that time. Did weir pumps foundry close in the late 80's?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:45 pm    Post subject: Robert (Bob) Stewart Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Anyone who worked in Tollcross remember Bob Stewart? He was a Time Clerk in the factory for may years until it closed.



Also does anyone know what this chart is for?



This has been puzzling the family for may years so any information would be very welcome.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

do you have that chart in a larger format Alex as I may have an idea what it is
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi Cybers

I will ask the family and try and get a better copy of the original.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods



Cybers here is a better photo of the grid
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Yup its a sizing chart. most probably used to be located near the drawing or forming machine. pretty sure I have a photo of one in situ though it is not a hand written one. How it actually works I have no goddamn idea though.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Well there's names here I remember from the far past.  Iain Robertson, Jim Low and listed on the Tollcross stuff by Alex Glass was a foreman by the name of J Hay (Jim), he's was my uncle.

Not only did people work for BSC / S&L etc that my family knew but both my Dad and I worked for them too over the years.   My Dad retired from the Imperial works having worked at the Clyde works, British, Imperial, Clydesdale and back again to the Imperial.  I worked at the Imperial, Calder (while it was a shell of it's former self) and back to the Imperial before I left in 96 or 97.

I came across this forum post due to basically diving down a rabbit hole while looking for something else.

Back in 1984 (thankfully the Imperial was not closed but was rebuilt and gave some people in Airdrie and Coatbridge jobs up until it's closure) I started as a Trainee Time Keeper), after a while I moved to the Calder to help them down there with dispatch stuff.  Fell in love with the old architecture of the buildings. Moved back to the Imperial works to work with the new Computer system that had been installed. Became part of the formalized IT department and all these years later I'm still in IT. However i still have fond memories of the Imperial and Calder works.

My dad was involved heavily in the Welfare association.  He was one of the guys that helped run the Christmas kids movie shows and had the selection boxes at our house. that was one hell of a lot of chocolate to have around. He also ran the football team for a while (I remember all the washing of the strips on a Sunday). I've got lots of memories of being down at the Imperial football fields, bowling green and Tennis courts.  Not forgetting the Badminton Club before the place was rebuilt.  My dad was still playing football with the guys when he was in his early 50's.  He took early retirement at 55 a couple of years after I started there.

He didn't stay long at Clydesdale. Didn't enjoy having to drive over there each day, came back to the Imperial and worked in the Coat and Mark and Dispatch areas for the rest of his time having worked in some capacity in the Personnel dept.  

As I said, I've got lots of amazing memories of things happening and the people from my time there.

This was a great find on an otherwise crappy March day in Texas.
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