Wylie and Lochhead

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By 1833 Wylie and Lochhead started operating an undertaking business, letting hearses, mourning coaches etc.

In 1837 Wylie and Lochhead started operating a suburban omnibus service to Rutherglen and the Townhead railway depot and hiring post horses. The omnibus to the Townhead railway depot is advertised in the 1837-38 Post Office Directory. Glasgow University has a handbill that advertises the increase from two coaches a day to three coaches a day for the Rutherglen service in 1839. The company also ran omnibuses to Partick and Duntocher from about 1838 and tried running services to Parhead/Shettleston.

In May 1845, a new warehouse at 28 Argyle Street was opened. In 1846 stables in Maxwell Street were obtained to house the post-hiring and undertaking business. In May 1846, the remainder of the retail departments were accommodated in Argyle Street. Between 1846 and 1850 the omnibus service was temporarily abandoned due to the escalating price of corn. Walker, James took over the Rutherglen and Partick routes. When the services were restored in 1850 Wylie and Lochead only competed on the Rutherglen route between 1951 and 1853.

In December 1853 new premises were acquired in Kent Road to house the undertaking and carriage hiring businesses. In 1854, the the retail business was moved to Buchanan Street and in 1855 a building was erected in Union Street to house the undertaking department. By 1862, the firm was offering Undertaking and post-horse hiring at Kent Road and Whiteinch stables. The omnibus service was abandoned during the 1860s due to keen rivalry with other businesses.

It was reported that in 1856 Wylie and Lochhead were running omnibuses from Partick to Glasgow charging 5d for both inside and outside. The Glasgow & Partick Omnibus Company Limited was formed in 1856 and charged 4d inside, 3d outside. It was claimed that Wylie and Lochhead then changed their fares to 3d inside and 2d outside. This indicates that Wylie and Lochhead used the large tokens for inside fares and small tokens for outside fares.

Rutherglen & Glasgow Omnibus 1835 - 1845
RUT.001a.jpg
Source (Breingan)
Filename RUT.001a
Value 0
Add Desc. Rutherglen * Glasgow
Size (mm) 26x17
Manufacture Octagonal White Metal
Notes Also possibly issued by James Walker from 1845
28 ARGYLE ST. GLASGOW 1850 - 1855
W&L.001.jpg
Source (Breingan)
Filename W&L.001
Value 2d - Outside
Add Desc.
Size (mm) 19.5
Manufacture Round White Metal
Notes
W&L.002.jpg Source (Breingan)
Filename W&L.002
Value 4d - Inside
Add Desc.
Size (mm) 24
Manufacture Round White Metal
Notes
58 UNION ST. GLASGOW 1855 - 1865
W&L.003.jpg
Source (Breingan)
Filename W&L.003
Value Probably Outside
Add Desc. Pass Ticket
Size (mm) 19.5
Manufacture Round White Metal
Notes
W&L.004.jpg Source (Breingan)
Filename W&L.004
Value Probably Inside
Add Desc. Pass Ticket
Size (mm) 24
Manufacture Round White Metal
Notes