A SPECIAL, 13-coach exhibition train pulled into St Enoch’s station in October 1965. Among the visitors were the much-loved comedy duo, Francie and Josie (Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy, of course, getting up to their usual mischief) but it turns out that the editorial departments of this paper, and that of the Evening Times, had a special interest in the train, too.

The train, chartered by the Pye-Ekco television and radio companies, had been touring Britain as a radio show in miniature, spending two days in several regional cities. Between 11am and 9pm both the Glasgow Herald and the Evening Times broadcast hourly news bulletins to visitors from a coach equipped in the manner of a local broadcasting station - “designed,”our report said, “to show local authorities and other interested persons how local radio operates and the form it is likely to take if it comes to this country.”

In another coach, closed-circuit TV supplied pictures on 405 and 625 lines to TV receivers located at various points on the train. A third coach showed working demonstrations of radio-telephones and other communications equipment.

Among the visitors were the broadcaster Bill Tennent, Glasgow’s education convener George H Moore, and Alastair Warren, editor of the Herald. Few, it has to be conceded, however, were more visible, than the teddy-boys, Francie and Josie.