Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lo Lo to Ro Ro

The conveying of cars to and from CalMac ferries was - until 50 years ago - always undertaken by the Lo Lo method of Lift On; Lift Off. Then on Wednesday 15 April 1964 the first of the Ro Ro - Roll On; Roll Off - services was introduced on the triangular route linking Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy. The details are in this Stornoway Gazette item and the image below is taken from an early 1980s postcard of Tarbert, Harris, by which time the Ro Ro practice was widespread through the company's routes.

Scottish Islands Explorer - changed from three to multiple colours in 2002

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