DUMBARTON BASED GALT TRANSPORT WAS FOUNDED AFTER GLASGOW HAD ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS SECOND CITY OF THE EMPIRE. OVER 70 YEARS, THE FAMILY RUN FIRM HAS GRADUATED FROM LOCAL TO UK AND EUROPEAN HAULAGE, PREDOMINATELY UNDER THE CONTROL OF SECOND GENERATION, ALLAN GALT. JOHN HENDERSON VISITS THE COMPANY TO DISCOVER HOW DIVERSIFICATION AND USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES HAS KEPT IT REACHING NEW HEIGHTS.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
Established in 1947, Galt Transport now operates in UK and European haulage with its fleet of 50 vehicles and over 100 trailers. The fleet’s diverse specifications include crane equipped tractor units and rigids that haul a vast variety of load types up to STGO CAT 3 specifications. The company also provides specialist lifting services, industrial storage and a driver training school from two sites in Dumbarton, which are supported by a number of designated operating centres across the Central Lowlands and Scottish Borders.
Company founder Daniel T Galt was an ex-Royal Army Service Corps member and on his return from wartime service was transport manager for the Blackburn Aircraft Factory in Dumbarton, where the famous Shorts Sunderland flying boat was built. Its last plane took off from the River Clyde just two years before Daniel T Galt’s carrier and contractor business was launched in nearby Church Street. Back in that decade Glasgow was still trading on its second city of the empire status and the busy docks supplied Dumbarton and the surrounding area with a huge variety of goods. Using four lorries, together with a horse and cart for local deliveries, Galt’s small fleet provided a direct next day service from the city’s quaysides to Dumbarton, Alexandria and Balloch.