Transportation

Works Trams of the British Isles

Works Trams of the British Isles

Author: Peter Waller

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473862258

Category: Transportation

Page: 152

View: 871

Often little known and generally unfamiliar to the passengers that used tramways, works trams were an essential facet of the efficient operation of any system – large or small – and this book is a primarily pictorial overview of the great variety of works trams that served the first generation of tramways in the British Isles. Although construction of most tramways was left to the contractor employed on the work, once this was completed the responsibility for the maintenance and safe operation of the system fell on the operator. The larger the operator, the greater and more varied the fleet of works cars employed; specialist vehicles were constructed for specific duties. Smaller operators, however, did not have this luxury, relying instead on one or two dedicated works cars or, more often, a passenger car temporarily assigned to that work. This book is a pictorial survey to the many weird and wonderful works cars that once graced Britain’s first generation tramways.
Transportation

A Historical Dictionary of Railways in the British Isles

A Historical Dictionary of Railways in the British Isles

Author: David Wragg

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781781596654

Category: Transportation

Page: 288

View: 448

Railways played a key role in Britain's social, economic and industrial history. These companies have long since gone, but all over the country relics remain to remind us of that pioneering age. David Wragg's Historical Dictionary of Railways in the British Isles is a comprehensive, single-volume reference guide to the old railway companies and their heritage. He provides brief histories of the companies and their many-sided activities, and he gives biographies of the men who created the rail network. He covers what is now the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland as well as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. His book is essential reading and reference for enthusiasts of every region and period of railway history.

Trams of the British Isles

Trams of the British Isles

Author: Peter Waller

Publisher:

ISBN: 190834721X

Category:

Page: 64

View: 307

Transportation

Britain's Preserved Trams

Britain's Preserved Trams

Author: Peter Waller

Publisher: Pen and Sword Transport

ISBN: 9781526739049

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 186

It is almost 100 years since the first tram was preserved in Britain, in the century since then a great variety of trams have been saved from tramway systems small and large. Some trams were purchased directly out of service and others were acquired after many years alternative usage, some being summer houses or homes, while others were used on farms or allotments where they served as sheds and out buildings, before being lovingly restored over many years. The story of tram preservation is not wholly positive, in the early days many trams suffered from being stored in the open at unsafe sites, where the historic vehicles were often subjected to acts of vandalism and suffered badly from the weather. This changed to a large extent in 1959, with the acquisition of the site of the future National Tramway Museum at Crich in Derbyshire,, where a comprehensive collection of trams from all over Britain and also foreign tram networks has been assembled, to secure a collection of tramcars for future generations. There is also today fine collections of trams in other museums in Britain and Ireland, which cover much of the rich history of this once common form of public transport. This book looks at almost 200 of these trams when they were in service, through historic photographs, prior to their withdrawal and eventual preservation.

Definitive Guide to Trams in the British Isles

Definitive Guide to Trams in the British Isles

Author: David Voice

Publisher:

ISBN: 1874422486

Category:

Page: 248

View: 841

Transportation

Trams and Trolleybuses

Trams and Trolleybuses

Author: Oliver Green

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781784422493

Category: Transportation

Page: 64

View: 725

From the horse-drawn trams of the nineteenth century to the larger electric models of the early twentieth, this reliable form of public transport revolutionised town travel by making it affordable enough for working people to use. From the 1930s, the rise of the trolleybus, which also picked up power from overhead cables but ran without expensive tracks, looked set to supersede the tram – but ultimately, by the 1950s, both fell victim to motor buses and private cars. However, since the 1980s the environmental benefits of light rail have encouraged a growing comeback for trams on our crowded and polluted city streets. Using beautiful contemporary photographs, this is the fascinating story of the rise, fall and revival of this everyday, yet sometimes controversial, mode of urban transport.
Horse railroads

Horse Trams of the British Isles

Horse Trams of the British Isles

Author: R. W. Rush

Publisher:

ISBN: 0853616000

Category: Horse railroads

Page: 104

View: 120

Street-railroads

Battery Trams of the British Isles

Battery Trams of the British Isles

Author: David Voice

Publisher:

ISBN: 1874422850

Category: Street-railroads

Page: 56

View: 784

Transportation

Rails in the Road

Rails in the Road

Author: Oliver Green

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473869400

Category: Transportation

Page: 272

View: 400

There have been passenger tramways in Britain for 150 years, but it is a rollercoaster story of rise, decline and a steady return. Trams have come and gone, been loved and hated, popular and derided, considered both wildly futuristic and hopelessly outdated by politicians, planners and the public alike. Horse trams, introduced from the USA in the 1860s, were the first cheap form of public transport on city streets. Electric systems were developed in nearly every urban area from the 1890s and revolutionised town travel in the Edwardian era.A century ago, trams were at their peak, used by everyone all over the country and a mark of civic pride in towns and cities from Dover to Dublin. But by the 1930s they were in decline and giving way to cheaper and more flexible buses and trolleybuses. By the 1950s all the major systems were being replaced. Londons last tram ran in 1952 and ten years later Glasgow, the city most firmly linked with trams, closed its network down. Only Blackpool, famous for its decorated cars, kept a public service running and trams seemed destined only for scrapyards and museums.A gradual renaissance took place from the 1980s, with growing interest in what are now described as light rail systems in Europe and North America. In the UK and Ireland modern trams were on the streets of Manchester from 1992, followed successively by Sheffield, Croydon, the West Midlands, Nottingham, Dublin and Edinburgh (2014). Trams are now set to be a familiar and significant feature of twenty-first century urban life, with more development on the way.
Transportation

Regional Tramways: Wales, Isle of Man and Ireland, Post 1945

Regional Tramways: Wales, Isle of Man and Ireland, Post 1945

Author: Peter Waller

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473861923

Category: Transportation

Page: 184

View: 121

This is the fourth book in a series that covers the history of the tram systems of the British Isles post-war. It covers the networks in Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland.Peter Waller examines the history of the tramways in Ireland, Wales and on the Isle of Man. With three different legislative frameworks, the history of the systems covered are very different from the surviving horse tramway at Douglas on the Isle of Man through to the new Luas system operating in Dublin.With an overview that provides the background to all of the tramways that once operated plus the only tramway in the Channel Islands alongside a comprehensive account of those systems that survived after 1945, the book is a fascinating portrait of the changing streetscapes of cities like Belfast and Cardiff as well as the remarkable survivor post-war, such as the Bessbrook & Newry and the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay.Fully illustrated throughout with mono and colour illustrations many of which have never been published before as well as system maps, the book will be of interest to all with a history of trams past and present in the British Isles.
Street-railroads

The Millennium Guide to Trams in the British Isles

The Millennium Guide to Trams in the British Isles

Author: David Voice

Publisher:

ISBN: 1874422249

Category: Street-railroads

Page: 143

View: 405

History

Lost Tramways

Lost Tramways

Author: Peter Waller

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 9781913733537

Category: History

Page: 64

View: 677

Edinburgh played host to the country's most significant cable tramway, although, by the early 1920s, electric trams had taken over. The system continued to grow until the late 1930s and new trams were built even after World War II. However, over less than a decade, all were swept away and the final trams operated in 1956. Also covered are the operations of Leith Corporation and Musselburgh & District.The Lost Tramways of Scotland series documents the tram networks which were at the heart of many of Britain's growing towns and cities from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century.As well as rigorously detailed transport history, these volumes provide an intimate glimpse into life as it was lived during this period, and the recognisable streets which have been maintained or transformed through the decades. An informative, accessible and portable resource for the tram enthusiast as well as the general reader, and a superb souvenir or gift for visitors past and present.