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Britain's Preserved Trams (ePub)

An Historic Overview

Transport Photographic eBooks Colour eBooks Trams

By Peter Waller
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 21.9 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781526739025
eBook Released: 26th May 2021

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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 are 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.

This is a book that well summarises the range of British tramcars that have survived into preservation. The supporting captions add considerably to the value of the book, which should appeal to those interested in a concise history of what has survived of British tramcars.

Tramway Review - June 2022

"This is another worthy addition to the growing library of tramway books from Pen & Sword."

West Somerset Railway Association

"All-in-all, this is an interesting and informative publication. Recommended."

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine

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Tramways & Urban Transit - Light Rail Transit Association

Peter Waller has written a number of transport books covering a variety of subjects, and this is an excellent addition to his portfolio. He briefly covers the history of tram preservation, before moving to the photos of the trams in service. Each photo has a comprehensive caption detailing the history of the tram and company, and tells us where the tram is preserved. The photos are good quality, subject to their age of course, but are very atmospheric, mostly showing the trams earning their living in historic settings. It is a well presented book and well worth a look.

The PSV Circle, October 2021 Issue

About Peter Waller

Peter Waller is a life long, transport enthusiast and historian, a founder of the Online Transport Archive which preserves transport photographic archives.


He has written many books on tramways, buses and railways over the years and this volume on British Trolleybus Systems is his latest.


He was for many years the senior commissioning editor for Ian Allan Publishing and is an authority on many aspects of transport history.

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