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Croydon Tramlink (Hardback)

A Definitive History

Colour Books Photographic Books Transport > Trams

By Gareth David
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white illustrations, maps, track diagrams and timetables
ISBN: 9781526719539
Published: 6th April 2020


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Croydon Tramlink is a new history about the network linking Wimbledon with Croydon in South London.

This is the first full history of this fascinating tramway, which is about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary of opening.

The book looks at the political, economic and social aspects of the network, as well as the mechanical history of the system.

The tramway has been an important aspect in rejuvenating the Croydon area and improving transport links in an area lacking underground lines.

4.7 out of 7

This book is a good balance between narrative and illustrations gives a good background to the construction and operation of the network, and recommended for anyone who has an interest in Tramlink or in trams in general.

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Rail Express Magazine - February 2022

In the very readable narrative we learn of the careful behind the scenes work undertaken to gain the support of the principal local authority and BR, and the lengthy process of gaining parliamentary approval and securing the necessary capital funding. We also hear of the obstructive tactics of the bus lobby which prevented construction of a more passenger-friendly interchange at New Addington, surely an indictment of public transport policy and planning at the time.

The book is liberally illustrated with colour images, many showing the original red and white and current blue, green and white liveries worn by the light rail vehicles.

West Somerset Railway Association

Gareth David’s book provides a very thorough and detailed account of this fascinating system.

Tenterden Terrier (Col. Stephens Railway Museum)

A curious and interesting book.

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Miniaturas JM

It's a very detailed book with lots of information about the process from inception to completion.

PSV Circle, June 2020

Croydon Tramlink is about the net linking Wimbledon with Croydon in south London. This book is the first complete story of this fascinating tram, which is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary of opening. The tram has been an important aspect to rejuvenate the Croydon area and improve transport connections in an area that lacks underground lines.

This great book by Gareth David is the ultimate guide to this means of transport. It contains everything you need to know it; construction, information and a lot of color photographs about it. Every tram fan should have it in his library.

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Unos Cuantos Trenes

This book is highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in Tramlink to find out just what went on in its creation as well as the various issues that have affected it over the past 20 years.

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British Trams Online News

About Gareth David

Gareth David was a business journalist who worked on a number of national newspapers before moving into financial public relations. He is a life-long railway enthusiast who has travelled most of the UK rail network and many of the narrow gauge railways across Europe. He has also travelled the entire Albanian railway network. During his career in public relations, he was a founder director of Grand Central Railway Company, and helped launch its 'Open Access' services from Sunderland to London Kings Cross in 2007. Gareth is a working volunteer on the Mid-Hants Railway.

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