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Regional Tramways - London Transport (Hardback)

British History Transport London Colour Books Trams London Transport

By Peter Waller
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Regional Tramways
Pages: 168
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781473871182
Published: 6th November 2019

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The final volume in the ‘Regional Tramways’ series focuses on the history of tram operation in the London area. Starting the story with the pioneering horse tramways operated by George Francis Train in the 1860s, the book narrates how the various horse, steam, cable and electric tramways evolved in the period leading up to the creation of the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933. The primary focus of the book is the period immediately after World War 2 when, following the retention of the tramways for longer than anticipated, the process of conversion – codenamed ‘Operation Tramaway’ – saw almost 1,000 trams eliminated from the streets of London in less than two years. Also covered in the book are the two second-generation tramways – the Docklands Light Railway and Croydon Tramlink – which now serve parts of the Greater London area. The book concludes with an overview of those London trams that survive into preservation.

This book is sure to find a place on the shelves of the many London transport enthusiasts.

West Somerset Railway Association

This volume is a worthy addition to the abundance of previous London tram literature, reminding us again how ruthlessly we were deprived of such a magnificent public transport network.

Tramway Review

Given the wide range of previous books on London trams, the author and publisher are to be congratulated on producing a useful addition, that comprehensively summarises the subject matter without duplicating the work of others. Regional Tramways: London Transport should be read by anyone wanting an introduction to the subject and will provide useful material from which to embark on further studies.

Martin Higginson, Journal of the Road Transport History Association, March 2020

A very interesting and magnificently documented book.

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Miniaturas JM

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Branch Lines and Light Railway Publications

This book is the fourth in the collection "Regional Tramways" and like the others has a lot of good photographs and a lot of information about London's trams, especially the historic ones. A worthy epilogue to this collection and a good Christmas gift for tram lovers.

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Unos Cuantos Trenes Blog, Jorge del Valle

The final volume in the 'Regional Tramways' series focuses no the history of tram operations in the London area.

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About Peter Waller

Brought up in Bradford, Peter Waller grew up as the city's trolleybus network gradually declined.


In 1986 he commenced a career in publishing, working for a number of years for Ian Allan Ltd publishing books, where he oversaw the commissioning and publication of a wide range of books.


The first book he wrote was British and Irish Tramway systems since 1945, in 1992.


Since then he has written a number of transport books covering numerous subjects, moving to Shropshire where he is a director and secretary of the Online Transport Archive, a director of Shrewsbury Dial a Ride, chairman of the West Shropshire Talking Newspaper, a committee member of the National Railway Heritage Awards and a past president of Rotary Club of Shrewsbury.

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