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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.

A very interesting and magnificently documented book.

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Miniaturas JM

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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 in a career 
in publishing, working for a number of years as Ian Allan Ltd’s Publisher (Books), where he oversaw the commissioning and publication of a wide range of books. The first book that he wrote was British and Irish Tramway Systems since 1945 in 1992. Since then he has written a number of books on transport subjects. Moving to Shropshire in 2007, he is now a full-time author and editor. He is also 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 the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury.

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