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Regional Tramways - The North West of England, Post 1945 (Hardback)

Transport Photographic Books Colour Books Trams England

By Peter Waller
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Regional Tramways
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781473862074
Published: 25th September 2017



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This is the third in the 'Regional Tramways' series that covers the history of tramway operation in the British Isles.

Focusing on North-West England, the book provides an overview of the history of tramways in the region from the 1860s, when one of the pioneering horse trams that predated the Tramways Act of 1870 operated in Birkenhead (the first tramway to operate in the British Isles), through to the closures of the last traditional tramways (Stockport and Liverpool) in 1951 and 1957. It also looks at one great survivor the tramway in Blackpool that, fully modernized, continues to operate in the twenty-first century.

Concentrating on the systems that survived into 1945 Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bury, Darwen, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, SHMD and Stockport the book provides a comprehensive narrative, detailing the history of these operations from 1945 onwards, with full fleet lists, maps and details of route openings and closures.

The story is supported by almost 200 illustrations, both colour and black and white, many of which have never been published before, that portray the trams that operated in these towns and cities, and the routes on which they operated. Bringing the story up to date, the book also examines the one second-generation tramway built in the region Manchester Metrolink as well as informing readers where it is still possible to see surviving first-generation trams from the region in preservation.

This very comprehensive volume examines all the system in the North West England. Each system remaining in 1945 is covered in detail, but an introductory chapter also gives a valuable review from the earliest days of tramway operation in the region, covering both horse and the surprisingly extensive extent of steam-hauled operation, as well as the electrified systems from the late nineteenth century onwards.

Roads & Road Transport History Association

Complete with route maps, this is the definitive history of Lancashire and north Cheshire tramways.

This England, Spring 2018

A very detailed work with an impressive visual file.

Read the complete review in Spanish online here.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

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Express & Star, 3rd February 2018

It is packed with information, but its crowning glory is those evocative pictures.

Shropshire Star, 3rd February 2018 - reviewed by Toby Neal

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Bridgnorth Journal

The third book in this magical series looks at the North West of Britain, including Liverpool and Manchester etc. I remember travelling on a tram in London when I was about five years old, that would have been in 1951/2, I should think, and the fascination I had then with these magnificent vehicles has never diminished. I don't envy those people who live in cities, especially those that have newly installed tramways, like Nottingham, but I do wonder what it would be like to be able to travel around such cities in these coaches. This is an important piece of social history, a brilliant series.

Books Monthly

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 as 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, 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. He became a Council member of the National Transport Trust in 2020.

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