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Regional Tramways - Wales, Isle of Man and Ireland, Post 1945 (Hardback)

Transport Trams and Buses Wales Ireland

By Peter Waller
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 181
ISBN: 9781473861909
Published: 16th July 2018

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This is the fourth book in a series that covers the history of the tram systems of the British Isles post-war. It covers the networks in Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland.

Peter Waller examines the history of the tramways in Ireland, Wales and on the Isle of Man. With three different legislative frameworks, the history of the systems covered are very different – from the surviving horse tramway at Douglas on the Isle of Man through to the new Luas system operating in Dublin.

With an overview that provides the background to all of the tramways that once operated – plus the only tramway in the Channel Islands – alongside a comprehensive account of those systems that survived after 1945, the book is a fascinating portrait of the changing streetscapes of cities like Belfast and Cardiff as well as the remarkable survivor post-war, such as the Bessbrook & Newry and the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay.

Fully illustrated throughout with mono and colour illustrations – many of which have never been published before – as well as system maps, the book will be of interest to all with a history of trams – past and present – in the British Isles.

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South Wales Echo, 1st March 2019 – words by Brian Lee

this is an interesting and informative book and has all the expected qualities including a bibliography and index which make it a work of reference for extended research. our readers will enjoy it.

Irish Railway Record Society

The book is a feast of nostalgia recalling how important the tram was.

Shropshire Star, 21st November 2018 - reviewed by Tom Ferris

The range of historic photographs is excellent as is the description of what little is preserved.

Welsh Railways Research Circle No.156

This volume is well-researched, well-written and easy to read. The author definitely knows his subject. As a result, this book is likely to appeal to those railway enthusiasts with a particular interest in all forms of street tramways within Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland since 1945. It may also be of interest to those with a more ‘generalist’ interest in public transport within the British Isles while Historians with an interest in British and Irish Social History may find the images and text informative and useful.

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Shropshire Star (Last/Telford), 4th September 2018 - words by Toby Neal

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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