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The London Feltham Tram (Hardback)

The Evolution of a Classic Tramcar Design

Transport London Photographic Books Colour Books 20th Century Trams

By Peter Waller
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526702135
Published: 3rd March 2020

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By the late 1920s the existing trams operated by both the Metropolitan Electric Tramways and the London United Tramways were increasingly aged. Although the long-term future of the tramways was open to doubt, the two operators co-operated in the development of one of the most important types of tram ever built in Britain – the ‘Feltham’. Conceived following detailed research and the construction of a number of prototype cars – facets covered in the book – the production ‘Felthams’ all entered service by the early 1930s. However, the LPTB’s plans for converting tram routes to trolleybus operation soon saw these modern cars transferred from north of the River Thames to south of the river. Here the production cars mostly survived until the final conversion programme; this was not the end of the story, however, as the majority were sold for further service to Leeds, where the last survivors were to see the final closure of the West Riding system in November 1959. The book explores the story of the ‘Felthams’ in London, Leeds and Sunderland where the unique centre-entrance car – MET No 331 – was to operate following withdrawal in the metropolis.

This book is about the tram "Feltham" which is one of the most important trams in Britain. It was designed and built in the early 1930s by Metropolitan Electric Tramways and London United Tramways to replace its old trams. In London they were replaced by trolleybus lines but continued to serve in Leeds and Sunderland.

Another great book by tram expert Peter Waller. It has a lot of information and good photographs to get to know this old tram model, which has become an icon. To complete this book, the book "London Transport" by the same author should also be read.

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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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