Liverpool Corporation Tramways
Liverpool Corporation Tram at Woodside, Birkenhead
|Open||16 November 1898|
|Close||14 September 1957|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Route length||90 miles (140 km)|
In 1897, Liverpool Corporation bought the Liverpool United Tramway and Omnibus Company and obtained an act of parliament, The Liverpool Tramway Transfer Act 1897.
A modernisation scheme followed immediately with electrification of services taking around 5 years.
The first electric service left Dingle on 16 November 1898. By 1901, the 101 million passengers were carried by the electric cars.
The last tram
The last tram, (Car 293 No. 6A), ran from Liverpool's Pier Head to Bowring Park on 14 September 1957.
The car was bought by the Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, Maine, U.S.A and shipped via Boston, Massachusetts in 1958. As of 2017, it is currently at the back of a shed at the Museum, and in poor condition.
Car 245 was restored to operational condition in 2014, by members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society at the Wirral Transport Museum in Birkenhead, and is operational at the Wirral Tramway.
Car 762 is operational at the Wirral Tramway.
Car 869 (known as a "Streamliner" or "Liner" in original Liverpool service, and "Green Goddess" in later Glasgow service) is part of the operational fleet at the National Tramway Museum at Crich in Derbyshire.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
- "Liverpool No.245 Restoration Progress Report" (PDF). mtps.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
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